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Local columnist Jimmy Reed, who teaches composition and literature classes, has seen a wide variety of answers to questions, particularly bonus questions, on exams. Reed gives a few examples of some of the unusual and entertaining prose his students have offered recently. (March 9, 2010, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Pantry Publicist Barbara Smith thanks all of the individuals, businesses and community-minded groups who helped make the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser a big success. (March 8, 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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        Letters to the Editor

        Clark Hunt was pleased with the turnout at the recent Homeless Task Force meeting, but wants to make sure local government officials and members of the community remain aware of the needs of the Interfaith Compassion Ministry which offers most of the assistance now. (March 5, 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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            Letters to the Editor

            Maralyn Howell Bullion wonders if we’re not starting to forget about our country’s founders and heroes after seeing George Washington’s birthday pass without any notice, while Dick Burkepile writes to note that there are people taking advantage of handicapped parking decals and spots. (March 4, 2010, Page 4)

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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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                    EAGLE’s new Web site full of features

                    It’s been discussed for several years and it’s been in the serious planning and development stages for six months. And now it – The Oxford EAGLE’s new and improved Web site – is making its debut today. The site, which will offer something for all of our readers, will hopefully be a working model that will allow for e-subscriptions and other features for those who’d like to get their LOU community news via the Internet. (March 1, 2010, Page 4)

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