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Good Gossip

Bad gossip and good storytelling share, local columnist Jimmy Reed writes, a characteristic that makes one more injurious and the other more interesting. Reed relates a recent discussion with some of his students and makes the point that there’s no such thing as good gossip. (January 4, 2011, Page 4)

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    Losing invaluable muses during the past year

    The community newspaper business is one where we try to serve our readers by giving them a snapshot of their lives and the lives of those around them. To accomplish this, we count on members of the community to help us with stories, story ideas, pictures, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of his most valuable contacts – his “muses” – passed away in 2010 and will be missed. (January 3, 2011, Page 4)

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      Probation. Probation?

      Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at several recent court cases, some high profile and others not so well-known, and observes how it seems that probation and not jail time is often the sentence. Is Lady Justice really blind, he asks. (December 30, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Let’s be reasonable with those resolutions

        Have you decided on any New Year’s resolutions? With only a couple of days to go before 2011 hits, Editor Don Whitten makes a few suggestions including resolutions about eating, exercising, reading, voting – and writing letters to the editor. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Alan Lamb writes, tongue only partly in cheek, to ask if anyone else has noticed the lack of working turn signals on automobiles in Oxford and wonders if there shouldn’t be a protest about the slight. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)

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            Naturalness

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about a friend and former student to show a trait he’s resolving to try to take on in 2011 – naturalness. (December 28, 2010, Page 4)

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              We’re No. 2 – and we wish we weren’t

              Gasoline consumption down? Fuel prices rising? More costly in Mississippi? What’s the real story on gasoline and diesel fuel prices and how much it means to people. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers which place Mississippi second only to Montana in how much consumers spend to run their vehicles. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Kenny G. Coleman writes to note the past contributions of the local Baptist Memorial Healthcare System and to encourage the community to support BMH’s expansion plans. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

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                  It’s time for the most important birthday

                  What kind of birthday cake are you having Saturday? Whose birthday? Jesus Christ, of course. Editor Don Whitten looks at family traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as we head into the biggest birthday of all. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Your best gifts won’t be wrapped this Christmas

                    While we seem, every year, to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, local columnist Deidra Jackson says we need to make sure we embrace the ordinary and important things in life at this special time of the year. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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