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Don Whitten

Remembering longtime mayor John Leslie

So many of today’s Oxonians don’t remember, or may not even know, six-term mayor John Leslie. We all, however, make use of so many things he helped bring to the community – roads, buildings, recreational facilities, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten, subbing for longtime Leslie friend and former EAGLE Editor Nina Goolsby, takes a look back at Leslie accomplishments. (March 26, 2012, Page 4)

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)

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