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A night out in our town

We hear comments from time to time that there are not many night-time social events in New Albany. Some in the community say they have to go to Tupelo or Oxford if they want to do something in the evening. True or not, that’s a common perception. That’s why we’re excited about a new event […]

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School opens, slow down

School started this week in both New Albany and Union County and we are concerned about whether drivers are being extra careful. We see drivers speeding through residential areas (and even school zones) at 35 to 45 miles per hour, often while talking on cell phones. That is too fast in residential areas at any […]

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Youth in the theater

A number of area youth will be showing off their acting talent this week as the Tallahatchie River Players stage a youth production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A majority of the cast members and production crew of the play are college age or below and the cast is primarily comprised of children in […]

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Health Fair next weekend

It’s back-to-school time next week and that means it is also time for one of the largest children’s health fairs in Mississippi. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will be sponsoring its Back-to-School Health Fair for children from 4 to 12 years old. More than 1,000 people, including about 400 children, are expected […]

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Government openness

The Mississippi laws that require public entities to meet in public and maintain open records for public inspection have been strengthened. The state Legislature changed the law governing public meetings to make individuals accountable for any violations, rather than the public body. Supporters of the change, which included the Mississippi Press Association and the Mississippi […]

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Support the county fair

The Union County Fair and Livestock Show, which bills itself as “the best little county fair in Mississippi, kicks off its 70th anniversary year tomorrow at the fairgrounds. For many families, this is the favorite event of the year in New Albany. It brings together about 16,000 people. Most are from the local area, but […]

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Holding line on tuition

The decision by Northeast Mississippi Community College not to increase tuition for the coming academic year makes an attractive educational opportunity even more so. The college will retain a tuition of $1,050 per semester for in-state students and $2,100 per semester for non Mississippi residents – the same as last year. Tuition was last increased […]

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NA attorney selection

The New Albany Board of Alderman has opted for trying a new person as city attorney, rather than rehiring someone from the past. The board voted 3 to 2 to employ Regan Russell, a local lawyer and New Albany municipal prosecutor since 1995, as the new city attorney. Voting for Russell were aldermen Jeff Olson, […]

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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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