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UM professors top list for Speaker of the House

Did you know that the Constitution does not require the person elected as Speaker of the House to be an elected U.S. Representative. Editor Don Whitten, who learned that bit of info earlier this week, takes a look at the possibilities of someone else – he suggests UM professors John Winkle and Ron Rychlak – taking Nancy Pelosi’s position of power. (July 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Girl Scouts provides more than delicious cookies

    News Editor Jonathan Scott recalls his days as a Boy Scout and all that it did for him, and then relates that to the same types of things that girls get from Girl Scouts. A recent trip as a chaperone for some local Girl Scouts gave him even more appreciation for what belong to the organization means to those involved. (July 22, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Retiring ice cream flavors to the ‘Deep Freeze’

      Baskin-Robbins, set to celebrate 65 years in business, is retiring five of its “classic” flavors. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the flavors going into the “Deep Freeze” as well as some of the favorites remaining for customers. (July 21, 2010, Page 4)

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        How many of you know our state song?

        Newspapers and libraries are often called for information that no one else seems to have, and one question that’s come to The EAGLE lately involves Mississippi’s state song. Editor Don Whitten recalls learning the song, “Go Mississippi,” during his elementary school days. (July 19, 2010, Page 4)

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          Voters face big decision with ‘personhood’ proposal

          Staff writer Melanie Addington points to the initiative concerning changing wording in state law defining when a human becomes a person and worries about the government getting even more involved in life choices for women. She talks about a recent lawsuit filed over the issue and argues that we could spend our time better to help our youth. (July 16, 2010, Page 4A)

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            County fairs offer a little bit of everything

            County fairs and livestock shows used to fill the schedule of events in the summer months around the state, but now are not as commonplace. Editor Don Whitten looks at what they have to offer and suggests possibly taking in one of the nearby ones still going strong. (July 15, 2010, Page 4)

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              Garden plot holds so many memories

              EAGLE Co-Publisher Tim Phillips thinks back over the memories about the garden plot that he and his father, EAGLE Publisher Emeritus Jesse Phillips, plant and harvest each year. It’s a labor of love for Jesse Phillips, and Tim Phillips says it’s something that he has come to appreciate just as much as his father. (July 14, 2010, Page 4)

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                Summers seem to be getting shorter

                The countdown has gotten serious. No, not the countdown until the start of preseason football practice or the countdown to the first game this season, but rather the countdown to students returning to school. Editor Don Whitten points out that the summer break seemed to start just a few weeks ago, and now there are signs pointing toward school buses, shopping trips for new clothes and changing summer schedules for school mornings. (July 12, 2010, Page 4)

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                  E-readers popular, but still can’t top real books

                  Everywhere you go, it seems like you see and hear about e-readers such as Nooks, Kindles, iPads and Kobos. Editor Don Whitten has seen the price of the new way to read books come down, but he’s still not ready to switch from buying and reading ink-and-paper versions. (July 9, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Cable company leaves Lafayette County out in the cold

                    Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for their recent emphatic “No” vote on giving the local cable company, MetroCast, a tax exemption. Cutting taxes, especially for schools, is a big no-no with customers and the supervisors made that clear with their vote. (July 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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