Conner a good choice

The selection of Marquel Conner as the new director for the New Albany Boys and Girls Club was a logical choice. Directors have come and gone, but Conner has worked at the club for more than 10 years. In addition, he was a product of the club growing up. He participated in the club as […]

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Honoring volunteers

We were reminded this past week of the importance of those people in our community who volunteer their time and energy to help make our lives and the lives of others better. The occasion was the annual Tree of Love Ceremony at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Four women were honored for their decades of volunteer […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Just trying to catch a break

Sometimes a fella just can’t catch a break. This time the fella is me. Last week I wrote about how I had ordered some Christmas cards from the National Gallery in London, featuring paintings of snow scenes in England and France. My wife, Jenny, didn’t think much of the idea because it snows very little […]

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Hill named new football coach at New Albany High School

NEW ALBANY – There is a coaching shake up along Highway 30. Former Oxford High School co-defensive coordinator Jake Hill has been named the new football coach for the New Albany Bulldogs after seven year head coach Ron Price announced his resignation in November. Hill grew up in Oxford, coaching the Chargers during two state […]

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Sharing at Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and time is short for providing holiday help for families in need in Union County through the Gazette’s Sharing at Christmas program. We are a bit concerned about the pace of contributions to support the program that has been sponsored by the Gazette for 40 years. We have set a fundraising […]

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Shopping at night

If you don’t already have plans for Thursday evening, we have a suggestion for you. Why not come downtown for a stroll, look in a few shops and perhaps have dinner? We make this suggestion for a couple of reasons. First, many of us could use a little exercise, and a walk on a crisp […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Thinking small this Christmas

Well, it’s that time again. It’s the annual discussion (or is it an argument?) when I mention it is time to write the family Christmas letter. Each year Jenny suggests that we should stop writing a Christmas letter to include with holiday cards. She thinks most Christmas letters are little more than bragging and that […]

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Attacks on education

The calendar hasn’t even turned to the election year yet, but political demagoguery already is out of control in Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant, apparently wary of a possible primary election challenger from the Tea Party, has embarked on a pattern of attacks about efforts to raise education standards, attacks that are a disservice to our […]

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Parks auto dealership sold

The Parks Chevrolet-Buick-GMC car dealership in New Albany was sold Monday to Joe Marshall, owner of Barnes Crossing Hyundai-Mazda in Tupelo. The sale marks the end of 95 years of ownership by the Parks family. Parks Chevrolet was the oldest dealership in the state owned by one family and among the oldest in the nation. […]

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Wayne Mitchell

My wife’s ready for home cooking

My wife Jenny is ready for some home cooking. She says she had enough, maybe one too many, restaurant meals on our Thanksgiving holiday trip to visit my sister and her husband in Kansas City. In last week’s column, I wrote about how much I resisted eating food that came from strangers’ kitchens. I didn’t […]

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Parks sale end of an era

The sale of the Parks Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership in New Albany marks the end of an era that has spanned 95 years. What started with William N. “Newt” Parks Sr. (Bill Parks’ great-grandfather) opening Parks Auto Co. in 1919 and selling Studebakers ended with the sale of the family-owned business to Joe Marshall of Tupelo on […]

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Price resigns as New Albany football coach

NEW ALBANY – After seven years as the Bulldogs head coach, Ron Price announced his resignation to the New Albany school board on Thursday. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have been the head coach….the last seven years have been an honor,” Price said. Price’s resume as he departs the Bulldogs program includes a 44-40 […]

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Rising cost of tuition

University tuition costs are going up again at eight public universities, including the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The College Board is about to approve increases that average 3.2 percent, but are 5 percent at both of the two flagship state universities. Tuition and fees at both schools will be about $7,500 a […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Jewelry, scarves and a sweet tooth

Reporter Angie Barmer was telling me about her interview for a story on how making jewelry as a hobby turned into a business for a couple of local people. She related how Al Stanford was a residential contractor for 20 years, but when the recession hit in 2008, his business faltered. One day he started […]

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