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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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Wayne Mitchell

Sweating out a road trip

The sweat was beaded up on my wife’s face and she clearly was not happy. We were less than two hours into a nine-hour car trip to visit her mother in northern Kentucky and Jenny was really hot. The temperature was in the low 90s and the car’s air conditioning had stopped producing cold air. […]

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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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Wayne Mitchell

A get-away weekend?

This column originally appeared in the Oct. 27, 2010 Gazette. The weekend turned out all right, I suppose. At least I wasn’t too tired to get up and go to work Monday. Based on my experience with air travel in recent years, it could have been otherwise. It all started several months ago when a […]

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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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Wayne Mitchell

Tipping my cap to a day of golf

This column originally appeared in the Oct. 27, 2010 issue of the Gazette. You would think I would learn from my mistakes. If you thought that, you would be wrong. There I was preparing to play 18 holes of golf in the bright sunshine with our son, Joe, and I had no cap for my […]

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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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