Wayne Mitchell

Thumbing to California

Fifty years ago, my college friend Dan Dana and I were standing, with our suitcases, beside a road on the outskirts of Kansas City. We were trying to hitch a ride, the beginning of a summer trip to California and back. No, we weren’t crazy, or at least we didn’t think so at the time. […]

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Improving the ER

The hoopla surrounding the grand opening is over and now Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County’s new emergency department is busy with patients. The $12 million emergency department, located on the back side of the hospital campus, was scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Monday, but actually saw the first patient at 5:57 a.m. The modern facility […]

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Dealer and Xplorers battle to tie in Cotton States

The DeSoto Xplorers rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the Northwest MS Dealers in Thursday’s high school Cotton States action. The Dealers led most of the game before the big sixth inning for DeSoto. The Xplorers had only two hits in the sixth, but took advantage of two […]

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A drone in Myrtle?

Let’s get right to the point: We don’t think the police department in Myrtle needs a drone. We were surprised to see in an item in the Gazette last week that the Town of Myrtle had decided to use $3,000 in federal tax money to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle. These are not the kind […]

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More of city zoned agricultural than anything else

  Zoning and zoning change requests have been in the news lately – whether it be relating to housing development, commercial building or even the keeping of chickens. City planners see this as signs of growth but the idea of zoning may not have much meaning for most citizens unless they are active developers. It […]

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Junior Miss Union County Fair

Union County Fair pageant winners

    Junior Miss Union County Fair Winners in the Junior Miss Union County Fair Pageant held Tuesday were, from left, third alternate, Kylee Grace Hudson, 9, daughter of Steve and Amanda Garrison and Ray Hudson; second alternate, Starrlyn Smith, 9, daughter of Rose Jones and Gene Smith and Lille Murry; first alternate, Charlsie Paige […]

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Bobcats runner Ross Shackleford slides into home plate as Xplorers catcher Kyle Olson waits for the throw.

Xplorers top Bobcats

A fourth inning surge gave the Desoto Xplorers the edge on Saturday, as they defeated the Bay Springs Bobcats 10-5 in Cotton States High School League play.  Colton Peel (Ripley) led for the Xplorers with two RBIs off a double in the fourth inning, after leading off the game with a single.  Hayes McMullen (Houston), […]

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Kelton Hal

Hall to play on regional all-star team in Orlando

Kelton Hall of Ingomar has recently been named to the 2014 Southeast 14U USSSA All-American Baseball Team. Hall will play in the USSSA All-American Games during August 1-4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Hall is one of two Mississippians named to the 15-member team. The Southeast Regional team […]

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Boll Weevils ride fourth inning flurry to down Bobcats

The Inverness Boll Weevils used a big fourth inning to top the Bay Springs Bobcats by a 4-2 margin. The Boll Weevils sent nine batters to the plate during the inning and collected two hits. They were helped by four walks and a hit by pitch in scoring their four runs. The first three innings had […]

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It’s county fair time

The Union County Fair and Livestock Show, which bills itself as “the best little county fair in Mississippi,” is under way at the fairgrounds in West New Albany. The traditional fair events are in full swing with a variety of activities as well as a full carnival. Today is Seniors Day and Youth Night with […]

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