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Wayne Mitchell

When is it time to retire?

When is it time to retire? It’s a hard question to answer. My father worked hard at jobs that mostly required manual labor and when he turned 65, he was ready. It also was the expected retirement age at the company where he worked.He and my mother lived on their Social Security checks, along with […]

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A tower of support

The new water tower under construction near the intersection of State Highway 15 and Bankhead Street will dominate the landscape on the east side of New Albany. The tower presents a unique opportunity for New Albany Light Gas & Water Department in cooperation with the city Board of Aldermen and the New Albany Schools to […]

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Home and garden

One of our favorite springtime events is coming up April 4 and 5 at the Union County Fairgrounds. It’s the New Albany Home and Garden Show, which is sponsored by the Union County Master Gardeners group with help from the Mississippi State Extension Service. What started on a relatively small scale has grown into a […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Spring, Madness and magazines

March is many things – spring break, March Madness, the first flowers of spring and glossy magazines. That’s right – glossy magazines. March is glossy magazine time at the Gazette. This year we will produce two of them. It’s something that keeps our small staff busy, along with publishing two newspapers a week. Today in […]

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It’s spring…finally

Spring arrives about noon tomorrow, according to the official charts, and none too soon for us. It was a difficult winter across the nation, with wretched weather along with record snows and low temperatures in some areas. Here in Union County, it wasn’t too pleasant, either, but fortunately we avoided the severe ice – and […]

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School start meddling

Mississippi appears on the verge of repealing an ill-advised law that prohibited local public school districts from starting the school year before the third Monday in August. The law, passed in 2012, would have taken effect during the coming school year and would have delayed the start of school until Aug. 18. Schools in northeast […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Making lots of copies, sort of

I have tried to remember, but I can’t place who told me to do it. I just remember that I was supposed to make lots of copies of the newspaper because someone wanted them. It was an odd request really. Make a bunch of copies of the May 29, 1978, edition of the Greenville, S.C., […]

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Downtown parking

We predict it is going to take more than a large culvert and a sidewalk to get people to park in the city lot near the Union County Library, but it’s a start. And it’s a start we support. The City of New Albany, based on a recommendation of its downtown parking committee, is going […]

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Support our thespians

In our community, we have what many communities only dream about – an active community theater group with a nice theater available to present its work. The Tallahatchie River Players, our community theater group, is approaching its 10h anniversary, a reason for much community pride. The last play in its current season, the comedy “Arsenic […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Knots on the family tree

We all have our knots on the family tree, I suppose. But some family trees have more knots than others, and I always have thought mine was downright gnarly. In fact, my sister Donna and I sometimes swap stories about who we would consider “normal” among the many cousins from our childhood, growing up on […]

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