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Mississippi

Scores up in state, future promising

With school back in session, Mississippi Department of Education board chairman Charles McClelland writes a guest column to note the improvement in test scores from last year and to say that even better things are expected this year in Mississippi. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

Election Day and time to vote

Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Whose personhood?

Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at the personhood initiative, Amendment 26, that is expected to be on the ballot in Mississippi in November. She cites statistics about serious issues in our state and asks if those issues need to be dealt with more than personhood. (July 29, 2011, Page 4A)

Having to pick a line upsets some of us

The closer it gets to voting on Aug. 2, the madder some folks get about the limitations of Mississippi’s primary voting rules. Editor Don Whitten is among those voters, and he points out that he’d like to vote for people on both the Democratic and Republican tickets but is going to have to decide which one to pick. (July 25, 2011, Page 4)

Let’s hope the cost doesn’t get too high for movies

Was the recent timing of a price hike for Netflix moves coincidental or not? Alex P. Watson takes a look at the availability and cost of movies for consumers in a guest column and wonders about the effect on indie films and Mississippi filmmakers. (July 21, 2011, Page 4)

Independence from fast food

Staff Writer Melanie Addington is looking for some helpful tips to help her gain independence from fast food – something that’s affecting lots of us in Mississippi. (June 30, 2011, Page 4)

We want you to consider yourselves winners

We’re excited, at The Oxford EAGLE, about winning awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. We’re excited for our staff members who helped bring home 25 awards, including General Excellence among small daily papers, and we’re also excited for you – our subscribers, advertisers and readers – because you’re the reason we strive to do our best every day. (June 28, 2011, Page 4)

Unlikely Angel

Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute to the man – Sergeant Major Henry Dawkins – who played a key role in shaping his life-long beliefs and actions during a tour of military duty. (June 14, 2011, Page 4)

911, 411, 811 not the only quick dial numbers

Most of us have dialed 4-1-1 on our phones to get someone’s number. We’ve been taught to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. And we’ve heard about how you should “call 8-1-1 before you dig.” Did you know, though, that there are other quick dial numbers. Editor Don Whitten shares what he’s learned about 211, 311, 511 and others. (May 23, 2011, Page 4)

Familiar-looking author pens ‘debut’ novel

Mystery. Check. Mississippi author. Check. Debut novel. Check. That ought to attract the interest of lots of book-lovers around these parts, and that’s what Anna Michaels’ “The Tender Mercy of Roses” offers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the book, the story and the author. (May 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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