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How not to do it

The New Albany Board of Aldermen recently demonstrated a classic way not to handle the business of the city. We are talking about the somewhat bizarre handling of the awarding of the city’s property insurance business. As we understand it, the city’s business has been handled for years by the Twitty Insurance Agency. We don’t […]

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Heed plea for help

A group of Murrah Road residents has asked the New Albany Board of Aldermen for help in cleaning up the Resthaven Trailer Park. They attended the board meeting last week after two more automobile burglaries and an attempted break-in of a third vehicle were reported in the area. However, New Albany Police Chief David Grisham […]

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Two events for charity

Two events are coming up that benefit charitable causes. One has been around for a long time and the other is new this year. We commend both to you. The New Albany Hotbed Classic, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will hold its annual high school basketball tournament Saturday. In its 21st year, the tournament features […]

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Barbour and justice

My, my, what a mess. Instead of quietly slipping out the governor’s mansion to return to his former life as a lobbyist, Haley Barbour dropped a bombshell on his way out the door. Barbour granted 203 pardons to felons as he left office. More than 90 percent of them restored normal citizenship rights, including voting […]

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Well-water economics

New Albany’s decision to continue supplying the city water from wells probably was the only economically feasible choice to make. Water currently comes from seven wells that tap into the Eutaw-McShands Aquifer. The wells are spread out around the area. Converting to piping surface water into New Albany from Tupelo would greatly increase the cost […]

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Grow or wither?

What has generally been a low-key campaign on the proposal to allow the sale of wine and spirits in New Albany will be decided Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a special election. The issue was placed on the ballot through a petition drive by local citizens. Voters throughout the county may cast a ballot on the […]

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An agenda for progress

We take pride in providing the news in an objective fashion in our news columns. But here in this space we offer our opinion, and provide space in our Letters to the Editor column for yours. As we enter 2012, we want to remind you where we stand on important community issues. We support: – […]

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Vote again on rentals

A year has passed since the New Albany Board of Aldermen considered a plan to establish minimum standards for rental housing. The proposal was defeated on a 2-3 vote. We think it is time to look at the issue again. Because New Albany has no minimum rental standards, we have a higher percentage of low-cost […]

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Voting for restaurants

Union County voters will face an important decision for the growth of our city in the special election Tuesday, Jan. 10. On the ballot is whether to allow the sale of wine and spirits in the city of New Albany. The issue was placed on the ballot through a petition drive led by local citizens. […]

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Virginia and Santa

Below the Gazette reprints eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor of New York’s Sun newspaper and the newspaper’s response on Sept. 21, 1897: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is not Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me […]

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