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Polar vortex – now that’s a cool name

With hurricanes, typhoons and major storms all getting names these days, Editor Don Whitten writes that he thought “polar vortex” was the name of the latest storm that rolled through much of the country. He then learned it’s not a name of a storm, but the name of a weather phenomenon. (January 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Hailman gives inside look at federal cases

Is true crime something you like to read about? How about true crime that’s local? Editor Don Whitten writes about longtime federal prosecutor and local attorney John Hailman’s recent book, “From Midnight to Guntown,” and how it offers the ins and outs of federal cases that will seem very familiar to many. (May 8, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Beverly Brent writes a letter to the students, faculty and staff at Ole Miss urging them to all work together to put an end to issues that divide the university community. (November 19, 2012, Page 4A)

The changing of the seasons – when it’s nice

The transition from summer to fall is in full swing with leaves falling and temperatures dropping, leaving Editor Don Whitten to write about how the fall and spring offer beauty and mild weather as compared to the winter and summer. (October 31, 2012, Page 4)

Little relief from blistering heat

Temperatures are expected to hit 103 this weekend and could feel more like 105 to 114 with the heat index as humidity levels begin to climb today. Fire officials are asking everyone to be safe and use precautions setting off fireworks in the county or burning until when and if a burn ban is placed into effect for Lafayette County. (June 28, 2012, Page 1, 2)

‘Just the facts’ doesn’t paint a pretty picture

You may not agree with Half in Ten’s ideas about how to cut the country’s poverty rate in half in the next 10 years but, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s all but impossible to argue with the numbers they present. (October 31, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Ford Dye writes to urge all candidates running for legislative and statewide office to remember local doctors and their contributions to the community when making policy. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Sam W. Cameron of the Mississippi Hospital Association writes to assure readers of the commitment of Baptist Memorial Health Care to the Oxford and North Mississippi area as it goes through the process of deciding about a location for a new hospital. (March 22, 2011, Page 4)

Japan radiation fears hit Oxford

With experts predicting a radioactive plume coming from Japan could hit the west coast of the U.S. by Friday, locals here in Oxford are looking to stock up on potassium iodide pills, which have been show to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after exposure to radiation. (March 17, 2011, Page 1)

Letters to the Editor

J.M. “Flick” Ash writes to say that when he was a member of the state legislature helping bring NMRC (in the 1970s) and the State Veterans Home (in the 1990s) to Oxford, one of the main factors was that the Oxford hospital was located nearby. Ash expresses concerned after hearing that one of the possible locations for a new hospital is west of town and away from those facilities. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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