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Help UNITE and the community improves as a result

Thursday night the UNITE Foundation awarded more than $20,000 to 18 local organizations. Other agencies give money to community groups but most, such as United Way, focus on specific charitable needs. UNITE is unique in that, although it does help charities, it emphasizes overall community improvement rather than needy individuals. This is the fourteenth year […]

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NE@NA shows the worth of ‘vision’

The good news is that the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus at New Albany is so successful they need to expand. The bad news is that they don’t have enough room to do so. Northeast President Ricky Ford said this past week that if they are to add more credit classes and expand other programs, […]

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Let’s get some activity in our lives

By Lisa Bryant A team from the Bower Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Health Schools is going around to the schools to demonstrate the Move to Learn videos. The team has discovered that improving nutrition and physical activity will improve their academic studies. I don’t think this is a great surprise […]

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Make school superintendents appointed rather than elected

In a reversal from previous years, the state legislature appears to be close to passing a bill that would make all superintendents of education in Mississippi appointive rather than elective. Senate Bill 2438 made it though the Senate and the House Education Committee unscathed and awaits action by the full House. State executive officials are […]

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Beware of becoming ‘shopping desert’

Our philosophy is always “shop local” even if we admittedly don’t always adhere to it as well as we should. Reasons to shop at home are obvious. The money stays here and “turns over” several times. Our merchants prosper, we enjoy convenience and the community grows as our commercial district does. There’s another reason: if […]

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Don’t let customs overshadow meaning of Easter

By Lisa Bryant As I thought about my column this week, I began to look around at what was going on in the community and everywhere you look you see plans for Easter. All the stores have new spring lines in time to find that perfect Easter outfit, Easter baskets and candy can be found […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding The soft, white cardigans were always part of our Easter ensembles when my sisters and I were children.  Mother knew that spring could fool us into thinking the first mild days of March were ushering in permanent warmth. Our parents were confident that winter would make one more sneak attack, and it […]

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We need more of this sort of vision

The approximately $2 million expansion of the Union County Heritage Museum is far from complete but has progressed enough to provide a sense of size and scale. Only an actual walk though the new part of the building can convey the amount of space that will soon be available. The size of the Faulkner Library […]

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Contracting for old fine collection is good idea

For some reason the Union County Board of Supervisors’ decision to allow a commercial company to try to collect old, unpaid fines has drawn considerable area attention. Previous boards have tried using what amounts to collection agencies over the past 30 or 40 years but in each case results after the first month or two […]

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Focus on local businessess

By Lisa Bryant In today’s paper you will find a new feature called Homegrown Businesses. Our goal is to highlight the many one-of-a-kind businesses with distinctive character scattered all over New Albany and Union County. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining a vibrant town center. Having a variety of businesses in town will […]

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