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Parking lot addition is sign of progress in city

Downtown New Albany is just about out of commercial space and, perhaps even more serious, out of parking space. Not everyone thinks that “downtown” ends at Camp Street and the Tallahatchie River, so businesses have plenty of room to establish themselves beyond those and still qualify as being in the general downtown area. But thanks […]

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Diverse careers available

This week, nearly 300 local students will leave high school behind. A generation ago, the accepted next step for many was to move on to a four-year college if at all possible. Some might go the route of a community college first, but it seemed to be accepted that the gold standard for students was […]

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State treasurer mistaken in picking mayor out

We don’t think New Albany Mayor Tim Kent did anything to get on the wrong side of State Treasurer Lynn Fitch but one could not tell that from her published comments last week. Part of a proposed approximately $250 million bond bill appropriated $100,000 to New Albany – one of a laundry list of special […]

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Initiative 42: Myths and realities

State Rep. Jay Hughes, who represents the 12th District and is from Lafayette County, is rapidly gaining a reputation as the legislator least likely to ever get a bill passed. A Democrat, he does not hesitate to clash with the Speaker or Governor himself and is certain to bring the wrath of the entrenched political […]

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Museum partners also community benefactors and deserve thanks

Congratulations are still a bit premature for the opening of the Union County Heritage Museum’s new addition – but not for the historical society’s twenty-fifth anniversary. It wasn’t that long ago that we had no museum at all. Then came the bare-bones version in the one-room former Catholic church. Not much was there to begin […]

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Bicycle patrols for city a good idea

Police Chief Chris Robertson announced plans this week to begin bicycle patrol by pairs of officers on an occasional basis. While this might sound like something appropriate for a much larger city, New Albany has some special needs that make the more personal and up-close patrolling a good idea. Initially, the bike patrol was discussed […]

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Graduation rates looking up

Both Toyota Wellspring Education Fund and CREATE Foundation officials have been focusing on high school graduation rates and improved technical training as keys to the future success of our young people. This past week the Mississippi Department of Education released figures concerning state drop-out and graduation rates that show Union County’s schools are headed in […]

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Libraries are for life-long learners

We continue to support a proposal to expand and upgrade our county library and a recent Pew Research study had both good and bad news in relation to that. Nationally, attendance has dropped a percent or two over each of the past four years. That’s not so good. The reason, however, appears to be that […]

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Don’t take gift to community for granted

Sometimes, no matter how worthy the cause, people get tired of giving. Mississippians are known for their charitable nature, but we all have limited finances to one degree or another and it can seem the number of charitable organizations that do good work is overwhelming. So far, that weariness does not appear to have set […]

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HB 1523: the good, the bad and the ugly

Much mischief has been caused following Gov. Phil Bryan’s signing of House Bill 1525, more formally known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.” We have heard more comments, more heartfelt about this issue than any for several years, at least. The Gazette has been soundly chastised for not immediately running Rheta […]

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