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Make school superintendents appointive positions

The legislature is once again expected to take up the question of whether school superintendents should be elected or appointed. Past efforts to make the post appointive through legislation have not gotten very far, at least partly because the state superintendents’ association has opposed them. The climate appears to be changing this year, however. In […]

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Hotbed Classic is community treasure

The New Albany Kiwanis Club’s annual Hotbed Classic may be one of the unsung heroes of the community’s increasing tourism and quality of life. It doesn’t get the same sort of publicity as the Tallahatchie RiverFest – but is still widely known, draws participants from several states and, more important, has earned a great deal […]

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It makes good sense to shop local

By Lisa Bryant General Manager For the past several years, we have seen a push or campaign to shop local. I don’t think we can say often enough why and how important it is for all of us to shop local. Yes, we all go out of town from time to time to shop, but […]

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Pave way for growth

Residents this week have reported with optimism that Mississippi Department of Transportation crews have been measuring and marking parts of Bankhead Street. The hope is that this work is in preparation for resurfacing and generally rehabilitating the state highway within the city limits of New Albany. Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert announced this past […]

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Don’t take quality of our schools for granted

It may be that we take our local school systems for granted. They seem to be doing what they are supposed to do and don’t make waves. But if you have lived in other parts of the state you may better realize how fortunate we are in terms of education. Both city and county systems […]

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Kids these days don’t know how easy they have it.

By Lisa McDonald, General Manager We have all heard our grandparents tell stories about how easy we have it. I can hear Granddaddy now saying “back in my day we had to walk through three feet of snow for five miles twice a day to go to school.” It must have snowed a lot more […]

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Virginia and Santa

Below the Gazette reprints eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor of New York’s Sun newspaper and the newspaper’s response on Sept. 21, 1897: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is not Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Seventy, satisfied and full of cake

It was supposed to be one of those dreaded birthdays. You know the ones when you roll over another number in the “10s” column. I can remember what a downer it was moving from 39 to 40, 49 to 50 and then 59 to 60. I would spend much of the year preceding my birthday […]

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A good year for charity

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays just ahead, it’s an appropriate time to pause a moment to feel good about ourselves for helping others in need. The two large charitable fundraising activities that wind up their efforts about this time of year have done well. The New Albany Gazette’s own Sharing at Christmas fund […]

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Honoring volunteers

Last week we were reminded of the importance of those people in our community who volunteer their time and energy to help make our lives and the lives of others better. The occasion was the annual Tree of Love Ceremony at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Each year the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary honors one or more […]

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