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You Are A Diamond

Sometimes teachers inspire students; sometimes, it’s the other way around. That’s the case for local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed, who writes about the heroic deeds of one of his students that he calls “a diamond.” (May 10, 2011, Page 4)

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    Trying to figure out our local gasoline prices

    While there’s a report that gasoline prices could start dropping, they have been doing just the opposite for quite a while now and are nearing the $4 a gallon mark. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the longstanding concern among local citizens about prices being higher in Oxford and Lafayette County than in towns and counties less than an hour away. (May 9, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Celebrating the lady we couldn’t do without

      It’s time for the busiest phone day of the year and one of the busiest days for cards. So what day is it – Mother’s Day, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our mothers and all they have done, and do, for us while urging all of us to show a little love this weekend to the lady responsible for us being here. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Our elephant involves help with mental illness

        Local columnist T.J. Ray points out the elephant standing in the corner of our room – the lack of help for folks with mental problems – and wonders when we’ll acknowledge it and do something about it. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Mental health

          With May being Mental Health Month and this week being Children’s Mental Health Week, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at the struggles we and our loved ones often have and our journeys to seek assistance. (May 5, 2011, Page 4)

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            Prices rising – and not just for gasoline

            Everyone notices when gasoline prices rise, especially when they near a noted level such as $4 a gallon. Editor Don Whitten has noticed, because of spending figures he’s seeing in his bank statement, a marked rise in the cost of food and household supplies at the grocery store, and he takes a look at some of the causes. (May 4, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Jim McCauley, chairman of the Oxford Tourism Council, writes to thank all of those involved with the planning and preparation that helped make the 2011 Double Decker Arts Festival a huge success. (May 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                Female Crickets Catch More Fish

                There’s nothing like a good fishing story – even if it involves the bait. Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls the story of bream fishing and telling a gullible fishermen about how female crickets catch more fish. (May 3, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

                  You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Youngster’s song brings out the worst in critics

                    Rebecca Black. “It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday.” Ring a bell now? Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg takes a closer look at the Internet uproar caused by a 13-year-old’s music video, and wonders if we aren’t being a bit too critical of the youngster and of something that’s not that important in the scheme on things. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

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