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Health and Baptist

The word “hospital” sometimes conjures up dread of negative things – sickness, accidents, emergencies, and, yes, death. Sometimes we even dread going there because it means we are visiting a sick or dying friend or family member. But a hospital is many things. It also represents the health of a community, prevention of sickness, and […]

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Reining in smoking

The New Albany Board of Aldermen moved ahead Monday by voting to present a smoke-free workplace ordinance drafted by the state Department of Health at a public hearing Nov. 1. The ordinance, put forward by Alderman Johnny Anderson, would ban smoking in indoor worksites and in places where the public is invited. It would cover […]

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Architecture or education?

Well, it went pretty much the way we expected. The folks pushing for construction of a new vocational-technical school showed up at our Magnolia Civic Center with a slick video and computer presentation. The CREATE Foundation and an architect from a Chicago outfit called BrainSpaces were here to tout the Wellspring Center for Professional Futures, […]

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Give what you can

The 2011 campaign of the United Way has been going on since August, and up until now the amount of money pledged is only 29 percent of the goal of $2.2 million. A number of major groups, including those involved with health care, have yet to finish their employee campaigns so the total may be […]

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Smoking in workplaces

The New Albany Board of Aldermen plans to consider an ordinance to prohibit smoking in restaurants and public buildings. Alderman Johnny Anderson has asked the city attorney to prepare a sample ordinance and the board has set a public hearing Nov. 1 to get citizen input. Anderson suggested the city consider an ordinance like Tupelo’s, […]

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Extolling a bad idea

The high-gloss effort to make a bad idea look like something our community needs rolls into New Albany Thursday for a presentation at the Magnolia Civic Center. The CREATE Foundation and members of the Toyota Education Endowment Fund advisory committee will be here for a 5:30 p.m. presentation to tout the Wellspring Center for Professional […]

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More events downtown

A group of New Albany businesses is trying something new tonight. It’s called New Albany on Tap, and it’s a fundraiser to help construct a small public park next to Van Atkins Jewelry at the northern end of the Tanglefoot Trail. The event, to be held in Cooper Park, is a beer tasting of small […]

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Backward Rebels

We don’t personally know Pete Boone, director of athletics at the University of Mississippi. Or Chancellor Dan Jones or anyone else in the administration at Ole Miss. But we do know what’s proper and fair. We understand constructive criticism, civility and decorum. And what is going on in anonymous ads placed in several daily newspapers […]

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Kudos to BNA for gift

The announcement Thursday that BNA Bank will donate $500,000 to help with expansion of the New Albany Sportsplex is exciting news for our city. In return for the bank’s pledge of $500,000 over a 20-year period, the city gave naming rights for the facility to the bank. It has been renamed BNA Bank Park and […]

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Schools get report card

The state of Mississippi has released the results of its 2011 public school performance testing, and the rankings are encouraging for both the New Albany and Union County schools. New Albany’s overall district score was 180 this year and the Union County district number was 169. Both numbers are good enough for the districts to […]

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