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Don Whitten

Relationships with fathers change through the years

When you’re really young, your father looks after you, takes care of you and gives you things. A few years later, he’s the one who teaches you to ride a bike, catch a fish and learn about discipline. Editor Don Whitten explores those changes in relationships between children and their fathers as we get set to honor our fathers this weekend. (June 17, 2011, Page 4A)

A ‘re-user’ is trying to learn to be a ‘recycler’

Editor Don Whitten admits he’s not the best in the world at recycling, but says he’s learning. He takes a look back at when recycling was actually “re-using” items, remembering multiple uses for cans, bottles, jars, et cetera. (June 15, 2011, Page 4)

With ‘friends’ like Mark, who needs …

Editor Don Whitten writes about an email message that somehow got past his spam filter recently, noting that it appears scammers must be having a tough time with the economy, too, if they’re continuing to go after folks like him who never respond. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

Summer fun – doesn’t it seem contagious?

Have you noticed how certain things are contagious and make you want to join in on the fun? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at three of his favorites: fishing, homemade ice cream and sitting in the shade visiting. (June 10, 2011, Page 4A)

If it’s hot, it must be time for the FESJC

With temperatures in the mid-90s, it must be time for the Mid-South’s premier pro sporting event – the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the history of the tournament and what it offers this week for area sports fans. (June 8, 2011, Page 4A)

Are the hours, days crawling by or flying for you?

“Are we there yet?” “Is it time yet?” “How much longer?” Remember making, or hearing, those questions? It’s true what they say about time – it flies by when you’re having fun and crawls when you’re waiting on something. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the phenomenon that seems to change as we get older. (June 6, 2011, Page 4)

It’s about time to reveal the best of Oxford

One of the most popular issues of The Oxford EAGLE, to both readers and advertisers, will come out this Friday when the Best of Oxford 2011 honors the individuals, businesses and events readers have selected as the best in town. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the excitement the issue brings and looks at some of the more interesting ballots. (June 1, 2011, Page 4)

Are you up for a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl?

The Oxford Shrine Club has brought the carnival to town as a fundraising project, and the sights and sounds at the Sisk-Highway 7 intersection bring back vivid memories to Editor Don Whitten of his graduation from kiddie rides at the fair to the “big people” rides. Could a reunion be in the works for this weekend? (May 27, 2011, Page 4A)

GOP hopefuls in the middle of ‘silly season’

The term “silly season” is probably related more to sports than anything else, but it could certainly be applied to presidential races and potential candidates. Editor Don Whitten says the political silly season is already in full force, and he takes a look at the ins and outs of Republican candidates to oppose Barack Obama in 2012. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

911, 411, 811 not the only quick dial numbers

Most of us have dialed 4-1-1 on our phones to get someone’s number. We’ve been taught to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. And we’ve heard about how you should “call 8-1-1 before you dig.” Did you know, though, that there are other quick dial numbers. Editor Don Whitten shares what he’s learned about 211, 311, 511 and others. (May 23, 2011, Page 4)

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