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Charter school fears

Education – and charter schools – will be a big subject for discussion and possible action in the state Legislature this session, and guest columnist Buddy Chain takes a closer look at some of the fears and concerns he has about substantially expanding the number of charter schools in Mississippi. (January 7, 2013, Page 4A)

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    Mr. King – his impact will never be forgotten

    Former Oxford High student Jake McGraw, now pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Oxford, writes a guest column about one of the inspirations in his life – the teaching of the late John Morgan King in an eighth-grade social studies class. (May 22, 2012, Page 4)

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      I filled up my truck today – at $3.68 per gallon

      The high prices of things like gasoline and cigarettes have guest columnist J.W. “Jay” Mitchell remembering his younger days in Oxford when prices were low – and much lower when two local gas station owners started a gas war. (March 22, 2012, Page 4)

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        ‘Actual cost’ needs better definition

        Charlie Mitchell, president of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes a guest column about the wide range of interpretations of what’s a fair and actual cost for searching, reviewing and/or duplicating public records with the hope that state lawmakers can come up with a uniform cost. (February 15, 2012, Page 4)

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          I found William Faulkner at 30,000 feet

          Sometimes, guest columnist J.W. “Jay” Mitchell, writes, it takes a little longer for you to appreciate those you see every day. That was the case for William Faulkner, who Mitchell saw while growing up in Oxford. Mitchell writes how years later he discovered the genius of the man he had little good to say about decades earlier. (January 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Founding of the Marine Corps – A legacy is born

            Guest columnist Gene Hays writes in celebration of the United States Marine Corps’ birthday and to tell about individual and group efforts by the Marines through their history. (November 10, 2011, Page 4)

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              Game day at Ole Miss

              Guest columnist Loran Smith of Georgia gives an outsider’s perspective of the game day experience at Ole Miss as he talks about trips to Oxford for games and about the friendships he’s made over the years with members of the community. (September 23, 2011, Page 4A)

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                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)

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                  Sun shines brighter over time in Mississippi

                  Guest columnist Layne Bruce of the Mississippi Press Association discusses progress over the last few years in Mississippi as far as open meetings and open records go. Bruce’s column is part of a closer look at government, the media and the public during Sunshine Week. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

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                    An Arab-American’s notes on the Egyptian revolution

                    Lee Habeeb’s guest column, which originally ran in the Washington Examiner, gives a local perspective on unrest in the Middle East. Habeeb points out similarities and differences between Arabs and writes that lasting peace is the ultimate goal for all concerned. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

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