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‘The Family Fang’ – an interesting debut novel

Looking for a late-summer read that’s light and humorous with a serious undertone? Or maybe something with a serious look at family dynamics that also contains comedy? Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, “The Family Fang,” can give you either approach – or both. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Wilson’s work. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Former Gov. Bill Waller writes to say that elections results and numbers from the Aug. 2 primary show that Mississippi needs to drop its closed primary system and replace it with an open primary. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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      The joys of Friday night high school football

      There’s little better to enjoy than Friday night high school football. So says Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, who’s been on hand for his share of games through the years. It’s time again for another season, and Eubanks lays out plans for 2012 while also taking a look at the past. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        David Smith writes to take note of the ongoing conflicts between politicians with one side seeming to oppose the other regardless of the issue, and he urges all to drop their rigid ideology and work for the good of all. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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          ‘The Help’ shouldn’t sell us warm, fuzzy nostalgia

          Local columnist Deidra Jackson is a little suspect about the book and movie, “The Help,” after reading some of the reviews, and she talks with someone – her mother – who lived the life as a housekeeper decades ago for a different perspective. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Jan H. Robertson writes to remind readers of another election going on, one where they can vote with their dollars for Marti Stark in the “Dance Like the Stars” event that will help raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Interstate barriers – the best answer for safety

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at a new system designed to make highways safer – barriers in the median that include posts and cable. He looks into the cost and wonders if there might not be better ways to spend money or to make traveling safer. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Jim Reeves writes to ask if golf can be subsidized in the same way that tennis supporters are requesting the city, county and university to build more tennis courts. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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                  What Angels Eat

                  Mark Twain said the Southern watermelon is king of all fruits, and local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the delicious melon – including a lesson he learned about picking the best ones out at the Farmers’ Market. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Cal Bowen writes to say that the real cost of public debt is the interest that has to be paid more so than reckless spending. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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