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The New Albany city primary elections will be held next Tuesday.

After a very quiet early campaign, candidates have been knocking on doors the past few weeks and taking part in forums and other opportunities to present their views on important issues to the voters. We at the News Exchange have posed a variety of questions on important issues over the past months and have asked […]

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The Playhouse

It was in April of last year that my conscience began meeting with me in my closet. My rack of hanging clothes had no sliding room, and it was a squeeze effort to add freshly ironed items. My conscience would point to the crowed rack and chide me for my clothing surplus. I would defend […]

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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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