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Testing for graduation

The Mississippi Legislature has opted to stop meddling with graduation requirements in our schools, wisely leaving the issue with educators and the State Board of Education where it belongs. The Senate Education committee, chaired by Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, decided not to consider a bill that already had passed the House 119-0 that would […]

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Election season

Whew! What a slew of candidates we have who have qualified to run for office in the Aug. 4 primary election. A few months ago we would have predicted a fairly calm, lackluster local election season, but that all had changed by the time the filing deadline passed last Friday. Of course, the announcement by […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Just another trip to Oxford

It’s become sort of a monthly ritual for our family. One Saturday a month Jenny attends a training seminar for elementary math teachers in the Oxford School District, and our son Joe and I tag along. No, we don’t go to the training. Rolling out of bed in time to get to Oxford for an […]

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Enrich the museum

The effort to expand the Union County Heritage Museum suffered a little setback when bids were opened this week on the project. The low bid, submitted by Jaycon Development Corp. of Memphis was $1,365,000, which is 35 percent over the budget of $1,011,000 for the expansion, which would more than double the size of the […]

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Disappointed in editorial

Dear Editor: In regard to the Gazette’s recent editorial opinion voicing opposition to private and home school, I am disappointed with the paper’s failure to objectively examine both sides of this issue. Yes, public school is the right choice for most parents and students. But, private school and home school exactly meet the needs of […]

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Toyota production

The Toyota manufacturing plant in Union County reached another milestone this month – the production of the 500,000th Corolla to roll off the assembly line since the plant opened in 2011. The plant produced about 189,000 Corollas in 2014, which is a new high in annual production at the facility in Blue Springs. And the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Checking over my resume

Sunday afternoon I was looking over my resume on the computer. Now don’t jump to any conclusions. I’m not looking for another job. Some days I struggle enough just trying to do this one. No, I was looking back over it to see if there was anything on there that was an exaggeration. That’s a […]

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Politics and education

The Mississippi Senate has wisely backed away from insisting that the state Board of Education adopt educational standards to be developed by a 27-member board created by the Legislature. On a 17-13 vote the Senate defeated a Tea-Party supported proposal that would have prevented the state board from continuing with the Common Core academic standards, […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Should we get more bread?

Early Sunday afternoon, Jenny and I were discussing whether we needed to get another loaf of bread in case freezing rain caused a power outage. I had been out Saturday morning buying groceries for the week, so we had a lot of food on hand. But the issue was how much of it was going […]

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Attend the public school

The issue of allowing home-schooled students to participate in all the sports and other activities of the local public school has again come up in the Mississippi Legislature. Fortunately, the state Senate, on a vote of 31 to 17, last week rejected the proposal sponsored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, a Sumrall Republican, that would have […]

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