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Politics and education

The Mississippi Senate has wisely backed away from insisting that the state Board of Education adopt educational standards to be developed by a 27-member board created by the Legislature. On a 17-13 vote the Senate defeated a Tea-Party supported proposal that would have prevented the state board from continuing with the Common Core academic standards, […]

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New railroad crossing gates brings up question of ‘quiet zones’

Recent installation of crossing gates for the BNSF Railroad line where it intersects with Moss Hill Drive has fueled speculation about whether this is part of establishing a “quiet zone” in the downtown area. Mayor Tim Kent said it is not, however, just something one department of the railroad was planning to do and those […]

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Supervisors sell tractors but hold on to trucks

The Union County Board of Supervisors had one of their briefer meetings on record Tuesday, dealing with only a handful of agenda items. They voted to reject bids received this past week on pickup trucks the county planned to sell, but accepted the high bids on five tractors also put up for sale. They though […]

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The Gazette has been able to keep a list of candidates for local offices up-to-date at least partly because those candidates qualify with the county circuit clerk’s office. Those running for district and state offices, however, usually have to qualify with the state executive committees of their respective political parties in Jackson. So far, the […]

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Two more join county supervisors’ races

The flow of new candidates into the circuit clerk’s office may have slowed to a trickle, but it hasn’t stopped. Two more hopefuls entered the already-crowded supervisors’ races this past week. Billy Kizer qualified as a Democrat to run for First District Supervisor and Eddie Mitchell qualified, also as a Democrat, for the Third District […]

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Three Rivers director Randy Kelley named one of top economic developers

Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District has been named one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2015. Kelley was selected to the list by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency that bridges the gap between economic developers and site consultants. The economic developers were nominated by their colleagues in […]

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Bulldogs grind out a win over Lafayette

OXFORD – New Albany appeared to still be on the bus in the opening quarter of their 2-4A division tournament game against Lafayette. The Bulldogs found themselves on the wrong end of the 18-12 score, but they kept grinding and working to down the Commodores 57-50 on Wednesday. “You can’t make excuses, they (Lafayette) just […]

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Falcons, Lady Hawks advance to first round

ASHLAND –  After being pushed back by one day due to winter weather, the 2-1A division tournament got off to a start in Ashland. On Wednesday’s opening night slate were two Union County teams, as well as the Hickory Flat Rebels. Thursday will see Ingomar’s Lady Falcons and Myrtle’s Hawks boys’ teams making their tournament […]

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Lady Urchins end season with loss at Hatley

HATLEY – In a put-out round, the home-standing Hatley Tigers did enough to keep their season going, defeating East Union’s Lady Urchins 51-47 in the 1-2A Division Tournament. East Union opened strong, gaining a 12-5 advantage over the  Lady Tigers that quickly evaporated as Hatley staged a 8-0 to end the first quarter and opened […]

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Myrtle’s Abriam Frazier looks for the pass against Potts Camp’s Xavion Allen.

Hawks end regular season with split

MYRTLE – The Hawks closed up the regular season with a split decision against Potts Camp, as the Lady Cardinals held off the advancing Lady Hawks for a 67-62 win while the Myrtle boys’ team earned a 62-58 victory. Missing starter Ivory Montgomery, the Lady Hawks needed a big game from post player Jessica Floyd. […]

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