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Beware of becoming ‘shopping desert’

Our philosophy is always “shop local” even if we admittedly don’t always adhere to it as well as we should. Reasons to shop at home are obvious. The money stays here and “turns over” several times. Our merchants prosper, we enjoy convenience and the community grows as our commercial district does. There’s another reason: if […]

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Don’t let customs overshadow meaning of Easter

By Lisa Bryant As I thought about my column this week, I began to look around at what was going on in the community and everywhere you look you see plans for Easter. All the stores have new spring lines in time to find that perfect Easter outfit, Easter baskets and candy can be found […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding The soft, white cardigans were always part of our Easter ensembles when my sisters and I were children.  Mother knew that spring could fool us into thinking the first mild days of March were ushering in permanent warmth. Our parents were confident that winter would make one more sneak attack, and it […]

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We need more of this sort of vision

The approximately $2 million expansion of the Union County Heritage Museum is far from complete but has progressed enough to provide a sense of size and scale. Only an actual walk though the new part of the building can convey the amount of space that will soon be available. The size of the Faulkner Library […]

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Contracting for old fine collection is good idea

For some reason the Union County Board of Supervisors’ decision to allow a commercial company to try to collect old, unpaid fines has drawn considerable area attention. Previous boards have tried using what amounts to collection agencies over the past 30 or 40 years but in each case results after the first month or two […]

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Focus on local businessess

By Lisa Bryant In today’s paper you will find a new feature called Homegrown Businesses. Our goal is to highlight the many one-of-a-kind businesses with distinctive character scattered all over New Albany and Union County. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining a vibrant town center. Having a variety of businesses in town will […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding Man always has a plan. He has a brain, a drive, and usually the means. He makes the plan – a future plan that’s in an orderly, doable schedule. But suddenly from out of nowhere comes . . .! Life is good – one of those sections in life when the kids […]

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You can make us better

The New Albany Gazette is a community newspaper. Today, when many large newspapers are struggling in the changing information climate, it is often such small community newspapers that continue to be successes. But that success can only come if the newspaper truly meets the needs of the community, supports it and works to improve it […]

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Don’t mess with school immunization law

Proposed House Bill 938, which has been passed by that body and is on the way to the state Senate, would seriously weaken the state’s school immunization law and pose a threat to public health. At present, parents must have children inoculated against an array of common diseases in order to be allowed to attend […]

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Excel By 5 seeks to get children ready for school

By Lisa Bryant I had the opportunity to attend a recent Coalition meeting of the New Albany-Union County Excel By 5. This is made up of a group of volunteers that work in different areas to support the standards set forth by Excel By 5 involving parent training, community participation, child care and health to […]

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