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Inmate help needed here

Sometimes an effort to save money ends up costing a lot more money than it saves. We think that would be the case with the current state effort to end the Joint State County Work Program. That’s the official name for the program that provides state inmates to counties to work on a variety of […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Summer plan out of whack

Tomorrow we start summer schedule around our house. It’s the time of year when we get up a little later, relax on the patio a while after work, spend time watering the flowers and the grass, and eat dinner an hour later than the rest of the year. Summer schedule is built around my wife, […]

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Furniture resurgence

Working together pays off. That was the take away from Thursday’s announcement that Emerald Home Furnishings of Tacoma, Wash., will be locating a manufacturing plant in New Albany. The project, which has been being put together for a long time, is the culmination of efforts by the city, the county, the Union County Development Association, […]

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Fun at the spray park

The children’s spray park at BNA Bank Park has begun its sixth year of operation, opening last Saturday in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The park, which has become a favorite summer activity for many small children, will be open from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

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A salute to graduates

This week 328 seniors will receive their high school diplomas from the New Albany and Union County schools, compared to 277 last year and 301 the year before. On Thursday 45 will graduate at East Union Attendance Center and 40 will get diplomas at Ingomar Attendance Center. On Friday 40 will graduate at the Myrtle […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Life intervenes in the plan

When it comes to our summer vacation, I plan ahead. Usually before the end of February, I have nailed down flights, hotels and just about everything else except where we are going to eat. (I’ve been known to even do that.) Even though we don’t go until June, I like to leave nothing to chance. […]

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Downtown Saturday

This Saturday the New Albany Main Street Association will have the second of three spring events built around a noon musical performance on the Trailhead Plaza across from City Hall. The series, dubbed Live @ Noon, is a latest in a number of marketing events designed to broaden the number of people who venture downtown […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Mothers’ Club plans ahead

Last spring Joy Fisher called and asked if I would come speak to a meeting of the New Albany Mothers’ Club. I said I would if I didn’t have a conflict. “When would you like me to come?” I asked, as I opened my appointment calendar. “At 3 p.m. on April 8, 2015,” she said. […]

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Not “pie in the sky”

It was about five years ago that Mayor Tim Kent first mentioned to us that he wanted to raise or replace the old railroad bridge over Main Street in downtown New Albany. The mayor thought the bridge, with the misspelled word painted on its side, was not attractive and was a safety hazard for trucks […]

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Alcohol in the park

The New Albany Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to allow its tourism department to serve alcohol at a dinner May 22 in the Park Along the River. The board voted 3 to 1 to allow alcohol to be served at a $50-a-plate event in the public park. Voting in favor were Aldermen Jeff Olson, Scott […]

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