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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Preparation key for early winter weather

It’s much cold much earlier than normal, and that means we have to be prepared sooner this year for the effects and issues that come with freezing temperatures. Everyone is urged to look after those who need extra help — the elderly, the young, pets and some plants — as an extended cold front moves through the area. (November 13, 2014, Page 4A)

Getting along despite our differences

A move by many in Scotland to declare independence from the United Kingdom fell short in a vote, but it’s indicative of how regional differences within smaller areas can overflow into politics. Editor Don Whitten looks at divisions mentioned in the United States and even wonders how some of the distinct regions in Mississippi have learned to get along so well. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

Thinking about school while most await summer

While most folks — students, teachers and parents — are thinking about school getting over, Editor Don Whitten is thinking about going to school: fly fishing school in West Point. (May 7, 2014, Page 4)

Small-town life offers training in impatience

Living in Oxford has lots of obvious benefits. One of the ones we don’t think about, Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze writes about, is that we rarely have to wait very long to get, or do, anything. (March 26, 2014, Page 4)

Changing smoke alarm batteries and clocks

Do you have those new batteries for your smoke alarms? Ready to move the clocks up an hour? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the March ritual of changing from standard to daylight saving time and what it means for everyone. (March 7, 2014, Page 4A)

Vacation driving – watch out and be careful

Driving is still an integral part of most vacations. Editor Don Whitten, just back from a week motoring around the Southeast, takes a look at some of the concerns drivers need to have on the roads and at vacation spots these days. (June 24, 2013, Page 4A)

What would you do with lottery winnings?

Editor Don Whitten dreamed last week he’d won a share of the $580 million lottery. It was only a dream, but read how Whitten says he might have used his post-tax winnings. (December 3, 2012, Page 4A)

School’s out for summer – what’s next?

The morning and afternoon traffic lines at the schools are disappearing and a car stereo or two was heard blaring Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Editor Don Whitten writes that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. What are you thinking about? (May 21, 2012, Page 4)

‘Gentlemen, we shall attack at daylight tomorrow’

Columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War in today’s Oxford Living. (April 6, 2012, Page 3B)

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)

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