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Newsweek all but forgotten

For months the folks who own Newsweek magazine hounded me about signing up for a digital subscription I could read on my iPad or similar such gadget. I didn’t take them up on their offer for a couple of reasons: First, I don’t have an iPad nor do I have any interest in having one. […]

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Vote “For” restaurants

On Tuesday, March 19, New Albany voters will decide whether they want the sale of wine and spirits to be permitted within city limits. Two Mississippi cities, Corinth and Senatobia, already have taken advantage of a new state law that permits cities to decide the issue in a city election. Currently, the sale of beer […]

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Keep lid on tax money

Officials of the CREATE Foundation of Tupelo spent time this week updating Union County officials on the latest plans for development of an advanced vocational-technical school near the Toyota manufacturing plant. The school, to be called Wellspring Center for Professional Futures, is expected to cost $35 million. The first courses are expected to focus on […]

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How we handle election season

Tis the season – the political season, that is. That means it’s also the time when we get lots of questions about our policies about candidates, political advertising, letters to the editor, and the like. So here’s an attempt to go over our general policies about elections and candidates. We think running for political office […]

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Hospital expansion

The announcement last week that Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County plans a major expansion is good news for our community. It signifies Baptist’s ongoing commitment to its hospital here and to improving health care for New Albany and the surrounding area. Baptist announced that it plans a $12 million addition on the back side of the […]

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You may be old if…

Only lately have I begun to feel old, and then, thankfully, just occasionally. But if you want to have the weight of your years begin to crush you, consider some of the things that are familiar to you, but that the next generation after you is oblivious to. Monday I was at City Hall when […]

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The Playhouse

One of the items I found when I sorted through some of Mother’s books was a large, dog-eared book of nursery rhymes. I opened its musty smelling pages and breathed childhood! I could picture sitting close to Mother while she read these rhymes and riddles to me. As I turned the worn pages I was […]

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Blurring the line after 50 years

There, amid the junk mail in the mailbox, was a bright blue envelope with a return address that caught my eye: Raytown High School Class of 1963. It can’t be, I thought. I did the math. It is. It has been 50 years since I graduated from high school in the suburbs of Kansas City, […]

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Draining school aid

Mississippi appears headed down the road of diluting the money available for public education by approving legislation that allows competing “charter schools” to be created. The Senate has passed a particularly heinous bill supported by anti-public school interests that would allow an unlimited number of charter schools to be created. Only public school districts with […]

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Advancing education

The Mississippi Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide some state money and standards for preschool programs in the state. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn had a press conference Wednesday to show support for bills that would provide the first state aid to early childhood education. The legislation would provide […]

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