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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don Whitten

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)

Home help the key to any school’s success

Charter schools tops conversation these days at most water coolers and coffee shops in Mississippi so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the issue and says there’s more to helping Johnny learn to read than different kinds of schools. (February 24, 2012, Page 4A)

Preparing for wide ranges of bad weather

Last week was recognized as Severe Weather Awareness Week and Editor Don Whitten reminds readers of how varied the weather can be locally at this time of the year. Are you prepared for the extremes – from snow and ice storms to thunderstorms and tornadoes? (February 22, 2012, Page 4)

Multi-purpose building deserves close look

What do counties surrounding Lafayette have that we don’t? How about a multi-purpose building or center? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a proposal that Earl Babb is taking to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors next week that makes the possibility of such a facility look like a win-win situation for the L-O-U community. (February 17, 2012, Page 4A)

How about some holiday adjustments?

After making it through another one of our increasingly popular holidays – Valentine’s Day – Editor Don Whitten takes a look at holidays with suggestions about some changes and additions. (February 15, 2012, Page 4)

‘Healthier’ lunches not the only answer

The USDA has issued new guidelines for school meals, but even those healthier lunches and snacks aren’t pleasing everyone. Editor Don Whitten recalls the food in the lunchroom from years ago and wonders if the answer to battling obesity in our youngsters lies more with activity than food guidelines. (February 13, 2012, Page 4A)

Secret shopping can be fun – unless it’s a scam

Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

Oxford Film Festival highlights local work

“Local” seems to be the key word for a lot of the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the ninth-annual event set for this weekend in conjunction with the Oxford Music Festival. (February 8, 2012, Page 4)

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