Wayne Mitchell

Changing jobs, moving boxes

Standing in the garage and looking at the stacks of boxes piled high, I was thinking about how changing jobs is going to be hard work for our son Joe and me. And we’re not the ones making a change. Much of the stuff in the garage is left over from when Jenny taught second […]

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Distracted driving

Every once in a while something happens that defies explanation. The decision by the Mississippi House at the end of the legislative session to let die a bill it already had passed to ban texting while driving is one of them. One day after going on record 104-16 to ban texting while driving, the House […]

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Museum expansion

The effort to expand the Union County Heritage Museum got a major boost this week when the Mississippi Legislature agreed to provide $500,000 to help pay for the project. The money, part of a $200 million statewide bond bill, would pay a little more than one-third of the cost of the project that will more […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Weary of March and Facebook

March used to be one of my favorite months. By mid-March, Jenny and I would be out on the patio sitting in our swivel rockers and “surveying our kingdom.” That’s our euphemism for admiring the new growth on the flowers and shrubs, watching the birds at the backyard feeders and soaking up the warmth from […]

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Small steps for schools

The Mississippi Legislature has taken two small steps to bolster public education in our state. In the current session, legislators agreed to increase funding by $10 million over the current year for local school districts under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula. That is still $255 million short of the funding required for the legislature […]

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Bryant does right thing

Gov. Phil Bryant has done the right thing by signing into law a bill that allows local school districts to decide when to start their school year, even though he did it for the wrong reason. The new law repeals one passed in 2012 that mandated local public schools could not open before the third […]

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West Union students

West Union students collect $2,000 in pennies to fight leukemia

Each year, students from across Mississippi and Louisiana participate in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s program, “Pennies for Patients.” West Union Attendance Center students in pre-K through sixth grade participated in this program, which began Feb. 3 and ended Feb. 21, and approximately $2,000 was collected from classes at West Union. The winning classes collected […]

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Local officials working to dedicate Highway 30 to William Faulkner

Union and Lafayette County officials are mounting a last-minute effort to have Highway 30 between New Albany and Oxford designated the “William Faulkner Memorial Highway.” Mayor Tim Kent said there should be no problem in getting the designation other than the fact that this year’s legislative session is ending soon. He said tourism director Sean […]

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New water tank nearly complete

Workers were close to putting the finishing touches on the new 250,000-gallon water storage tank near the post office Wednesday despite having to work in sub-freezing temperatures. The tank will still need to be cleaned up and tested, and will receive a paint job. Mayor Tim Kent said the final appearance of the tank has […]

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Computer crimes growing in state

A Union County man was recently convicted in circuit court of “posting an injurious message,” in this case putting nude photos of a woman on Facebook without her permission. Andrew Daniel, 46, was sentenced to five years in prison, although the sentence was reduced to time already served and he was placed on five years’ […]

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