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Wayne Mitchell

Jewelry, scarves and a sweet tooth

Reporter Angie Barmer was telling me about her interview for a story on how making jewelry as a hobby turned into a business for a couple of local people. She related how Al Stanford was a residential contractor for 20 years, but when the recession hit in 2008, his business faltered. One day he started […]

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An election year sop

The first salvo in election-year look-at-me politics has been sounded with Gov. Phil Bryant’s proposal Monday for an income tax cut for roughly 300,000 tax filers. The governor has included a tax credit for families making up to $52,000 a year in his budget recommendation to next year’s Legislature. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also is […]

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Doing right things right

Two events this week reminded us of the effective and important work two local nonprofit agencies do on shoestring budgets and without much fanfare. The Holiday Open House downtown Sunday and the Union County Job Fair Wednesday were both extremely successful. The Holiday Open House is one of the events sponsored by the New Albany […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Siri, why won’t you talk?

How do I get that woman to talk to me?” was the question. Jenny’s father was on the phone from her parents’ home in northern Kentucky and he thought Jenny would know the answer. “That woman” was Siri, the often annoying “assistant” that had fascinated him a year ago when Jenny demonstrated the voice-recognition feature […]

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Sales tax cheating

Nothing gets our dander up faster than a story about businesses failing to pay their state sales tax. A story this week by Emily Le Coz in The Clarion-Ledger was about a Jackson restaurant owner charged with felony tax evasion in what state revenue officials call a growing epidemic of sales tax evasion that cost […]

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UCDA’s Job Fair

Union County is blessed with a relatively low rate of unemployment, but that does not mean that we do not have people seeking jobs or seeking better jobs than they have. Next Wednesday those seeking a job, or a better job, will have an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen employers in the region […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Halloween a parade of life

My stocking cap was pulled down over my ears and my winter quilted bubble coat was zipped up tight against the howling wind. Jenny was bundled up in a hooded sweatshirt with a jacket over that. We were sitting in lawn chairs out on our driveway, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. “Why does it have […]

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Open house downtown

Downtown has been decked out in holiday wreaths and that means one of the area’s most successful events is coming up this Sunday. The New Albany Main Street Association’s annual Holiday Open House will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday About 3,000 people are expected to turn out to see the holiday […]

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Election on Tuesday

Normally we wouldn’t think it was necessary to remind you that we’re having an election next Tuesday. But this year’s general election has been so lackluster that we don’t think it is top of mind for most of us. We do have three offices to decide on Tuesday, as well as a proposed constitutional amendment […]

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Have a safe Halloween

Halloween is upon us, and this Friday several thousand children are expected to be out and about in our county enjoying the opportunity to Trick or Treat. We’re not one to put down the idea of children celebrating Halloween by canvassing neighborhoods looking for treats. Nor do we think it has anything to do with […]

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