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Let Ole Miss run the university

An effort by a state legislator to require Ole Miss to return Colonel Reb as the university on-field mascot and specify what music the marching band should play has died in the Mississippi House. The bill was a divisive proposal to resurrect an issue that the university administration already has dealt with. The university has […]

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Advising the Fed

The appointment of Vance Witt to an advisory group of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is another milestone for our community. Witt, chairman and chief executive officer of BNA Bank, will serve a three-year term on the St. Louis Fed’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. He was the only Mississippian named to the […]

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Honoring the Hotbed

The Hotbed, often imitated, never duplicated. That’s the motto of the New Albany Hotbed Classic, which just wound up its 20th annual high school basketball tournament Saturday. And the Hotbed has become a classic, changing and growing with the times. The tournament had 20 teams this year in honor of its 20th anniversary, but will […]

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Support clean air

The danger from second-hand smoke is real, and several groups are pushing legislation to ban smoking in all public places in Mississippi. We support the legislation, not only because we support a healthier lifestyle, but also because second-hand smoke is such a health problem for employees of establishments that permit smoking. This week Union County […]

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Huffman’s promotion

James Huffman will be a tough act to follow at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Huffman, the administrator at our hospital for the past five years, has been promoted to the same job at the rapidly growing 339-bed hospital in the Baptist system in DeSoto County. Based on his handling of the job here in Union […]

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Banning pit bulls

The city of New Albany is considering a permanent ban on pit bulls within the city limits. We are opposed to this proposal. We don’t think the city has any business telling individuals what kind of dog they can have as a pet. That doesn’t mean we are not concerned about vicious dogs, but vicious […]

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Barbour’s museum

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s request for the legislature to move ahead with establishing a state civil museum is a good one. The question is how to pay for it? The state, unlike Alabama and Tennessee, has no major civil rights museum to commemorate a significant, albeit tragic and unfortunate, period of the state’s history. Tourists […]

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Analyzing dirty water

New Albany has begun a long-needed analysis of the problems and possible solutions associated with the city’s reputation for dirty water. Bill Mattox, the new head of the Light, Gas and Water Department, is looking into the problem that has plagued city residents for many years. At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen last […]

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No rules for rentals

The defeat of a plan to establish minimum standards for rental housing in New Albany is a significant step backward in the effort to improve our community. The Board of Aldermen vote was 2 to 3 on the proposal that would have set  standards for habitation and given the city building inspector the authority to […]

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An agenda for progress

We take pride in providing the news in an objective fashion in our news columns. But here in this space we offer our opinion, and provide space in our Letters to the Editor column for yours. As we enter 2011, we want to let you know where we stand on important community issues. We support: […]

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