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Testing in our schools

The new state test results for English and Algebra back up what most of us in our community already know: We have very good public schools in New Albany and Union County. The results of the Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards test have been released. Tests were given in English and Algebra. The New Albany […]

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Wayne Mitchell

A weighty week at the Gazette

This is the week that I feel a little sorry for the folks who deliver the Gazette. That includes our carriers, who take the paper in bundles to stores and racks so it can be sold by single copy, and the postal carriers, who deliver to the mailboxes of all our subscribers. Why this week? […]

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Honoring veterans

We hope you will pause a moment in your day to honor all those who have served in our armed forces. Wednesday is Veterans Day. Veterans Day and Memorial Day are often confused. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans while Memorial Day honors only those who died while serving in the armed […]

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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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