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Two pieces of good news

We are cheered this week by two pieces of good economic news about our local economy. First, a Michigan-based logistics company, a supplier company to Toyota, is moving temporarily into the former Harrison Motors building on Highway 178 in west New Albany. KACE Logistics, the supply chain arm of K. C. Integrated, is going to […]

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A necessary tax increase

This year the Union County School Board has voted to request a 4 percent increase in ad valorem taxes for the 2011-2012 school year. Under Mississippi law, the request, once made by the school board, is required to be granted by the Union County Board of Supervisors. It must be approved by Sept. 15. School […]

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Buy local produce

Our local Farmer’s Market is in full swing. The only thing needed is more customers. It’s an opportunity to buy locally grown produce directly from the farmer without having to drive around the county looking for a produce sign. All we have to do is show up on Wednesdays or Saturdays at the Union County-New […]

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Progressive step for city

The New Albany Board of Aldermen has taken a progressive step to help make future developments in the cityís commercial and industrial areas more attractive. The board, on a 3-2 vote, adopted an ordinance setting minimum design standards for new construction. It would not apply to existing buildings unless they were undergoing a major remodeling […]

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Club is a good cause

The New Albany Boys and Girls Club has asked for increased government support for its budget. The club has asked the Union County Board of Supervisors for $10,000 in public money to help fund its operations. Danny Jordan, board chairman, said the county has not helped fund the club in the past. The request was […]

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All-America City Tupelo

Tupelo’s recent designation as a winner of one of the 10 All-America Cities awards for this year is a marketing and public relations bonanza. The awards, given by the National League of Cities, carry quite a bit of national publicity and allow local officials to trumpet the award for everything from tourism to economic development. […]

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Annexing near Toyota

We understand homeowners’ concerns about the Blue Springs plan to more than double the size of the village, both in area and population, through annexation. The proposal would annex most of the land separating the village from the Toyota plant property. The land is along the north side of Interstate 22 (U.S. 78) at the […]

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Concert finances

Financial problems are threatening to turn New Albany’s Freedom Celebration concert weekend into a shadow of its former self. Organizers are expected to decide by Friday whether to cut the event, scheduled for July 1-2, back to a one-night concert on Saturday night. Phil Nanney, executive director of the Union County Development Association, which stages […]

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Deplorable vandalism

Our community is undergoing a spate of vandalism that is beyond typical summertime pranks. In late May vandals used paint pens to write words and symbols on the brick pavers at the veterans memorial at the New Albany Sportsplex. In addition, one of the lights that illuminates the American flag at the monument was destroyed. […]

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Replacing McMillin

Roger McMillin will be hard to replace as the attorney for the City of New Albany. Oh, we’re certain there will be lawyers who want the job, but it is doubtful the city will be able to find an attorney with the breadth of experience in municipal law and the understanding of issues affecting New […]

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