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On the road to becoming a true Oxonian

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg continues to learn more and more about her community, thanks lately to an assignment that gave her a ride on the Double Decker Bus, visits to several local art galleries and a trip by the University Museum. She writes about her discoveries, including the location of Faulkner Alley, and her plans for the future. (April 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Surprise Final Four leaves you wondering

    So you’re all for tournaments deciding who’s the best team for a given season? And you really think some, or all, of this year’s Final Four deserves to be No. 1 in men’s college basketball for 2010-11? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the surprising Final Four and makes a case that next Monday’s winner would more accurately be called the tournament champion rather than the No. 1 team for the season. (March 30, 2011, Page 4)

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      Just how many days does March have?

      March has been a busy month with lots going on for everyone, but that still hasn’t made the month seem any shorter. Editor Don Whitten suspects that it’s the way the calendar falls this year that makes the month seem so long. (March 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Giving – it’s something we’re good at

        If you’re lending someone a helping hand, then give yourself a hand. In a state and a community that’s known for supporting charitable causes, there are plenty of options. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our giving spirit and some of the possibilities to get involved with this spring. (March 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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          There’s more to it than holding a light

          What do you do when you get in the real world and get sick? Call Mama, of course. What about when you have a problem with your car? Call Daddy. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks and a friend recently tried their hand at some automotive repair work and found out that it’s a good thing that Dad is still around if needed. (March 24, 2011, Page 4)

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            Legislators need to work this conflict out

            There’s a new “R” word being thrown around that has folks up in arms – “redistricting.” State legislators cannot agree on new district lines for the state House and Senate, and now it appears some members of the House will be joining a lawsuit that could involve the Senate. Editor Don Whitten notes that legislators need to work this one out – and soon – or voters will take care of the problem in one or two upcoming elections. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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              Back on the fence between cats and dogs

              Are you a cat person? Or do you prefer dogs? There are those families who have both of the popular pets, but most folks tend to side with one or the other. Editor Don Whitten has spent lots of years in every situation, and takes a moment to contemplate how he’s come to stand on the middle of the fence between canines and felines. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Open communication: A prescription for success

                The prognosis is mixed on Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s effort to build a new hospital in Oxford because of a rough spot in negotiations with local government boards because of site options. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the ongoing issue and says that an open debate and the availability of information will help all involved understand the process. (March 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Glad to be living in the 21st century

                  Sinus infections and colds are one thing; pneumonia is a completely different animal. Editor Don Whitten talks about dealing with the illness that, he points out, would have killed his grandparents and put his parents in the hospital. With modern medicine and the good health care we have in the 21st century, however, it can be dealt with. (March 14, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Three of this, three of that – lots of threes

                    Remember the saying that “good things come in threes”? Start thinking about that just a bit and you can really see a list start to grow of things with three members, three parts, three words, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten makes out his list, from TV networks to musical groups to sports connections, and then wonders if readers might have a few more to add. (March 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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