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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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Spray park plaque

The New Albany Board of Aldermen has found a good way to honor former Ward Three Alderman Tommie Beasley without creating unneeded controversy by renaming Baker Street in his memory. Board members have agreed to erect a plaque at the spray park in BNA Bank Park honoring the former alderman who died earlier this year. […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Sweating out a road trip

The sweat was beaded up on my wife’s face and she clearly was not happy. We were less than two hours into a nine-hour car trip to visit her mother in northern Kentucky and Jenny was really hot. The temperature was in the low 90s and the car’s air conditioning had stopped producing cold air. […]

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An election twist or two

The first round of voting in this year’s state and local elections is over and round two is coming Aug. 25. Although sometimes elections are almost ho-hum and follow a predicted outcome, the balloting Tuesday had a number of twists. Here in Union County, we turned over four of the five slots on the Union […]

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