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BMC moves up in class

Blue Mountain College has a lot to celebrate, and it did just that Monday night at a classy dinner for faculty, alumni, donors and friends of the school. Adding to the class was author John Grisham, one of the most prolific and bestselling writers of our time. He was the speaker at the dinner and […]

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Get lunch tickets now

This Friday is your last day to purchase tickets for the RiverFest Kickoff Community Luncheon that will open the annual festival this year. The event, at noon Friday, Sept. 23 in the meeting hall of First United Methodist Church, is a chance to add impetus to the literary tradition of RiverFest. The RiverFest Literary Committee […]

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Heritage Pioneer Days

The Heritage Pioneer Days, a major event in town for school classes and families with young children, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by expanding to three days, from two. It was 10 years ago that Jill Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum, decided to demonstrate the life of early pioneers with […]

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City paid health care

The New Albany Board of Aldermen has voted to provide health care benefits for the city prosecuting attorney and city judge. We think it is a case of bad personnel-management practice. The vote was 4 to 1 to add money for the benefits to the city budget for the coming fiscal year. Scott Dunnam, alderman-at-large, […]

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Events that boost area

Two recent events in New Albany struck us as the kind of activities we could use more of in our community. The first was the Arts, Beats and Eats event held in the meeting hall at In Bloom. It was an evening of good food supplied by our town’s community-spirited eateries, combined with displays by […]

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Holiday Inn expansion

The complete makeover and expansion of New Albany’s Holiday Inn Express will add significantly to the city’s hospitality industry and the tax revenue it generates for our area. The hotel’s façade, its lobby and its 49 rooms have been remodeled with a decidedly more upscale look, and a major building project under way at the […]

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Kicking off RiverFest

The enhancement of the literary and arts aspects of Tallahatchie RiverFest is important if the festival is to continue to be recognized as a significant regional, and not just a local event. That’s why we at the Gazette have taken a role in helping push to the forefront the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which has […]

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Shifting out of neutral

In March the New Albany Board of Alderman took the first step in improving the appearance and livability of our neighborhoods. The board told owners of four properties to bulldoze their dilapidated structures within 60 days or the city would do it at their expense. The board also indicated it would look at the situation […]

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United Way drive begins

The United Way has kicked off its 2011 campaign across the seven counties, including Union, that are part of the United Way of Northeast Mississippi. The goal this year is $2,200,000, slightly more than the goal last year, but not an unreachable number if everyone does his or her part in support of our largest […]

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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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