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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Don Whitten

Dealing with no-shows can be frustrating

There are two sides to the no-show situation and both sides must be responsible. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how many businesses handle the issue as well as how one set of parents who put on a lavish birthday party. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

What will the next budget pie look like?

With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

Beware of two scams that are popping up

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a couple of scams — one involving jury duty and the other involving wage garnishments — that have popped up lately. (January 14, 2015, Page 4)

If you could move, would you — and where?

While the Lafayette-Oxford-University community is known more as a destination than an exit point, there are those in other parts of Mississippi who would leave the state if they could. Editor Don Whitten looks at some survey results about which states have residents wondering about leaving and which states are the most popular destinations. (January 12, 2015, Page 4)

Hall of Fame voters show what’s unacceptable

Some cheating — gamesmanship might be a better description — is expected and tolerated in sports. Other forms of cheating are not, however. Editor Don Whitten points out that the voters for baseball’s Hall of Fame are making it clear what they find unacceptable. (January 8, 2015, Page 4)

What cities are best, worst for singles?

Singles looking for other singles may be in a good situation in our community, but one report shows that there are parts of the country where it’s much more difficult for singles to meet and date. Editor Don Whitten reveals some of the top and bottom spots around the country, according to a recent study. (January 7, 2015, Page 4A)

Sports trips about more than sports

Students from the local school systems are often part of trips related to extracurricular activities as well as those connected with academic classes. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the OHS boys basketball team’s recent trip to Washington D.C. to show how valuable all of these out-of-the-classroom trips are for students. (January 5, 2015, Page 4)

Not everyone likes SEC pride, unity

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how most of the non-SEC football fans around the country have little appreciation for the “S-E-C, S-E-C” chant that goes on at SEC games, and are taking their shots at the conference after its top teams struggled in bowl games. (January 4, 2015, Page 4A)

Is the birthday cake ready for Thursday?

Christmas is about a lot of things, but the only real thing is that it’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus — thus the best reason for cake at Christmas. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at family traditions surrounding Christmas, including have at least one birthday cake. (December 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Cuba relations — a multi-sided story

Should we, or should we not, re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba? Editor Don Whitten looks at some of the pros, cons and middle ground of an issue that’s drawing lots of attention. (December 22, 2014, Page 4)

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