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Inspirational youngster gives hope for the future

Staff writer Melanie Addington says we need to take positives out of the recent story about 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s attempt to sail around the world rather than heap criticism on her and her parents. It’s hope for the future that makes Sunderland’s story one to read, Addington writes. (June 17, 2010, Page 4)

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    Let’s look at other towns offering Sunday alcohol sales

    Local restaurant owner John M. Currence writes, in a guest column, that there are two distinct sides appearing unable to give much ground in the debate over allowing the sale of alcohol in Oxford on Sundays, and he suggests that the best way to reach a compromise might be for both sides to take a look at other communities that allow Sunday sales. (June 2, 2010, Page 4)

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      What’s the best way to use a refund check?

      The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Book offers another way to experience the blues

        Think the “blues” can only be experienced through songs and music? Think again – and read Editor Don Whitten’s review of “Delta Blues,” an anthology of blues stories set in and around the Mississippi Delta. Whitten mentions stories by the likes of John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, and Alice Jackson. (March 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Building a Web site that we’ll use, too

          Senior Staff Writer Lucy Shultze, in conjunction with Web designer John Herren, has been one of the driving forces behind the EAGLE’s new Web site, and even she’s been a bit surprised at how much she is using the features of the new site even after reading most of the paper while at work. (March 12, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Young readers get chance to meet popular authors

            Jack, Annie, Morgan le Fay, Merlin. Those names sound familiar? If you’ve been around the popular Magic Tree House series reading with youngsters, you know them as the major characters. Local fans will get a chance to meet the authors of the long-running series, Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, at Off Square Books on Wednesday. (March 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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              What are the rules for proper, improper texting?

              There’s not an etiquette book about what to do and what not to do when texting, but perhaps we need one soon. Editor Don Whitten writes about two experiences with “texters” recently and wonders if their behavior will be approved in the future. (March 5, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Oxford weather keeps you on your toes

                Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg has lived in New Jersey and Florida, but she’s come to find that there’s no weather like that here in north Mississippi. She heard that if you don’t like the weather here, just wait a couple of hours. And that’s right, she says. (January 22, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Would later Double Decker be any better?

                  After earning a reprieve from having to compete with the Ole Miss spring football game, now Double Decker officials are hearing from some local businesses that they’d like to see the local festival, always held on the final weekend of April, moved to a summer date. Are their reasons good enough to dictate a change? (January 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Curtailing cell phone use in vehicles

                    Retired professor T.J. Ray wonders if we might get a better hold on the problem with talking and texting while driving if we put notices in government vehicles warning the drivers they could lose their jobs if caught. (January 20, 2010, Page 4)

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