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Choosing city leaders

The upcoming city primary election promises to be an important one with lively contests for mayor and chief of police as well as races in three of the five aldermen spots. All of the city elections except Alderman, Ward Four, will be decided in the Democratic primary on May 7 or the runoff election May […]

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Fill up the theater

Later this month we will have an opportunity to hear one of the world’s best young pianists. And she won’t be on television or satellite radio. She will be right here in New Albany. Yoonjung “Yoonie” Han, a 28-year-old South Korean sensation, will be on stage at the Magnolia Civic Center performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody […]

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Keeping tabs on my sister

My sister has a stalker! OK, that would be kind of alarming, except the stalker is me, her brother. At least, that’s what my wife thinks. Jenny says I’m obsessed with keeping track of where Donna and her husband Homer are during a cruise trip they are taking to Australia and several places in southeast […]

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Correcting a mistake

The Mississippi Senate Education Committee has wisely blocked the appointment of Joel Bomgar to the state Board of Education. The committee voted 8 to 7 not to send Bomgar’s appointment to the full Senate for a vote. House Speaker Phillip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, had made the appointment. Bomgar, of Ridgeland, is head of […]

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Home and garden show good opportunity to learn what works and doesn’t in tourism

The Union County Master Gardeners are presenting their fifth annual home and garden show this Friday and Saturday. The annual event may not get as widespread publicity as, say, the Tallahatchie RiverFest but it is noteworthy for several reasons. One, it is put together by a relatively small group but includes a day and a […]

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Hurting our schools

The deal is done. The Mississippi Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will allow the money available for public education to be further diluted by creation of more competing charter schools. Charter schools do not have to follow many of the regulations that govern our public schools, but are allowed to receive […]

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Trials of a middle name

My name is a problem. Maybe it is for everyone who goes by his or her middle name. I don’t know. My whole name is Thomas Wayne Mitchell, but from birth, my parents called me Wayne. It was the same with my father, whose name was Thomas Alan Mitchell. He was called Alan when he […]

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Gardening weekend

The annual New Albany Home and Garden Show will take place Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Union County Fairgrounds. This is the fifth year for the event, which is sponsored by the Union County Master Gardeners with help from the Mississippi State Extension Service. The show this year features 28 different […]

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Switching parties

State Sen. Nickey Browning of Pontotoc has become the latest Mississippi legislator to switch political parties. The announcement that Browning would become a Republican was made Wednesday in a short statement from Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Browning, whose district includes Union County, has been elected five times to the Senate as a Democrat. We […]

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Basketball and a nap

It was a perfect-weather weekend for a basketball nap – rainy, gray, cold and just too nasty to spend much time outdoors. Jenny and I turned on the NCAA college basketball tournament on TV Friday night and prepared to nod off. We were both tired. Jenny had the better excuse. She and several other Oxford […]

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