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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Don Whitten

OHS gym – a place full of memories

The final high school basketball games at the “old” Oxford High School gym will be Friday night, ending almost five decades of games in the facility. Editor Don Whitten, who’s seen quite a few games there, looks back at some of the top coaches, players and teams who competed there. (January 23, 2014, Page 4)

Does NFL really want cold, snowy Super Bowl?

The coldest weather for an “outdoor” Super Bowl was the low-40s several decades ago. With “indoor” Super Bowls in domed stadiums, it’s been a comfortable 70 or so inside even if it was in the teens and snowing outside. In 10 days or so, records could be set with Super Bowl XLVIII set for MetLife Stadium – an outdoor venue in New Jersey! Editor Don Whitten wonders what the NFL really wants that evening and how the experiment will work out. (January 22, 2014, Page 4)

Another Olympics with protests, boycotts?

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just weeks away in Sochi, Russia, there’s lots of talk about terrorist attacks, human rights protests and boycotts. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at past Olympic controversies and what might happen next month. (January 17, 2014, Page 4A)

David Freeman – one of God’s good guys

Preachers, pastors, rabbis, priests – whatever you call your religious leader – counsel, console and minister. Editor Don Whitten writes about the late Rev. David Freeman, who did all those things and did them very, very well. (January 15, 2014, Page 4)

Popular site offers window to the world

Guess what’s usually one of the most popular sites in any community. If you said the local public library, you’re correct. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library adds to the community. (January 13, 2014, Page 4)

Polar vortex – now that’s a cool name

With hurricanes, typhoons and major storms all getting names these days, Editor Don Whitten writes that he thought “polar vortex” was the name of the latest storm that rolled through much of the country. He then learned it’s not a name of a storm, but the name of a weather phenomenon. (January 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Making retirement picture clear – and pretty

Editor Don Whitten writes about a common thread he heard concerning New Year’s resolutions – getting prepared and staying prepared financially for retirement. (January 6, 2014, Page 4)

Photojournalism loses one of its superstars

When Associated Press photographer Dave Martin collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the Georgia Dome sideslines just after the end of the Texas A&M-Duke game earlier this week, photojournalism lost not only one of its best photographers but also one of the most helpful and best-liked guys in the business. Editor Don Whitten looks back at Martin’s influence and work. (January 3, 2014, Page 4A)

What not to say – unless you wish to annoy

Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., does an annual survey of the most annoying words or phrases used in casual conversation. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the top five, including the runaway winner for five straight years. (December 30, 2013, Page 4)

Tank – a special guy who will be missed

Death rarely, if ever, has any rhyme or reason, Editor Don Whitten writes, and certainly makes the present and the future difficult to deal with. It’s the past that begins the healing, he writes, as he remembers Lafayette County’s Alan Arrington, who died earlier this week from injuries in an auto accident. (December 26, 2013, Page 4)

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