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Don Whitten

Census questions some households are facing

Have you returned your 2010 Census form? Have you gotten another one? What do you do now? Those are just a few of the questions Editor Don Whitten has after returning his census form – and then getting another one from the government. The local return rate still isn’t impressive, but maybe there’s a reason. (April 7, 2010, Page 4)

A book on redheads – who’d have believed it?

Editor Don Whitten talks about memories of growing up with red hair – some would ask if he ever had any hair – after seeing a book titled “Little Redheads Across America.” So what’s the true story for redheads or those who once were redheads? (April 5, 2010, Page 4A)

Enjoy the eggs, but don’t forget what Easter’s about

This is the week and weekend for dying eggs, hunting eggs, eating eggs and getting involved with all kinds of Easter fun. Editor Don Whitten recalls his days having that fun; however, he also stresses it’s more important to remember what Easter is really all about. (April 2, 2010, Page 4A)

Tourney decides title, but what about No. 1?

A lot of NCAA men’s tourney brackets have Duke in the Final Four. Ditto for West Virginia. But Butler and Michigan State? A tournament is a tournament, however, and strange things happen. One question, however: Does the team that cuts down the nets Monday in Indianapolis top the final Top 25 polls? Should it? (March 31, 2010, Page 4)

What’s the best way to use a refund check?

The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

Book offers another way to experience the blues

Think the “blues” can only be experienced through songs and music? Think again – and read Editor Don Whitten’s review of “Delta Blues,” an anthology of blues stories set in and around the Mississippi Delta. Whitten mentions stories by the likes of John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, and Alice Jackson. (March 26, 2010, Page 4A)

Festivals, carnivals, conferences everywhere

Members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community know all about hosting weekend and week-long events that attract visitors. Those types of events are not just limited to the immediate area, and Editor Don Whitten gives a list of examples – including the German Sausage Festival, the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo and the World Grits Festival – of others going on in surrounding states. (March 24, 2010, Page 4A)

Lots happens during Spring Break vacation

Taking off a week for Spring Break isn’t anything new in an education-oriented community. Neither is having lots to catch up on when you return, as Editor Don Whitten found out after spending a week out of town. He discusses things that went on during the previous week, including deaths, weather, sports and local business. (March 22, 2010, Page 4)

It’s time to fill out those Census forms

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a sample form of the U.S. Census for 2010 that will be arriving in your mailbox any day now. It’s the short, simple form that ads have promoted, and Whitten suggests filling out the important form as a family. (March 15, 2010, Page 4)

Spring looks like it’s just around the corner

Spring doesn’t officially start until the end of next week, but there are plenty of signs popping up around the community that it’s going to be on time this year. Editor Don Whitten gives us some of the sights and sounds that signal that spring is just about here. (March 11, 2010, Page 4A)

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