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Practicing good customer service

When I answered the phone last Thursday afternoon, I said, “New Albany Gazette. May I help you?” I smile as I answer the phone, just the way I was trained to do many years ago in a customer-service class on phone etiquette. It creates warmth in your voice and makes a good first impression on […]

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School board members debate need for tax increase

For a while this past Thursday, it looked like the New Albany school district might not have a budget as of July 1. Although a public hearing on the proposed city school district budget went smoothly, formal passage of the budget appeared in jeopardy at Thursday’s board meeting. The point of contention was the request […]

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City school board approves list of fundraisers for coming year

Among other agenda items this past Thursday, New Albany school trustees approved a list of proposed fundraising activities for the year. A half century ago, the number of such activities could almost be counted on one hand, but school funding cutbacks in the face of increased costs, larger classes and more extra-curricular activities have led […]

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Holiday to affect deadlines, garbage schedule this week

The New Albany Gazette, along with most businesses and all governmental offices, will close Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The closing has affected the newspaper publication schedule and moved ad and news deadlines earlier. As of presstime today, all ad and news deadlines for this week have passed. The Wednesday paper was […]

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City school trustees make policy changes, hire personnel

New Albany city school trustees met Thursday, primarily to approve a budget for the coming year, but the agenda included a variety of other financial actions and information in addition to personnel changes. In his report, Superintendent Jackie Ford told trustees that the New Albany Boys and Girls Club is the recipient of a substantial […]

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School board honors Coltharp

    The New Albany school board presented Kelly Coltharp with a plaque this past Thursday in appreciation of her 24 and one-half years of service to the district. Coltharp is retiring as director of special services. Presenting the plaque is board president Jerry Tate.

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Crumpton retires from BNA Bank

    BNA Bank and employees honored Peggy Crumpton with a reception Friday to mark her last day with that institution after 44 years of service. Crumpton began working at the bank as a teller in 1970 when the bank was in the building now occupied by Van-Atkins. She said remembers moving to the present […]

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Former narcotics agent molds experiences with gunfights and God into first novel

Merle Temple has seen life at its moral extremes from evil to good. Terms like “hair-raising” and “incredible” are often thrown out casually but Temple’s experiences give full meaning to the words as he has repeatedly faced death and ultimately found redemption. The Tupelo native and retired narcotics officer has tied all of this together […]

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Book illustrator shows how it’s done at summer reading program

        Illustrator, writer and teacher Chuck Galey presented his “Fizz, Boom, Read” program to the participants in the summer reading program at the Union County Library this past Thursday. The award-winning artist used a variety of good, creative illustration examples to show children how they can draw their own.

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County fair, two weeks away, adds more events

The 2014 Union County Fair is less than two weeks away and while many of the events are familiar to the community, some newer additions have not received as much publicity. Perhaps the best example is the Union County Fair Stock Dog Trial, which starts at 8 a.m. July 12 and 13. This is partly […]

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