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Vietnam vets have a story we need to hear

News Editor Jonathan Scott notes that today marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and he recalls that time in his life with brothers in the service and growing up wondering about whether the war would end before he turned 18. Memories of stories from family and others who served in Vietnam are important, Scott writes, and he notes that local veteran Gene Hays has penned a book, “Year of the Monkey,” that tells some of those stories we need to hear. (April 30, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Everybody remembers turning 15, 18, 21, 30 …

    Editor Don Whitten writes about the notable birthdays we all celebrate, citing those we are anxious to have and those we dread showing up. A look at the milestone marks in life shows the divisions in time. (April 29, 2010, Page 4)

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      Kayla Gala one of most entertaining fundraisers

      It’s time once again for one of the most popular and entertaining fundraisers connected with Oxford High School – the fifth annual Kayla Gala. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the event which raises funds to benefit high school drama and theater students and departments and honor Kayla Sue Mize. (April 28, 2010, Page 4)

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        Complaining vs. counting our blessings

        While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Double Decker 2010 – weather gets top billing

          We just thought Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were headlining the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Since midweek, however, we’ve found that it’s really Mother Nature this year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the weather’s effect on the popular event and all of the scrambling local officials have done over the past 48 hours. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Cost of death penalty

            With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)

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              Is it time to swap “virtual” fences for real ones?

              A few years back, the government decided to try “virtual fences” with radar, cameras and sensors along the border between the United States and Mexico. With illegal immigration becoming a bigger issue with each passing day, Editor Don Whitten wonders if lawmakers ready to swap virtual fences for real ones don’t have a pretty good idea. (April 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                Who knew wonderful meals came in a can?

                Reading a story about the last sardine cannery in the United States closing brought back memories of eating meat and seafood products out of a can for Editor Don Whitten. He writes about his dislike for sardines, but remembers fondly dealing with vienna sausages and potted meat. (April 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Double Decker: Outside, inside and moving on

                  Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze takes a look back at the changes in her approach to the popular Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford. (April 16, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Time to turn our attention to busy weekends

                    With Tax Day almost behind us, Editor Don Whitten says it’s time to start turning our attention to less stressful and more enjoyable times. He suggests events coming up locally the next three weeks – Red-Blue Spring Game at Ole Miss, Double Decker Arts Festival, Relay for Life – and other ideas of what to get involved with. (April 15, 2010, Page 4)

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