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Don Whitten

Where did all the canned drinks go?

Editor Don Whitten is in charge of getting the soft drinks for his family and a recent purchase of what he thought were 24-packs turned out to be just 20-packs. Whitten noticed other items shrinking in size or quantity without any price changes and says it’s a sign of the times. (January 13, 2011, Page 4)

Two snows rare; third one still to come

It’s rare to see two significant snows in a winter in north Mississippi, but three? Well, count on it, says Editor Don Whitten as he reminds readers of the old saying that if snow stays on the ground three days there’s another snow coming. (January 12, 2011, Page 4A)

Dealing with a rare, real snow storm

Sometimes the weather guys and gals get it right and sometimes they don’t. From the looks of the past 24 hours or so, they were right this time, huh? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at how last week’s forecast of a heavy snowfall turned out to be very accurate, and says it remains to be seen how long we’ll be dealing with the winter storm. (January 10, 2011, Page 4)

Questions – and unclear answers

Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)

Losing invaluable muses during the past year

The community newspaper business is one where we try to serve our readers by giving them a snapshot of their lives and the lives of those around them. To accomplish this, we count on members of the community to help us with stories, story ideas, pictures, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of his most valuable contacts – his “muses” – passed away in 2010 and will be missed. (January 3, 2011, Page 4)

Let’s be reasonable with those resolutions

Have you decided on any New Year’s resolutions? With only a couple of days to go before 2011 hits, Editor Don Whitten makes a few suggestions including resolutions about eating, exercising, reading, voting – and writing letters to the editor. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)

We’re No. 2 – and we wish we weren’t

Gasoline consumption down? Fuel prices rising? More costly in Mississippi? What’s the real story on gasoline and diesel fuel prices and how much it means to people. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers which place Mississippi second only to Montana in how much consumers spend to run their vehicles. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

It’s time for the most important birthday

What kind of birthday cake are you having Saturday? Whose birthday? Jesus Christ, of course. Editor Don Whitten looks at family traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as we head into the biggest birthday of all. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Elves, angels always busy at Christmas

Editor Don Whitten tells an inspirational story he heard recently about how a community turned out in December to help a family dealing with the death of a loved one, and notes that caring for and helping others is the best gift we can offer at this time of the year. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)

Popular Santa letters coming Friday

If it’s mid-December, then it is time again for what has become one of the most eagerly-awaited issues The Oxford EAGLE publishes – the Season’s Greetings section. Editor Don Whitten talks about the joy of reading the annual letters to Santa Claus and says getting Friday’s paper could be the best 50 cents you’ve spent in a long time. (December 16, 2010, Page 4A)

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