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A moment of silence

For many, Memorial Day weekend is a time for family gatherings, barbecues, fishing and boating. For some, including our students, it signifies the beginning of summer. And for others, it means a trip to the cemetery to renew the flowers on loved ones’ graves. All of that is fine and we encourage you and your […]

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Wayne Mitchell

“The Mentalist” and smart TVs

Why do they call them “smart” TVs anyway? Mine is not very smart, at least when I try to operate it. I was reminded of that when Jenny and I were watching an episode of “The Mentalist,” one of our favorite TV programs, which we had recorded on our DVR. Jenny sometimes gets a little […]

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High school graduation

This week 277 seniors will receive their high school diplomas from the New Albany and Union County schools, compared to 301 last year and 274 the year before. On Thursday, 60 will graduate at East Union Attendance Center and 46 will get diplomas at Ingomar Attendance Center. On Friday, 40 will graduate at the Myrtle […]

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Federal aid for market

The receipt of a $20,000 federal grant to help further develop the local farmers’ market is good news for both the market and downtown New Albany. After a study is conducted to determine the best way to improve the market, the Appalachian Regional Commission will provide up to $20,000 to help implement it. New Albany […]

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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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