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Becoming smokefree

New Albany will join 40 other Mississippi cities and towns Dec. 2 when a smoke-free workplace ordinance goes into effect. The Board of Aldermen adopted the ordinance unanimously Monday after a public hearing generated no comments from the public. We were a little surprised that no one spoke out against it; perhaps it shows the […]

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Preparing our children

Mississippi school children lag near the bottom among the states in education performance and a key reason is that many arrive at kindergarten and first grade unprepared for learning. Most never catch up to the level of other children and the result affects lots of things over time: the earning level of our citizens, the […]

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Blue Springs regulations

Getting good land use and zoning regulations in place near the new Toyota plant in Blue Springs is an important community issue. Mike Slaughter, urban planning consultant for Oxford-based Slaughter and Associates, recently met with the Blue Springs Board of Aldermen to discuss land use, subdivision regulations and zoning. It’s part of a comprehensive plan […]

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Halloween and chili

Another new nighttime event is scheduled Thursday in downtown New Albany. Well, actually it’s a redo of the former Trick or Treat Downtown event, sponsored by the New Albany Main Street Association. Now it’s called Hill Country Halloween and Chili Cook-off. The evening will begin with a short parade downtown at 6 p.m. led by […]

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Health and Baptist

The word “hospital” sometimes conjures up dread of negative things – sickness, accidents, emergencies, and, yes, death. Sometimes we even dread going there because it means we are visiting a sick or dying friend or family member. But a hospital is many things. It also represents the health of a community, prevention of sickness, and […]

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Reining in smoking

The New Albany Board of Aldermen moved ahead Monday by voting to present a smoke-free workplace ordinance drafted by the state Department of Health at a public hearing Nov. 1. The ordinance, put forward by Alderman Johnny Anderson, would ban smoking in indoor worksites and in places where the public is invited. It would cover […]

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Architecture or education?

Well, it went pretty much the way we expected. The folks pushing for construction of a new vocational-technical school showed up at our Magnolia Civic Center with a slick video and computer presentation. The CREATE Foundation and an architect from a Chicago outfit called BrainSpaces were here to tout the Wellspring Center for Professional Futures, […]

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Give what you can

The 2011 campaign of the United Way has been going on since August, and up until now the amount of money pledged is only 29 percent of the goal of $2.2 million. A number of major groups, including those involved with health care, have yet to finish their employee campaigns so the total may be […]

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Smoking in workplaces

The New Albany Board of Aldermen plans to consider an ordinance to prohibit smoking in restaurants and public buildings. Alderman Johnny Anderson has asked the city attorney to prepare a sample ordinance and the board has set a public hearing Nov. 1 to get citizen input. Anderson suggested the city consider an ordinance like Tupelo’s, […]

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Extolling a bad idea

The high-gloss effort to make a bad idea look like something our community needs rolls into New Albany Thursday for a presentation at the Magnolia Civic Center. The CREATE Foundation and members of the Toyota Education Endowment Fund advisory committee will be here for a 5:30 p.m. presentation to tout the Wellspring Center for Professional […]

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