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Well-being of children

The folks who run the Holiday Inns used to advertise that the best surprise is no surprise. If that were true, we would be in luck here in Mississippi when it comes to the well-being of children and families. Again this year the state ranks 50th among the states in the annual Kids Count survey […]

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Honoring Beasley

The proposal to rename Baker Street on the city’s east side to honor former Ward Three Alderman Tommie Beasley is ill-advised and should not be brought back before the Board of Aldermen. The proposal has created controversy among some residents on the street who have pointed out that the Baker home became the first black […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Cameras, film and typewriters

Sometimes we don’t notice how much technology has changed in just a few years until something draws it to our attention. That was the case Friday when Kagan Doom, the Gazette’s graphics designer, came out of a back room at the newspaper carrying a camera he had found on a shelf there. It was a […]

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ER marks one year

Next Tuesday will mark a year since the new emergency department opened at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. And an eventful year it has been for the gleaming, modern facility on the backside of the hospital that replaced a cramped and overwhelmed area that looked more like an old-time bus station. Emergency room volume has surged […]

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Texting and driving

Texting while driving became illegal in Mississippi July 1, but so far there Is not a lot of evidence that the law is having an effect. When we drive around New Albany and Union County we see driver after driver staring at the screen on a cell phone. Distracted drivers are an important safety issue […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Keeping an eye out for dogs

There are fewer dogs in our neighborhood these days. There aren’t, of course, but that is how Jenny sees it. “How my wife sees it” has been a discussion topic for the past couple of years, as we make our daily walk around the neighborhood with our own dogs. We watch for any unrestrained dogs […]

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It’s fair time again

It’s coming up to mid-July and that means its time for the Union County Fair and Livestock Show, which bills itself as “the best little county fair in Mississippi.” The traditional fair events will be in full swing beginning Monday with a variety of activities as well as a full carnival. Wednesday is Seniors Day […]

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A proud moment

It was a proud moment for New Albany and Union County last Thursday as 14 local folks turned ceremonial spades full of dirt to kick off expansion of the Union County Heritage Museum. When architectural students at Mississippi State University first put together expansion drawings in 2009, many in the community dismissed it as something […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Just a quiet, rainy day

Even the frogs were trying to get out of the rain. Really. We were sitting in our living room when our son Joe noticed a small frog clinging to the glass in our front door. “He’s trying to get in,” Joe said. Well, maybe; maybe not. But he was definitely there on the door glass […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Spring cleaning? Well, sort of

Spring has arrived at our house. Yes, I know the calendar says that summer officially started 10 days ago. But that’s not Jenny’s calendar. My wife decided Saturday it was time to start spring cleaning, something she did for years at her parents’ and grandparents’ houses when she was growing up. There were walls to […]

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