Archive | Opinion RSS feed for this section

Pioneer life at museum

One of the largest events in town for school classes and families with young children takes place today and tomorrow at the Union County Heritage Museum. It’s the Heritage Pioneer Days, started 13 years ago by Jill Smith, museum director, to demonstrate the life of early pioneers. This year’s event is in two parts. Today […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

RiverFest report card

Each year, after Tallahatchie RiverFest Weekend has come and gone, we take stock of the buzz about it and comment on how we think it fared. The bottom line is that we think it came off pretty well. And we had the best weather in years for what are mostly outdoor activities. The only big […]

Continue Reading Comments { 1 }

RiverFest Weekend

This weekend in New Albany encompasses several activities that offer something for every taste and every interest. What started 25 years ago as a run sponsored by the then-Bank of New Albany has become several events – the BNA Bank RiverRun, a downtown festival with vendors and concerts, a literary competition and a Rubber Duck […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }