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Friday, August 22, 2014

Don Whitten

County fairs offer a little bit of everything

County fairs and livestock shows used to fill the schedule of events in the summer months around the state, but now are not as commonplace. Editor Don Whitten looks at what they have to offer and suggests possibly taking in one of the nearby ones still going strong. (July 15, 2010, Page 4)

Summers seem to be getting shorter

The countdown has gotten serious. No, not the countdown until the start of preseason football practice or the countdown to the first game this season, but rather the countdown to students returning to school. Editor Don Whitten points out that the summer break seemed to start just a few weeks ago, and now there are signs pointing toward school buses, shopping trips for new clothes and changing summer schedules for school mornings. (July 12, 2010, Page 4)

E-readers popular, but still can’t top real books

Everywhere you go, it seems like you see and hear about e-readers such as Nooks, Kindles, iPads and Kobos. Editor Don Whitten has seen the price of the new way to read books come down, but he’s still not ready to switch from buying and reading ink-and-paper versions. (July 9, 2010, Page 4A)

Run for Hope offseason work going strong

You might think Lynn Sloan and others connected with the Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K are taking the summer off after their winter fundraising event. You’d be wrong. Editor Don Whitten catches up with Sloan and other race organizers to get an update on their offseason efforts. (July 7, 2010, Page 4)

Are you obeying all the new laws

With new laws taking effect in Mississippi and many other states on July 1, Editor Don Whitten wonders if readers know about all of them. He touches on several, including some from Mississippi that will be affecting many across the state. (July 5, 2010, Page 4)

Top 10 things to eat, drink to deal with heat

How do you cool off while playing golf, after mowing the yard or while working outside? Editor Don Whitten gives a list of the top 10 things you can eat or drink to help. No. 1? A big drink of water. (June 30, 2010, Page 4)

Have you ever figured out why …

Life, for most people, is full of little puzzles and mysteries – or conundrums. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at a few of these, including men and directions, boys throwing things, weather men and women and job experience. (June 28, 2010, Page 4)

Scammers taking shot at homebuyer tax credit

Prison inmates getting homebuyer tax credits? What’s going on with the program intended to stimulate the economy and help people get into the home market? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent report that scammers are getting millions from the program. (June 25, 2010, Page 4A)

How’s it going with that summer reading list?

Summer reading – it’s a tradition for many while it’s something others try to avoid at all costs. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at school summer reading lists and what they can offer youngsters as well as taking a look back at his summer reading habits from days gone by. (June 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Wood bat stories bring back memories

“Coach, do you remember wood bats?” “Did they have wooden bats when you played?” Those questions came regularly back during Editor Don Whitten’s days coaching youth baseball and he was reminded of some of those memories and of his days playing with wood bats after reading a couple of recent stories in the sports section. (June 21, 2010, Page 4)

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