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Wayne Mitchell

Exciting time for watching sports

If you love watching sports, and I do, the past three weeks have been the most exciting in nearly 30 years. No, I’m not talking about the rise of Mississippi State and Ole Miss to the top echelon of the college football polls. That’s been pretty exciting, too, for long-time fans of those two schools […]

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Faulkner in the woods

What started as an idea to designate State Highway 30 between New Albany and Oxford as the “William Faulkner Scenic Byway” has been pared down considerably. The Mississippi Transportation Commission last week approved naming less than half of the 35-mile road for Faulkner. The commission’s action still must be ratified by the 2015 session of […]

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Tanglefood cooperation

The New Albany Board of Aldermen and the Union County Board of Supervisors have agreed to cooperate in providing a way to handle emergency calls on the Tanglefoot Trail. The two governing bodies have agreed to split the cost of a Polaris Ranger All Terrain Vehicle and a skid unit attachment for transporting patients. The […]

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Wayne Mitchell

You can go home again … and again

Author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a novel, claiming, You Can’t Go Home Again. He was wrong. That’s what I did. Well, sort of. I went back to central Missouri a week ago, to Columbia where I attended college at the University of Missouri in the 1960s. I hadn’t been there in many years and didn’t […]

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Athletes and rules

Is some of the outrage against the National Football League over the recent spate of domestic violence and drug-related incidents involving players misdirected? Well, maybe. At least we think there is plenty of fault to share and some of it belongs in our nation’s colleges and even high schools. The incident that touched off the […]

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Trailhead music

The City of New Albany and the New Albany Main Street Association are trying something new – free music performances on Saturdays in downtown. The city’s tourism department and Main Street will sponsor music performances each Saturday, culminating with a Sunday performance on Nov. 9 There will be two performances each Saturday, the first from […]

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Pioneer life at museum

One of the largest events in town for school classes and families with young children takes place today and tomorrow at the Union County Heritage Museum. It’s the Heritage Pioneer Days, started 13 years ago by Jill Smith, museum director, to demonstrate the life of early pioneers. This year’s event is in two parts. Today […]

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RiverFest report card

Each year, after Tallahatchie RiverFest Weekend has come and gone, we take stock of the buzz about it and comment on how we think it fared. The bottom line is that we think it came off pretty well. And we had the best weather in years for what are mostly outdoor activities. The only big […]

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RiverFest Weekend

This weekend in New Albany encompasses several activities that offer something for every taste and every interest. What started 25 years ago as a run sponsored by the then-Bank of New Albany has become several events – the BNA Bank RiverRun, a downtown festival with vendors and concerts, a literary competition and a Rubber Duck […]

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Wayne Mitchell

A great idea at the time?

It’s one of those things that seemed like a great idea at the time. “Why not have a big, special edition of the Gazette to observe the 125th anniversary of the newspaper?” I thought. That was then – a year ago. By 10 o’clock last Friday night as we were struggling to complete the last […]

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