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Honoring all who labor

It doesn’t seem much like Labor Day weekend with temperatures hovering around 90 and the humidity not much below that. But even though summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 23, for many the arrival of Labor Day is the traditional end of summer. Labor Day also signals the opening weekend of college football (although there […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Sidestepping a honey-do list

Our next-door neighbors painted their house a new color this past weekend. Lane and Tracy Cavender, with the help of a friend with a paint sprayer, brightened up the house with a lighter color that gave it a fresh look. Painting the house follows a summer in which they have redone the landscaping and generally […]

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Fixing our streets

Some of New Albany’s streets are in need of help. The asphalt on some streets has split leaving large cracks and others, including commercial arteries, are littered with potholes. It’s a two-pronged problem really, because some streets including the main drag, Bankhead Street, are the responsibility of the state to keep in good repair. And, […]

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Every vote important

The often heard phrase about every vote being important certainly turned out to be right on point in the local runoff election Tuesday. One vote determined the outcome for the Democratic nomination for Third District County Supervisor. David Kitchens outpolled C J Bright, 477 to 476. Kitchens now will face Michael R. Moody, who won […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Where are the birds?

This column originally appeared in the Gazette in February 2011. The birds are chirping around our house. There are a lot of sounds – from mourning doves to cardinals and wrens to orioles. Unfortunately, most of it is coming from inside the house. It’s my wife’s bird clock, which, instead of chiming, makes the sound […]

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Close the park alley

The City of New Albany has made several changes during the past year or so in downtown traffic flow and parking. And we have been generally supportive of those changes, including limiting the time in parking spaces. But we think the city has taken a step back with one recent change – the decision to […]

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Vote in the runoffs

Getting voters to turn out for a runoff election is sometimes difficult. One reason is that there are many fewer races and candidates from which to choose. Another, and often the major reason, is that it just slips our minds. So this is your reminder. The runoff election is next Tuesday, Aug. 25. And there […]

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Charitable giving

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi kicked off its 2015 fundraising campaign earlier this month by helping provide backpacks at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County’s annual Back to School Health Fair. Now, the hard part of the campaign – raising more than $2.5 million—is under way across the seven-county coverage area of the United Way. […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Football creeps up on baseball

It’s football time again in northeast Mississippi. It sort of slipped up on me this year because my mind as been focused on baseball. Not just any baseball team, either. My long-suffering Kansas City Royals are in first place in the American League Central Division. After playing in the World Series last year in what […]

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Literary luncheon

The Tallahatchie RiverFest Community Literary Luncheon will mark its fifth anniversary on Sept. 25 this year and tickets will go on sale for the annual event on Monday, Aug. 17. The kickoff luncheon was begun four years ago to help boost the literary aspects of RiverFest to the forefront by putting more emphasis on the […]

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