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Heralding a new day

The wait is over and Corollas are rolling off the assembly line at Union County’s Toyota’s manufacturing plant. What a few skeptics had predicted would never happen has. For the rest of us who believed from Feb. 27, 2007, the day of the first announcement, it was an exciting and hoopla filled day Thursday as […]

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Successful by any measure

By any measure, the New Albany Main Street Holiday Open House was an unqualified success this year. The largest crowd ever, estimated at more than 2,000, turned out to see the holiday decorations, enjoy some refreshments and poke around the 26 businesses that participated in the event. Shops were open from 1 p.m. to 6 […]

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Kicking off the holidays

What has become one of New Albany’s largest events takes place this Sunday afternoon. The New Albany Main Street Holiday Open House is expected to draw more than 2,000 to participating shops and businesses, mostly in the historic downtown area. It’s a way to kick off holiday shopping, spend time with your friends and neighbors […]

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Stuck on square one

A year ago in this space we argued that New Albany should conduct a feasibility study on the cost and benefits of a public swimming pool. We still think so. A year later we seem to be no closer to getting our children a place to learn to swim and our families a wholesome spot […]

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Becoming smokefree

New Albany will join 40 other Mississippi cities and towns Dec. 2 when a smoke-free workplace ordinance goes into effect. The Board of Aldermen adopted the ordinance unanimously Monday after a public hearing generated no comments from the public. We were a little surprised that no one spoke out against it; perhaps it shows the […]

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Preparing our children

Mississippi school children lag near the bottom among the states in education performance and a key reason is that many arrive at kindergarten and first grade unprepared for learning. Most never catch up to the level of other children and the result affects lots of things over time: the earning level of our citizens, the […]

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Blue Springs regulations

Getting good land use and zoning regulations in place near the new Toyota plant in Blue Springs is an important community issue. Mike Slaughter, urban planning consultant for Oxford-based Slaughter and Associates, recently met with the Blue Springs Board of Aldermen to discuss land use, subdivision regulations and zoning. It’s part of a comprehensive plan […]

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Halloween and chili

Another new nighttime event is scheduled Thursday in downtown New Albany. Well, actually it’s a redo of the former Trick or Treat Downtown event, sponsored by the New Albany Main Street Association. Now it’s called Hill Country Halloween and Chili Cook-off. The evening will begin with a short parade downtown at 6 p.m. led by […]

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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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