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Conroy’s latest work gives valuable insight

It’s been said that you can get a quick fix on someone by seeing what he or she reads. Editor Don Whitten points out that’s not always easy to do, but is with one of the South’s favorite authors, Pat Conroy, whose latest book, “My Reading Life,” takes readers on a trip through his library and education to see how and why Conroy writes as he does. Conroy will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of the new book at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

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    Keeping It Simple

    Championship basketball coach John Wooden’s book “Wooden on Leadership” reminds local columnist Jimmy Reed about how his father used to teach the same basic lesson for life – that taking care of the small things and keeping it simple help take care of the big things. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

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      Polls open at 7 a.m.

      Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.

      “Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.

      But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.

      All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.

      There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Jobless rate inches up

        Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)

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          Scarecrows take over Wellsgate

          The Wellsgate Owners Association sponsored a scarecrow contest which wielded three winners on Sunday. The Ol’ Man River by 7-year-old Catherine Creekmore won $100 for first place; Shelby Proudfoote (of the shire) by Sam Davis won $50 for second place and Panty Thief by Janie and Joe Byrd won $25 for third place. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Going slow on alcohol sales

            Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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              School plans – great; timing – not so good

              Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Letters to the Editor

                The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Winter drawdown of lakes begins

                  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District has begun the annual winter water level drawdown of its lakes. The lowered level allows people to easily access archaelogical sites so officials warn it is against the law to “treasure hunt.” (November 1, 2010, Page 3A)

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                    Holli’s gets a new hand-made sign

                    Piper Clark and her grandpa Joe are regulars at Holli’s so when they learned about her stolen sign in August they set out to make her a new one. The new sign was hung on Thursday. (November 1, 2010, Page 7A)

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