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Don Whitten

King sisters, Carter enjoy promoting books

Three girls, all growing up at the same time and graduating from the same high school class in a town like Oxford – who’d imagine that they’d have two books coming out within days of one another? that’s the case, though, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at “Y’all Twins?” by Margaret and Katherine King and “One More Heartbeat: Chosen to Receive God’s Miracles” by Carolyn Carter. (March 23, 2012, Page 4A)

There’s no doubt our pollen count is high

Pollen season has arrived in north Mississippi. Just look at all the dingy yellow cars and notice the folks who with watery eyes and sniffles. Editor Don Whitten looks at the annual yellow snowfall that hits our area as bad as any in the country. (March 21, 2012, Page 4)

‘March Madness’ – when did it first hit you?

There’s no question that the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament once again is spreading “March Madness” across the country. Editor Don Whitten recalls when he first truly felt “March Madness” and wonders when it happened for readers. (March 19, 2012, Page 4)

Spring break week always a special one

Notice more parking spaces around the Square? How about shorter lines in stores and restaurants? With the weather nice, that generally means one thing around Oxford – spring break. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at what many locals consider one of the best weeks of the year. (March 14, 2012, Page 4)

How many politicians did you hear from?

Mitt called. So did Nancy and Rick and even the guv. Editor Don Whitten writes about his weekend  talking – no, make that listening – to politicians via the magic of robo calls. (March 12, 2012, Page 4A)

Giving up an hour never an easy thing to do

Yes, it’s time once again to move the clocks ahead an hour as we begin daylight saving time. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the practice, including how difficult it is to adjust those first few days of the change in the spring. (March 9, 2012, Page 4A)

Do you listen before starting to dial?

One long ring? Or two short rings? That’s what Editor Don Whitten once listened for on the party line at his house – and now it seems as if history is repeating itself through technology. (March 7, 2012, Page 4)

Is it time to dust off the turntable, albums?

To many in the younger generation, an “album” is a collection of songs, almost always on a compact disc. To others of us, as Editor Don Whitten writes, it’s a collection of songs on a vinyl record that comes along with artwork, lyrics and several other things in a neat album cover. Perhaps there’s a return coming to the days of vinyl and real album covers; one local store that just opened certainly hopes so. (March 5, 2012, Page 4A)

Let’s take a look at an Arkansas charter school

Only time will tell which, if any, legislation we get about charter schools in Mississippi. While lawmakers are debating the subject, Editor Don Whitten passes along some of the information he’s gathered about the KIPP Delta Schools, a charter school program in Helena/West Helena, Ark. (March 1, 2012, Page 4)

Going to any birthday parties today?

Leap years roll around every four years. And the odds of being born on Leap Year Day? How about 1 in 1461? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the history behind Feb. 29 and recalls the first time he heard of someone with that rare birthday. (February 29, 2012, Page 4)

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