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Friday, April 18, 2014

Don Whitten

Khayat shares insights, motivation in memoir

Why did Robert Khayat make the choices and decisions he did when he served as chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1995 to 2009? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Khayat’s memoir, “The Education of a Lifetime,” that’s out this week and shows how Khayat’s upbringing helped shape him into the person who led his alma mater to unprecedented heights and accomplishments. (September 9, 2013, Page 4A)

Whose job is it to parent our children?

A curfew for youngsters 16 and under. Set by the city. Enforced by the police. What? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at OPD Chief Joey East’s proposal and wonders where the problem really is if the government feels it needs to get involved in parenting. (September 5, 2013, Page 4)

Pretzel buns – trend or just a fad?

Do you like soft pretzels? OK, have you tried the new pretzel burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the burger bun craze that sweeping the fast-food market. (September 4, 2013, Page 4)

Now this is how you deal with telemarketers

Still get some of those annoying calls from telemarketers? Editor Don Whitten writes about a man who’s figured out a way to deal with telemarketers and unwanted callers – by charging them to call him. (September 2, 2013, Page 4A)

Syria – do we really want to get involved?

What do you know about Syria – other than the fact that it’s the center of controversy and could spark military action from the United States and U.N.? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the situation and wonders if this is the time to be getting involved in another military action. (August 29, 2013, Page 4)

Be patient, understanding with hearing impaired

Editor Don Whitten writes about the issues the hearing impaired have in communication and asks for patience and understanding when dealing with people with those issues. (August 28, 2013, Page 4)

Life – and death – can be hard to understand

The news of the weekend auto accident that killed one OHS student and injured several others leaves Editor Don Whitten wondering the same thing all who have teens in their circle of family and friends – what do we do and what do we tell our children. (August 26, 2013, Page 4A)

Oxford outscores Prep 32-20 in opener

A 17-yard return of a blocked punt by K.T. McCollin capped a 16-0 Oxford run to answer an early Jackson Prep touchdown in the first quarter and the homestanding Chargers held on from there to post a 32-20 victory in the public school-private school contest Friday night.

Two sophomores played a key role for Oxford in its victory over the defending MAIS Class AAA state champion Patriots. Quarterback Jack Abraham connected on 20 of 30 passes for 242 yards, including touchdown passes on Oxford’s first and last possessions of the game. Wideout/defensive back D.K. Metcalf, who hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Abraham with 1:52 left to clinch the victory, finished the night with six receptions for 133 yards along with blocking the punt McCollin returned and recovering a muffed punt by Prep to set up another score.

Jarius Barnes added a rushing touchdown for Oxford, while Cody Mills kicked 28 and 24 yard field goals.

Prep, 13-0 a year ago, got touchdown runs from Ian McGraw and Ty Higginbotham along with a 7-yard TD pass from Gene Wood to Parker Caracci. Wood threw for 168 yards, Caracci totaled five catches for 55 yards and Higginbotham had 14 carries for 80 yards, including a 30-yard scoring run that got the Patriots within five points (25-20) with 5:01 to go.

“This was a big game and a big win,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “There were a lot of Prep supporters here and a lot of folks for us. There was a lot of excitement in the air.

“It was good to see us handle that early adversity. The blocked point helped with momentum and the offense got a big score at the end,” Hill added. “Coach (Ricky) Black and his staff do a great job. We knew they’d play hard for four quarters and they did.”

(For a complete game story, see Monday’s Oxford EAGLE.) (August 24, 2013)

Chargers kick off with defending MAIS champs

No one can ever accuse OHS coach Johnny Hill and the Chargers of taking it easy in pre-region games. This season, Oxford opens with defending MAIS champ Jackson Prep and follows with MHSAA Class 5A champion Starkville, a very athletic Cleveland East Side team and Class 4A power and crosstown rival Lafayette. This week, all of the attention turns to getting better against a deep and talented Prep team in a public school-private school matchup at Bobby Holcomb Field. (August 22, 2013, Page 6)

Commodores open with road game against Class 6A Tupelo

The Lafayette Commodores open their 2013 season on the road Friday against a Class 6A foe when they travel to Tupelo. It’s a good test for the Commodores, LHS coach Eric Robertson said, and the Golden Wave will look familiar even with a new coach since he’s former Water Valley coach Trent Hammond. (August 22, 2013, Page 6)

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