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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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A soft touch during hard times

News Editor Jonathan Scott’s notion that the L-O-U community is a caring and giving one was only reinforced by recent work that showed 13 pages in the popular FYI section are dedicated to groups who give to the community. He also pointed to fundraisers and events held just in the past week that show local citizens, even in tough times, are ready to help others. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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    How’s it going with that summer reading list?

    Summer reading – it’s a tradition for many while it’s something others try to avoid at all costs. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at school summer reading lists and what they can offer youngsters as well as taking a look back at his summer reading habits from days gone by. (June 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Wood bat stories bring back memories

      “Coach, do you remember wood bats?” “Did they have wooden bats when you played?” Those questions came regularly back during Editor Don Whitten’s days coaching youth baseball and he was reminded of some of those memories and of his days playing with wood bats after reading a couple of recent stories in the sports section. (June 21, 2010, Page 4)

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        Honor for ‘Preacher’ Lovelady very fitting

        Family members are putting together a very fitting tribute to Morris “Preacher” Lovelady, who’s contributed so much to the Lafayette-Oxford-University community through his work on campus, with the summer baseball programs and with Boy Scouts. The “Preacher” Lovelady Silver Beaver Golf Scramble, set for July 17 at the University Golf Course, will honor Lovelady and benefit one of his favorite causes. (June 18, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Inspirational youngster gives hope for the future

          Staff writer Melanie Addington says we need to take positives out of the recent story about 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s attempt to sail around the world rather than heap criticism on her and her parents. It’s hope for the future that makes Sunderland’s story one to read, Addington writes. (June 17, 2010, Page 4)

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            Dealing with heat is serious business

            Editor Don Whitten has gotten a lot of feedback about a recent column where he suggested we’re too accustomed to air conditioning, and he takes a look at some of those comments as he talks about dealing with the unusually hot June days we’re experiencing. (June 16, 2010, Page 4)

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              Learning more about The EAGLE’s e-edition

              It’s taken a little help from some readers, but Editor Don Whitten has learned about some interesting features of the newspaper’s new e-edition. He writes about some of them, including a “reader” for stories and being able to translate stories into different languages. (June 11, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Alcohol sales an issue in the cyberworld, too

                Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg admits it – she’s an online game junkie. What’s she’s recently discovered, too, is that there is an uncanny similarity between the online world she plays in and the real one she lives in since there’s an issue about alcohol sales in both. After taking a look at the issue, she wonders if there might be more democracy in her gaming world. (June 10, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Is it hotter now, or do we just need it cooler?

                  Is it global warming or just getting accustomed to 72-75 degree machine-cooled air over the years that makes it so difficult to go outside or to places with the AC set on 78 or 80? Editor Don Whitten recalls days when air conditioners were not part of life and wonders if we’ve just hurt ourselves by getting too comfortable. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Grisham hits home run with latest book

                    To borrow a prhase from one of bestselling author John Grisham’s favorite sports, he has hit a home run with his latest book, “Theodore Boone – Kid Lawyer.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the first in what appears to be a series aimed at a new audience for Grisham – readers in the 8 to 14 age group. (June 7, 2010, Page 4A)

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