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Kicking off the season

One of the area’s most successful events is coming up this Sunday in downtown New Albany. The New Albany Main Street Association’s annual Holiday Open House will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. About 3,000 people are expected to turn out to see the holiday decorations, enjoy some refreshments and poke around the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Sniffing out the leavings

Sunday morning I was struggling with Molly, our beagle, on her morning walk. Our usually well-behaved dog was pulling first one way, and then another, with her nose to the ground. The problem? Halloween. Or to be more accurate, the leavings of Halloween. Molly was fascinated with the candy wrappers (some with the candy still […]

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Support for swimming

The proposal to construct an indoor swimming pool facility at BNA Bank Park is both exciting and daunting. It’s exciting because it would provide a wonderful place for competitive, recreational and rehabilitative swimming. But it is daunting because it could cost at least $5.8 million, and maybe more, to construct. The price tag, combined with […]

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Support education

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to select who will fill elected jobs in a variety of offices in our state and in our county. Locally, there are a number of contested races and we encourage you to make your choices known. In recent years, the Gazette has not offered an opinion, sometimes called […]

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Flagging support

It is inevitable, of course. Mississippians will change our state flag to make it more acceptable to all our citizens. It won’t happen overnight. It might not happen in the coming year or two, but it will happen as old attitudes fade and new, more progressive attitudes prevail. The current state flag, which contains the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Reunited with a lost wallet

It was Friday afternoon and I was busy typing material into my office computer for the upcoming issue of New Albany magazine. The phone rang. “I’m trying to reach T. Wayne Mitchell,” said a woman, whose voice I didn’t recognize. “Uh-oh, what can this be about?” I thought, as I replied, “This is he.” “I […]

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Sharing at Christmas

Today marks the start of the 41st annual Sharing at Christmas push for money to help provide holiday help for families in need in Union County. Although the Sharing at Christmas program has been sponsored by the Gazette all these years, it really is about the community, not the newspaper. It’s about all those who […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Not what I want to hear

This column originally appeared in the Gazette on Oct. 26, 2011. It was a nice-looking envelope. Neatly printed on the envelope was “The Mitchell Family” followed by our address. In the corner was RSVP, Please reply by Oct. 18. I thought we were being invited to something. Inside, though, was the harsh reality. The hearing-aid […]

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Education and careers

Dr. Charles Garrett is on a mission to better link education to potential careers. Garrett, the former New Albany Schools superintendent who now is a senior consultant for education to the CREATE Foundation, says students and their teachers need a better understanding of the careers that are open to them. He notes that some of […]

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On the map with I-22

Next Friday the Mississippi Department of Transportation will officially convert U.S. 78 to Interstate 22. What has taken two decades to get done will culminate with an official signage ceremony Oct. 23 at the BNA Bank Park Tennis and Soccer Complex off Bankhead Street. New I-22 signs already have been placed on both sides of […]

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