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Balancing connected with being too connected

We live in a world of instant communication, and advanced and multipurpose cell phones are one of the tools that’s made that happen. Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has recently updated her phone, but it still leaves her wondering if we might not be getting too connected these days. (February 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Nonpartisan voting would be easier, cheaper

    With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)

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      Who suffers in pro sports work stoppages?

      Who’s gonna get locked out? Who’s gonna strike? Will we have NFL football, NBA basketball or NHL hockey next season? Editor Don Whitten ponders these questions as it looks more and more like one or more of the leagues will have one of their every-so-often conflicts between millionaire players and even-richer owners. (January 31, 2011, Page 4)

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        Run for Hope half marathon, 5K drawing near

        Last year’s inaugural Run For Hope Half Marathon and 5K Run attracted more than 600 participants and was a community-wide affair that benefits camps for youngsters with diabetes and cancer at Camp Hopewell. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at plans underway for this year’s event, set for Feb. 26. For more information, check out the race website at www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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          The one that I stuck with

          How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates that he’s been able to keep one — reading more — for a while now although he is looking for a new author to read since he’s gone through all of the books of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)

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            Local politics starting to get interesting

            Did you realize it’s only 187 days until the first primary elections are held? And just over 10 months before the general election? Editor Don Whitten writes that a date to pay a bit more attention to right now is March 1, the filing deadline for those running for local offices this year, and he notes that lots of hats have already been thrown into the ring. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)

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              ‘Lafayette County Heritage’ in 4th printing

              Looking for some general or detailed historical information about Oxford, one of the many communities in Lafayette County or the University of Mississippi? Look no further than “Lafayette County Heritage,” a 1986 book that’s in its fourth printing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the popular resource book that’s available from the Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society. (January 24, 2011, Page 4)

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                City, county officials urged to respond to Baptist

                A meeting is set Monday for local officials and Baptist Hospital officials to discuss some of the particulars of a proposed new facility that would involve the current lease of the local hospital. Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes that the open meeting format is good and urges officials to work together for the good of the community and its health care facilities and programs. (January 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Separation of church, state can get confusing

                  The Mississippi State Senate approves a chaplain. Judges out west rule that a cross at a park is unconstitutional. Where’s the separation of church and state and where is the middle ground. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg takes on the wide variety of responses to the issue and suggests that more clear-cut laws would help eliminate these “What?” moments of conflict. (January 20, 2011, Page 4)

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                    We can all help with this school project

                    A letter to the editor from a 14-year-old student in Muskegon, Mich., is asking for help from Oxford EAGLE readers on a school project about life in Mississippi. Editor Don Whitten gets the ball rolling for Logan Moore by writing him a letter in his column telling a bit about our community, our schools, our weather, et cetera. (January 19, 2011, Page 4)

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