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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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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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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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Health Fair Saturday

This Saturday Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will hold one of its major community outreach events of the year. It’s the Back-to-School Health Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the hospital. More than 1,000 people, including as many as 700 children, are expected to turn out for a free health […]

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Back to school time

School starts next Wednesday in New Albany and Union County schools, which means it is time for all of us to slow down and start paying closer attention to our driving. Many drivers speed in residential areas, often driving 35 to 45 miles per hour in areas where the maximum safe speed is 25. And […]

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Arts, Beats and Eats

Tickets have gone on sale for one of New Albany’s best social events, the fifth annual Arts, Beats & Eats, which takes place Friday, Aug. 7. The somewhat dressy, upscale event featuring juried artists, music, food and fun has been growing in attendance each year. This year’s gathering will be from 5 p.m. to 8 […]

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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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