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Friday, October 31, 2014

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The Christmas gift that keeps giving

Remember Peggy – the dog that came home after being missing for several years? News Editor Jonathan Scott has been asked about the wirehaired terrier numerous times since relating that story a year ago, and today he updates all of those concerned on Peggy’s progress in the Scott home. (December 10, 2010, Page 4A)

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    We’ll still be paying – just at a different level

    Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

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      Be careful, safe when decorating for Christmas

      Are your doors and windows decorated. What about outside lights or inflatable snowmen or Santas? Editor Don Whitten gives an update on the Christmas decorating at his house and offers some hints and guidelines to follow to help make this time of the year safe and enjoyable. (December 6, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Weekend offers lots of arts, crafts sales

        Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Staying safe

          EAGLE Staff Writer Melanie Addington writes about a subject she wished she didn’t know a whole lot about – dealing with the trauma of having someone break into your home. She urges residents to be careful and be smart, especially with the holidays here. (December 2, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Taking a closer look at MHSAA numbers

            The Mississippi High School Activities Association divides up member schools for interscholastic competition according to enrollment and the MHSAA has released the news classes for 2011-13 on its website. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers and how they relate to athletics and competition among the schools. (December 1, 2010, Page 4)

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              Shopping for the hard-to-shop-for

              The question is to be expected about this time of the year: Have you come up with a list of things for people to get you for Christmas? It’s an easy question to answer when you’re talking about youngsters, but a bit more difficult when you get to older folks. Editor Don Whitten discusses the problems shopping for middle-aged males and others in the hard-to-shop-for category. (November 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Showing our appreciation to those who help others

                Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Giving thanks for – and on – a special holiday

                  Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for Oxford EAGLE employees because they get off Thursday afternoon and all day Friday after satisfying both readers and advertisers with a special Thanksgiving Day edition. Editor Don Whitten takes time to thanks those who help with the paper and to remind everyone to be thankful at this time of the year. (November 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Reacting to ‘Thou shalt not Facebook’

                    “Thou shalt not Facebook.” That’s the word a New Jersey pastor has given his congregation and, while it seems like a reasonable suggestion, it makes Editor Don Whitten remember other words of helpful advice that many seem to take as a challenge. Will curiosity get the best of folks? (November 22, 2010, Page 4A)

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