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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Meals on Wheels volunteers more than delivery people

We applaud all who take part in Meals on Wheels, and especially those volunteers who take much more than just food to recipients. Volunteers are often the only contact many homebound seniors have with the rest of the world, and Meals on Wheels provides them with a friend, a confidant and someone who will check on their safety and well-being. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Maybe it’s time we check our priorities

    Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes about the extremely successful fundraising effort that will pay off the fine Ole Miss received for its fans storming the field after the win over Alabama and also pay for the goal posts and other repairs needed, wondering how great it would be if we could get an outpouring of donations like that for local charities that help the truly needy. (October 10, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Abbeville Autumnfest a great example of local festivals

      It’s October and time for fall festivals, and one of the longest-running ones in the area is the Autumnfest in Abbeville. We applaud the folks in Abbeville for annually hosting one of the area’s best festivals and encourage everyone to travel to northern Lafayette County on Saturday if you have the opportunity. (October 10, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Oct. 4 — a date that will live in Ole Miss history

        ESPN’s GameDay came to town. Ole Miss beat Alabama. The LOU community gained lots of positive media coverage. Publisher Tim Phillips looks at what made Oct. 4, 2014, so special, including coming up with a Top 10 list of things connected with the weekend. (October 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Excel By 5 celebrates 10th anniversary

          The Excel By 5 program in Mississippi, celebrating its 10th anniversary, continues to grow with communities around the state working to gain the certified status that Lafayette County and 17 other sites around the state have attained. We applaud those who work with Excel By 5 for what it’s doing for the education of our young children. (October 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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            Is there a downside to technology?

            Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the possibility that technology can be a concern, wondering how you balance the advantages and improvements with the loss of low-skilled and low-paying jobs. (October 8, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Dr. Ward D. Harder writes to complement Oxford and Ole Miss on its hospitality last weekend and to warn about a ticket scammer, Jeff Justis writes to take issue with a recent Jimmy Reed column and ask who’s to blame, and Paul A. Callens writes to urge all to learn more about mental illnesses and mental health during Mental Illness Awareness Week. (October 8, 2014, Page 4A)

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                On The Inside

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed, in observing some of his students, is reminded of a lesson he learned years before about how people can be beautiful where it really counts — on the inside. (October 7, 2014, Page 4)

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                  They’re here — pumpkins galore

                  They’re here. But don’t wait too long. If you do, you may miss your chance to take pictures of your children in the middle of the iconic St, Peter’s Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch or you may not get a pumpkin or two for your fall and Halloween decorating. (October 7, 2014, Page 4)

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                    A shift, perhaps

                    Local author, editor and publisher Lee White writes, in “Your Turn,” that the recent success under Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze and comparisons to coaching icon Johnny Vaught might be signaling a change for the Rebels and their fans. (October 6, 2014, Page 4)

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