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Don Whitten

Weekend offers lots of arts, crafts sales

Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)

Taking a closer look at MHSAA numbers

The Mississippi High School Activities Association divides up member schools for interscholastic competition according to enrollment and the MHSAA has released the news classes for 2011-13 on its website. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers and how they relate to athletics and competition among the schools. (December 1, 2010, Page 4)

Shopping for the hard-to-shop-for

The question is to be expected about this time of the year: Have you come up with a list of things for people to get you for Christmas? It’s an easy question to answer when you’re talking about youngsters, but a bit more difficult when you get to older folks. Editor Don Whitten discusses the problems shopping for middle-aged males and others in the hard-to-shop-for category. (November 29, 2010, Page 4A)

Giving thanks for – and on – a special holiday

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for Oxford EAGLE employees because they get off Thursday afternoon and all day Friday after satisfying both readers and advertisers with a special Thanksgiving Day edition. Editor Don Whitten takes time to thanks those who help with the paper and to remind everyone to be thankful at this time of the year. (November 24, 2010, Page 4A)

Reacting to ‘Thou shalt not Facebook’

“Thou shalt not Facebook.” That’s the word a New Jersey pastor has given his congregation and, while it seems like a reasonable suggestion, it makes Editor Don Whitten remember other words of helpful advice that many seem to take as a challenge. Will curiosity get the best of folks? (November 22, 2010, Page 4A)

How will lawmakers respond to Barbour’s budget?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, heading into his final year in office, has submitted his annual Executive Budget Recommendations to members of the State Legislature. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of the numbers involving budget cuts are lower than anticipated, but there are expected to be battles in several areas before the FY 2012 budget is eventually adopted. (November 19, 2010, Page 4A)

Holiday shopping season continues to grow

Christmas shopping once was just a December occurrence, but then it moved up to begin on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the holiday shopping season which may now include stores opening on Thanksgiving and already includes big sales in the weekends before Thanksgiving. (November 17, 2010, Page 4)

Local news tops priority list for stories

Some Oxford EAGLE readers aren’t happy when the paper has “too much” local news and not enough state and national news because The EAGLE is the only paper they subscribe to. Others are bothered because of the amount of Associated Press content because they buy The EAGLE to get local news. Editor Don Whitten tries to give a little insight into the daily decisions made by your community newspaper. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)

Regardless of reason, political colors change

Red state? Or Blue? Or perhaps it’s really purple. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent midterm elections and the changes made in Mississippi and around the country. The only constant is change and that’s something those who run for office must be aware of. (November 12, 2010, Page 4A)

Kids’ meals getting the boot in San Francisco?

What’s the first thing most kids go looking for when they get their favorite kids’ meal bag or box from a fast-food restaurant? The toy, of course. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance banning toys in kids’s meals with too much calories, sodium and fat, and Editor Don Whitten writes to question the decision to turn Happy Meals into Unhappy Meals. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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