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Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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    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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      Chitlins

      Local columnist Jimmy Reed’s memories of reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ work about human nature sparked other memories – of his constant companion and mentor Jaybird teaching him to enjoy eating chitlins. (February 22, 2011, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Roger Franck writes to urge those exercise their dogs by riding alongside them on bikes to realize the danger that holds for the rider and the dog, while the administration, faculty and staff from Ackerman High School write to thank all in the community for their assistance in connection with the tragic school bus accident recently in Calhoun County. (February 22, 2011, Page 4)

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          March madness – even with three more teams

          Increasing the field for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships from 65 to 68 teams made the job of picking the teams much easier for the selection committee, right? Not so, says chairman Gene Smith. Editor Don Whitten, whoenjoyed a bit of “bracketology” during his years covering sports, agrees as he takes a look at the possibilities with the larger field. (February 21, 2011, Page 4)

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            Fundraising 101: Have an irresistible product

            There’s no doubt about one thing the Girl Scouts have learned to do better than their Boy Scout counterparts – pick items to sell for fundraising projects. News Editor Jon Scott has seen both sides, from his days selling flares as a Boy Scout to his current father role in selling Girl Scout cookies, and said there’s no doubt which one does the best. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Consider options for performing national anthem

              It happens all too often – the national anthem is botched at a big-time, televised event. The most recent? The Super Bowl. Local columnist T.J. Ray says the song is too important to be messed with and suggests other options when it comes to having it performed on the big stage. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                The race awaits for a good cause

                Diabetes is a disease that affects so many of our children, and local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about a way to help some of those youngsters – by participating in the fundraising run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K that’s coming up Feb. 26 in Oxford. Jackson plans to participate and encourages readers to join her and others in the event. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Lisa Ludwig, a recent visitor to Oxford during the latest snowstorm, writes to talk about Southern charm and hospitality the community offered her group. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Toy sparks memories of spit balls, paper footballs

                    A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)

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