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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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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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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 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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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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An election year sop

The first salvo in election-year look-at-me politics has been sounded with Gov. Phil Bryant’s proposal Monday for an income tax cut for roughly 300,000 tax filers. The governor has included a tax credit for families making up to $52,000 a year in his budget recommendation to next year’s Legislature. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also is […]

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Doing right things right

Two events this week reminded us of the effective and important work two local nonprofit agencies do on shoestring budgets and without much fanfare. The Holiday Open House downtown Sunday and the Union County Job Fair Wednesday were both extremely successful. The Holiday Open House is one of the events sponsored by the New Albany […]

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Sales tax cheating

Nothing gets our dander up faster than a story about businesses failing to pay their state sales tax. A story this week by Emily Le Coz in The Clarion-Ledger was about a Jackson restaurant owner charged with felony tax evasion in what state revenue officials call a growing epidemic of sales tax evasion that cost […]

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