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Weekend this and that

Once a month or so, I leave New Albany on Saturday morning, turn on “Car Talk” on National Public Radio and head out to Tupelo. It’s sort of a ritual: I try to arrive shortly after Sam’s Club opens, scurry around and get the four or five things we need, and get to one of […]

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Help local retailers

Our local businesses, our cities, our schools and our state are being hurt because many online businesses do not collect sales tax on purchases. Under current federal law, states can only require businesses to collect sales taxes if the business has a physical presence in the state. In other words, our local retailers collect sales […]

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Progressive energy steps

The installation of a solar-panel array at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Blue Springs is significant to our community in two ways. First, the system represents Toyota’s continuing commitment to energy efficiency and environmental friendly processes.  Installing solar panels is certainly something Toyota did not have to do, and the panels do not provide power […]

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Trying to do my civic duty

Jury duty is not something that ever crosses my mind. In 46 years of being registered to vote, my name has never come up for a jury pool. That is until a week ago Monday. There I was, sitting in the courtroom of the Union County Courthouse with 75 or 80 other people and listening […]

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Celebration Saturday

This Saturday the local coalition that organized the Excel by 5 early childhood initiative is celebrating the community’s official certification in the program. What is promoted as an “Excelebration” will occur from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Park Along the River. There will be free food, music, games, crafts, storytelling and giveaways. That’s […]

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Spring cleanup

It’s spring cleanup time and our area certainly needs it. Recent rains have spurred the growth of weeds and high grass, leaving a generally overgrown look in some areas both in and outside the city of New Albany. That combined with old cars, abandoned appliances and lots of other trash items remind us that our […]

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The Playhouse

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A Southern lexicon

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County Fair needs support to improve

The Union County Fair is experiencing growing pains. Over the past several years, fair organizers have added new events to make it bigger and better each time. One thing that has been missing for quite a while, however, is a featured or headline act of some sort (in addition to the rodeo’s traditionally closing the […]

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Favorite time of the day

What a hard choice last Friday. It was lunch time, one of my two favorite times of the day. The other is dinner, but you probably already guessed that. It was my turn to order and I had to make a choice. Would it be the bacon cheeseburger combo or the fried chicken strips and […]

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