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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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Toyota and tobacco

The decision by Toyota Motor Manufacturing to implement a totally tobacco/smoke free campus at its new Union County facility is somewhat surprising given the number of Mississippians who smoke or chew. The company announced this week that the Mississippi manufacturing plant will be the first Toyota plant in North America to become totally tobacco/smoke free. […]

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Honoring Mr. Gault

The election of Bobby Gault to the leadership ladder of the Mississippi School Board Association brings recognition and honor not only to Mr. Gault, but also to the New Albany School District and to our city. Gault, who has been a member of the New Albany School District Board of Trustees since 1976, was elected […]

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Have a safe holiday time

Holiday party season is here and at many parties there will be beer, wine or liquor. So, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that if we drink, drink responsibly. Don’t let that beer or glass of wine with dinner turn into more than that, and a blood alcohol content that could impair your driving. […]

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Barbour and the stimulus

Well, our governor is at it again, touting a new “Broadband for Mississippi” web site, which is part of the state’s overall effort to increase high-speed internet access throughout the state. According to Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement press release, the site, www.broadband.ms.gov, will allow Mississippians to learn more about broadband technology and what it means […]

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Seven days to shine

Seven days from now thousands of pounds of food and toys will be delivered to needy families in the Gazette’s 36th annual Sharing at Christmas program. The orders already have been placed with our food suppliers and toys are being purchased for 250 families that have qualified for the program. Last year 222 families were […]

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Challenge, opportunity

Will Tucker’s election in Ward 4 to fill his father’s seat on the New Albany Board of Aldermen presents both a challenge and an opportunity for him. Tucker, who operates the Windshield Doctor, which had been his father’s family business, edged out Angele Mueller, owner of the Tallahatchie Gourmet restaurant, by an unofficial vote of […]

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Be a Good Samaritan

Getting food to low-income families is the mission of the Union County Good Samaritan Center and the job is getting bigger every month. That’s the word from Sally Zemek, executive director of the center, who oversees the operation at 806 Jay Street that is a lifeline for many families in our county. The number of […]

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