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Wayne Mitchell

Lake cabin the end of an era

The end of an era. That’s what my sister, Donna, said after signing the paperwork last week to sell the cabin that my father built on the Lake of the Ozarks, near Camdenton, Mo. It is, too, in a way. The cabin was the only remnant left from our childhood growing up in Missouri. My […]

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Bluegrass competition

The sounds of fiddling, guitars and banjos will fill the air this Saturday as the community hosts the annual Down From the Hills Mississippi Bluegrass Championships. The annual festival, which started here more than a decade ago, brings competitors in fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro and mandolin together from around Mississippi and neighboring states. It also […]

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Hospital outreach

Two events this week reminded us of the good work that the folks at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County do in outreach programs in our community. On Monday the hospital conducted its annual Baby Fair, with lots of information, vendors, gifts and refreshments in the hospital lobby. Parents and prospective parents could find out just about […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Fortunate to call New Albany home

Five years ago tomorrow, I arrived in New Albany to help out at the Gazette while a search was conducted for a new publisher. My job description at the time was “roving publisher,” meaning I was to go where I was needed to fill in when a vacancy occurred in the company, which owned more […]

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Heritage tourism

The importance of tourism – and attracting the kinds of tourists who stay awhile and spend money in the local economy – was the focus last week of a talk at the annual meeting of the Union County Historical Society. Sarah McCullough, who manages cultural heritage development for the state tourism division, stressed the need […]

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Toyota expansion

The Toyota executive who spoke at the annual meeting of the Union County Development Association delivered some sobering news. Jackie Hogan, human resources general manager at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, said the company has no plans to expand its plant at the current time. Rumors have persisted since the plant opened that the […]

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Tornado warnings

The violent storms and tornadoes that swept across much of our state Monday serve as a reminder that we always need to be prepared for whatever develops with the weather. It was a miracle that lives were not lost in Tupelo as the tornado crossed McCullough Boulevard and Gloster Street, devastating houses, churches, hotels and […]

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Wayne Mitchell

The alternative to new tires

My phone rang Saturday as we were leaving for the Memphis airport. Our son Joe was heading to North Carolina to visit his father before the summer term at Ole Miss starts next month. “Why would Jenny’s 84-year-old mother be calling me?” I wondered, as I looked at the caller ID. Only about an hour […]

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Teacher of the Year

The selection of Mary Margarett King as the Mississippi Teacher of the Year is an honor for her, for her students, for New Albany Schools and for our community. King, who teaches Advanced Placement English and a dual enrollment composition course for seniors at New Albany High School, was honored with a reception Wednesday in […]

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Wayne Mitchell

A ‘cool and touristy’ downtown

Stopping into The Seamstress to pick up some pants I was having altered (no, I wasn’t having the waist let out), I couldn’t help but think about how much busier downtown has become over the past five years. First, I couldn’t find a place to park on Bankhead, so I went around the block to […]

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