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Don Whitten

Coaching merry-go-round has to stop at UM

All of the smoke surrounding the Ole Miss football program flamed up big-time Monday with the announcement that Houston Nutt will end his coaching career here this season. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the past and future of the program, which will soon have its fourth head coach in a decade, and writes that a long-term commitment is essential for success for the Rebels. (November 8, 2011, Page 4)

Let’s break some voting records tomorrow

Will the local voting turnout Tuesday be like it was four years ago in the General Election – a disappointing 41 percent? Or will it be more like eight years ago when some 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots? Editor Don Whitten urges everyone to do their part by voting tomorrow. (November 7, 2011, Page 4A)

Want a good story? Check out Grisham’s latest

Looking for a good story to spend a few hours with? Editor Don Whitten recommends John Grisham’s latest book, “The Litigators,” which many say is one of the best-selling author’s best in several years. (November 2, 2011, Page 4)

‘Just the facts’ doesn’t paint a pretty picture

You may not agree with Half in Ten’s ideas about how to cut the country’s poverty rate in half in the next 10 years but, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s all but impossible to argue with the numbers they present. (October 31, 2011, Page 4A)

Sonic going ‘old style’ to speed up service

Local Sonic Drive-In customers may have noticed a change in the way carhops get around lately. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the skating service offered now by talking with management. (October 27, 2011, Page 4)

We all need to help improve Congress

Congress, according to national polls, isn’t doing a very good job at all these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the problem and how we, as citizens, can help improve production from our lawmakers in Washington. (October 26, 2011, Page 4A)

LOFT has big hit with Temptations fundraiser

From time to time, you run across something that’s a win-win situation. One is coming up next month for those who like music and want to help a local philanthropic organization, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the two sides – The Temptations in concert at The Lyric and a fundraiser for the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow. (October 24, 2011, Page 4A)

Got your Halloween costumes yet?

It’s a little more than a week until the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating begins, and Editor Don Whitten wonders if you’ve got all of your Halloween costumes yet. Whitten looks back at homemade outfits and warns that may be ahead for folks that delay much longer. (October 20, 2011, Page 4)

Watching local government at work

A group of local Boy Scouts from Troop 144 attended part of Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall as part of the requirements for one of their merit badges. Editor Don Whitten wonders what their reports about their visit to watch their local leaders work will include. (October 19, 2011, Page 4)

‘Holy Ghost Girl’ takes us behind the tent

What do you think is coming when you see folks putting up one of those giant tents? Not that long ago, it mean a tent revival was coming to town. Editor Don Whitten points to a new book, “Holy Ghost Girl – A Memoir” by Donna Johnson, that takes us inside and behind those tent revivals and their traveling evangelists. (October 17, 2011, Page 4A)

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