Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)
Perhaps you’ve noticed the name “Schnugg” a bit more often the last few issues of The Oxford EAGLE? It’s because Amanda Schnugg has joined her mother, Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, as a member of the news team via a summer internship. Alyssa Schnugg is not surprised and is very proud to welcome her daughter to the profession. (June 23, 2011, Page 4)
Never been to Disney World and all of its attractions? Wonder why those that have get almost glassy-eyed when talking about their visit? News Editor Jonathan Scott moves from one group to the other after helping take a load of Girl Scouts to “the happiest place on Earth” and he writes about his conversion from skeptic to loyal mouseketeer. (June 9, 2011, Page 4)
Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg looks back at “surviving” the predicted Judgment Day last weekend, and takes a closer look at why she’d rather hang around a while longer before moving on for eternity. (May 26, 2011, Page 4)
Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about the first unit to leave Oxdford to fight in the Civil War . The Lamar Guard was formed in 1860. They left Oxford in 1861 where they would fight in Pensacola, Fla. and in North Carolina. (March 4, 2011, Page 2B)
Just the smell of smoke from a structure fire is enough to give Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg flashbacks to the night years ago when her house caught fire. She and her family got out safely, and it was the Red Cross volunteer who showed up to help them through the first hours and days of the tragedy that she remembers as she urges everyone to support, and get involved with, their local Red Cross unit. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)
Got a few extra dollars – a few million – gathering dust? Looking for a real estate bargain? Editor Don Whitten takes a fun-filled look around the world of high-dollar, celebrity-oriented real estate as he prices a mobster’s home, Truman Capote’s spread and some private islands. What better way to spend a dreary late-winter, pre-spring day? (February 28, 2011, Page 4)
How many times have you heard, “If I win the lottery I would …”?
Chances are, if you are from Mississippi, not very often. I grew up in Florida and turning 18 meant one thing — being able to play the lottery. It was one of the first things I did on my way to work on my birthday. I bought both a scratch off and a Florida Lotto ticket and, although I did not win that week’s lotto (or any week’s), the excitement was just as fun.
As a student, the lottery would be a great benefit for myself and my classmates. The game’s main purpose — besides allowing those lucky few to win large amounts of money — is to fund programs for education. With the current budget cuts and the rise in price of education, a lottery could help many students and schools with extra funding that is so desperately needed by many. (October 15, 2010, Page 1B)
With more news coming out about a 12-year-old girl’s free-fall from an amusement park thrill ride in Wisconsin earlier this summer, Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people choose to strap themselves in for such dangerous-looking rides, much less allow their youngsters to get on or in the ride. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)
Most people I know do not realize I have not always lived in Mississippi. I lived in Florida up until I was about 4 years old. And one of my family’s favorite past times was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico — the Gulf that is now filled with millions of gallons of crude oil. (June 18, 2010, Page 2B)