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Wayne Mitchell

A great idea at the time?

It’s one of those things that seemed like a great idea at the time. “Why not have a big, special edition of the Gazette to observe the 125th anniversary of the newspaper?” I thought. That was then – a year ago. By 10 o’clock last Friday night as we were struggling to complete the last […]

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Toyota volunteers

The strength of volunteerism was demonstrated again this past Saturday, this time by employees, families and friends of Toyota Manufacturing Mississippi. About 850 volunteers from the company participated in National Public Lands Day by helping to freshen two parks in New Albany and build another from scratch in Blue Springs. In New Albany, volunteers helped […]

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New lights at Kitchens

The New Albany School Board of Trustees has taken quick action to cure what could have been a significant safety hazard. The board voted unanimously this week to replace the lighting system at New Albany High School’s Kitchens Field after it was discovered that one or more of the existing wooden poles had been severely […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Keeping the temple rolling

The news last week that the adult obesity rate in Mississippi had surpassed 35 percent did not surprise me. Looking at my own robust waistline, I thought the number might be a little higher. Whatever the number, what it really means is that many of us are fat. Or, at least, that is what we […]

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Honoring top students

The list of students who have achieved the distinction of being named National Merit Semifinalists has been released and the number making the cut from northeast Mississippi is down from last year. Twelve students in the region were named semifinalists in the prestigious national competition that recognizes less than one percent of the nation’s high […]

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Moving on from TV

This week saw a change in the local journalism community that we don’t think should pass without a comment. Robert Byers resigned from his job anchoring the morning news team at WTVA-TV in Tupelo to take a communications position with the Lee County Schools. Why do we care? Some would say it’s a bit unusual […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Off to school…on a Saturday

When the alarm beside our bed went off at 5:45 Saturday morning, it was a clear sign that summer had come to an end at the Mitchell house. I rolled out of bed, pulled on my jeans and headed out with Molly the beagle for her morning walk. It was still dark. By the time […]

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Tanglefoot a year later

The Tanglefoot Trail opened a year ago this month, bringing with it new opportunities for walkers, bikers, joggers and just plain nature lovers. The trail, once followed by explorer Meriwether Lewis, later became the route for the narrow-gauge railway built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of William Faulkner. It is named after one of […]

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Move fast on pool

After dawdling for months, the New Albany Board of Aldermen finally agreed Tuesday to do a feasibility study for a public swimming pool. The board included $10,000 in the city budget a year ago to help pay for a study of the needs and possible solutions to provide a public place for our community to […]

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Get lunch tickets now

The deadline is fast approaching for getting your tickets to the fourth annual Tallahatchie RiverFest Community luncheon. The last day to get a ticket is Monday, Sept. 22, for the Friday, Sept. 26, program in the event hall of the First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15, or you can get a reserved table for […]

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