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A few bad apples can hurt many, and keep them hurting

Sometimes it takes a trip to the doctor or dentist to see how drug dealers are starting to affect everyone. Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls a recent trip to the dentist with an infected tooth that ended up with her leaving without any pain pills – because of concerns about prescription medications’ use. (March 4, 2010, Page 4)

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    Barry Hannah – entertainer, teacher, inspiration

    Barry Hannah entertained many with his highly-acclaimed novels and collections of short stories, but his biggest contribution to the local community may well have come in the classroom as he’s taught, mentored and inspired countless students through the years. Editor Don Whitten admits to having his ups and downs with Hannah’s literary work, but not with all he’s seen from folks who tout Hannah’s other contributions. (March 3, 2010, Page 4)

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      Hannah helped shape many of us as writers

      I was going through a major life change a few years ago and wanted to find my way back to writing. I decided to enroll in Barry Hannah’s creative writing course thinking it would be fun. Boy was I ever wrong. Instead it was the most grueling and painful experience of my life and one that has forever changed who I am.
      Hannah wasn’t my favorite teacher because he was nice. He was a tough cookie with his students but anyone who ever had the joy of getting to experience it knows that they are forever a better writer because of him.

       (March 2, 2010, Page 4)

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        EAGLE’s new Web site full of features

        It’s been discussed for several years and it’s been in the serious planning and development stages for six months. And now it – The Oxford EAGLE’s new and improved Web site – is making its debut today. The site, which will offer something for all of our readers, will hopefully be a working model that will allow for e-subscriptions and other features for those who’d like to get their LOU community news via the Internet. (March 1, 2010, Page 4)

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          Did some folks miss out on the pride gene?

          You’ve got to wonder sometimes if folks have any pride at all, especially those who throw out garbage while traveling on County Road 313 in Lafayette County. Don Whitten takes a closer look at the issue after hearing from a resident who picks up the trash that’s on the side of the road near his property. (February 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Say, Guv, can I ask you a question?

            The general public doesn’t get many chances to ask top government officials questions, but readers of The Oxford EAGLE will get their chance next week if they submit some good ones to New Editor Jonathan Scott, who’s on a panel that will be talking with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Got a question? Send it in to Scott at The EAGLE. (February 25, 2010, Page 4)

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              Run for Hope a community-wide event

              Many local runners are taking part and many other citizens have volunteered for a wide variety of jobs at Saturday’s Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5-K run. Now, it’s time for the rest of us to do our part to cheer everyone on as they take part in a local event that helps a special cause at Camp Hopewell and could mean so much to the community. (February 24, 2010, Page 4)

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                What’s with the un-handicapped parking?

                How many times have you seen cars without handicapped parking license plates or placards parked inside those blue lines or in front of those blue signs? How many times have you see perfectly healthy folks get out of cars in those spots without any apparent concern about whose spot they were taking? Editor Don Whitten checked with local law enforcement officials to see what the general public can do about the illegal parking. (February 22, 2010, Page 4)

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                  1st District race drawing lots of attention

                  There was once a time – when Jamie Whitten and then Roger Wicker represented the district – when electing a U.S. Representative from North Mississippi meant sending the incumbent back to Washington in a landslide. No more. Democrat Travis Childers won the spot two years ago and is expected to face a challenge this year. (February 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Smith flight issue prompts important discussion

                    The outrage over director Kevin Smith’s treatment in getting bumped from a Southwest Airlines flight because of his weight offers the opportunity for the public to take a closer look at discrimination against overweight people. (February 18, 2010, Page 4)

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