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Giving a hero his ’15 minutes of fame’

Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg planned to interview retired Lt. Col. Simon LaVois “Spider” Webb for a Veterans Day story, but the World War II veteran passed away before she could do the story. Today, with Memorial Day coming up, she lets Webb tell one of his war stories with his own words as she runs a piece he wrote about an unfortunate training incident. (May 23, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Nearing 100 — and still going strong

    Editor Don Whitten talks with his “Aunt Lorene,” Lorene Lantrip White, as she gets ready for this weekend’s 100th birthday party in her honor. White talks about living through two world wars and countless other events and changes during the last century. (May 22, 2014, Page 4)

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      Early graduation: What’s the rush?

      Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze takes a look at a growing trend — graduating early from high school — and urges students and families to slow down, savor the moments and not rush. (May 21, 2014, Page 4)

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        Great advice for all: Don’t be stupid

        A recent report about a man dying after asking a friend to shoot at his bullet-proof vest leads Editor Don Whitten to pass along some advice to graduating seniors — and everyone else. (May 19, 2014, Page 4)

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          There’s never a quick and easy assembly

          Looking for a decent handyman good for helping around the house? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks might be your man. Unless what you need done has that magic phrase: “Quick and easy assembly using including hardware and tools.” (May 16, 2014, Page 4A)

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            Oxford in good company — as expected

            Oxford has made another “top” list, joining five other cities around the country as the top six college town for retirement according to Grandparents.com. (May 15, 2014, Page 4)

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              New roads — paths to the future

              When new roads are usually built, Editor Don Whitten writes, we see little of the work until the project is finished. That’s not the case for a new road that will provide another entrance and exit from the Oxford Commons area. Whitten writes about other road changes locally and how they are all the key to the future. (May 14, 2014, Page 4)

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                Popular baby names in 2013 — not Don!

                The most popular baby names in the United States in 2013? How about Sophia for the girls and Noah for the boys. But no “Don,” as Editor Don Whitten points out in a look at popular names over the years. (May 12, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Your mother — your own personal MVP

                  With Mother’s Day coming up Sunday, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at what all mothers do for their families and how there’s no real way to calculate all of the value of that work, influence and inspiration. (May 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    Voter ID takes state in wrong direction

                    News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at Mississippi’s voter ID law that will be in place in the upcoming primaries and writes that the state should remove that burden on would-be voters and also consider implementing early voting. (May 8, 2014, Page 4)

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