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Rewriting ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

One of the longest and yet best-known of Christmas carols is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Editor Don Whitten recalls that tune that most of us knows well and updates it a bit with more modern gifts – starting with the partridge in a pear tree that becomes a cellphone with an unlimited plan. (December 20, 2013, Page 4A)

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    Oxford Conference Center — a valuable asset

    EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott gives his take on the recent discussion of closing down or re-purposing the Oxford Conference Center. (December 19, 2013, Page 4A)

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      Popular Santa letters section coming Friday

      It’s one of the most popular special sections The Oxford EAGLE publishes. And it – the Seasons’ Greeting section that includes all those letters to Santa from local youngsters – comes out in Friday’s paper. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the inside joys of reading and typing the special letters at Christmas. (December 18, 2013, Page 4A)

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        Take proper precautions during holidays

        Shopping, visiting or leaving town during the holidays? It’s certainly common in a university town. Editor Don Whitten repeats some warnings from local authorities about taking proper precautions and adds a few of his own. (December 16, 2013, Page 4)

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          Grisham, King, Conroy sequels read well

          Sequels work in movies, usually, better than books. There are exceptions, however, and three book sequels out by popular authors are excellent examples. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the latest works by John Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy which are follow-ups to novels from, literally, decades ago. (December 13, 2013, Page 4A)

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            Final weeks decide Heisman as well as title matchup

            Editor Don Whitten takes a look at college football and its premier individual award, the Heisman Trophy, and notes how one game seems to take on as much importance as the other 11 a player or team has. (December 11, 2013, Page 4)

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              It’s time for letters to – and from – Santa

              While school children around the area are working on letters to Santa Claus that are printed in the annual Season’s Greetings section of The Oxford EAGLE, Editor Don Whitten came across a letter recently from good ol’ Saint Nick himself asking about the correspondence from the LOU community. (December 9, 2013, Page 4A)

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                Grab the shovel, it’s getting deep

                Have you heard about all the joys of owning your own home? Just ask Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, who had to deal with some of the not-so-fun benefits of home ownership on the just second night there. (December 6, 2013, Page 4A)

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                  Being happy just to be here

                  Have you ever had one of those days or weeks when everything seems to go wrong. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg had one recently but, thanks to a couple of comments she heard, she’s now taking a different approach to life. (December 5, 2013, Page 4)

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                    Local teams get shot at ultimate goal

                    High school football teams in Mississippi have several goals: making the playoffs, practicing Thanksgiving week when school is out, earning a trip to Jackson for the state finals and, ultimately, winning a state championship. The two local teams, Oxford’s Chargers  and Lafayette’s Commodores, both get a shot at the ultimate goal – in the same season and on the same day – this weekend. (December 4, 2013, Page 4)

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