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Lots happens during Spring Break vacation

Taking off a week for Spring Break isn’t anything new in an education-oriented community. Neither is having lots to catch up on when you return, as Editor Don Whitten found out after spending a week out of town. He discusses things that went on during the previous week, including deaths, weather, sports and local business. (March 22, 2010, Page 4)

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    What are they teaching our children?

    Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, and Constance McMillen and the American Civil Liberties Union are teaching us all just that.
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford on behalf of 18-year-old McMillen after the Itawamba County School District said it wouldn’t host her April 2 prom in response to her request to be allowed to bring a female as her date and to wear a tuxedo.

     (March 18, 2010, Page 4)

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      It’s time to fill out those Census forms

      Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a sample form of the U.S. Census for 2010 that will be arriving in your mailbox any day now. It’s the short, simple form that ads have promoted, and Whitten suggests filling out the important form as a family. (March 15, 2010, Page 4)

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        Building a Web site that we’ll use, too

        Senior Staff Writer Lucy Shultze, in conjunction with Web designer John Herren, has been one of the driving forces behind the EAGLE’s new Web site, and even she’s been a bit surprised at how much she is using the features of the new site even after reading most of the paper while at work. (March 12, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Spring looks like it’s just around the corner

          Spring doesn’t officially start until the end of next week, but there are plenty of signs popping up around the community that it’s going to be on time this year. Editor Don Whitten gives us some of the sights and sounds that signal that spring is just about here. (March 11, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Young readers get chance to meet popular authors

            Jack, Annie, Morgan le Fay, Merlin. Those names sound familiar? If you’ve been around the popular Magic Tree House series reading with youngsters, you know them as the major characters. Local fans will get a chance to meet the authors of the long-running series, Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, at Off Square Books on Wednesday. (March 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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              What are the rules for proper, improper texting?

              There’s not an etiquette book about what to do and what not to do when texting, but perhaps we need one soon. Editor Don Whitten writes about two experiences with “texters” recently and wonders if their behavior will be approved in the future. (March 5, 2010, Page 4A)

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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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