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Watching your baby having a baby

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg relates the joys and worries of becoming a mother and, as in her case, becoming a grandmother. (September 30, 2010, Page 4)

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    Vote Yes – For our children, our town, our future!

    Oxford Eagle Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes to encourage voters to support the bond issue to improve the local school system in an upcoming election Oct. 26. Phillips gives enrollment figures to show the need for new facilities, goes over plans for the bond funds and touts the accomplishments and community value of a strong school system. (September 29, 2010, Page 4)

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      School not the only place for teaching, learning

      President Barack Obama spoke about education earlier this week, suggesting holding teachers and students accountable and considering a longer school year. Those things, plus money, may help Johnny learn to read better, but probably not any more than things his parents, siblings and relatives could do at home. Editor Don Whitten calls on family members to do their part in the education process as well. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

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        Explaining the somewhat-confusing judicial races

        We just over a month away from mid-term elections which, around these part, include district circuit and chancery court judge races. Yes, that’s what the vast majority of campaign signs around the community are about. For those a little confused about who they can vote for, Editor Don Whitten gets a bit of help from the circuit clerk’s office. (September 27, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Summer of 2010 was event-filled – and hot

          What do you remember most about the summer of 2010 as it officially ends this week? World Cup soccer? The Gulf oil spill? Sunday sales of alcohol? Or the heat? Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at a season that’s seemed very long and very tough to deal with. (September 22, 2010, Page 4)

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            Classic toys stand the test of time

            Remember 8-track tapes, rotary-dial telephones, nickel candy bars, encyclopedia sets? Probably not. But what about Etch-a-Sketch, Slinky, Tinker Toys, Yo-yos and Sock Monkeys? Of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why classic toys stay popular while similar-aged items are all but forgotten. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Few signs of the future we were promised

              Remember the cartoon series, “The Jetsons,” that told us about the “future” with robots and flying cars and such? Word that a company in Massachusetts is coming out with a flying car brought memories of those promises from “The Jetsons” back to News Editor Jonathan Scott who takes a look at some other things we once thought we might have by now. (September 17, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Some early history of the Oxford School District

                Oxford EAGLE Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes to relate some of the history of the local school district, including its separation from the University of Mississippi and local integration as he urges local residents to continue working for local students by voting for the upcoming bond issue. (September 16, 2010, Page 4)

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                  You can see where we learned our ‘hospitality’

                  Editor Don Whitten relates an interesting story from a trip Oxonian Wilbur Lee Todd and his family made to and from North Carolina last weekend for a wedding, pointing out that there are plenty of good people around and noting that it’s clear where we learned much of our Southern hospitality. (September 15, 2010)

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                    The main goal should be helping kids learn

                    We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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