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You may be old if…

Only lately have I begun to feel old, and then, thankfully, just occasionally. But if you want to have the weight of your years begin to crush you, consider some of the things that are familiar to you, but that the next generation after you is oblivious to. Monday I was at City Hall when […]

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The Playhouse

One of the items I found when I sorted through some of Mother’s books was a large, dog-eared book of nursery rhymes. I opened its musty smelling pages and breathed childhood! I could picture sitting close to Mother while she read these rhymes and riddles to me. As I turned the worn pages I was […]

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Blurring the line after 50 years

There, amid the junk mail in the mailbox, was a bright blue envelope with a return address that caught my eye: Raytown High School Class of 1963. It can’t be, I thought. I did the math. It is. It has been 50 years since I graduated from high school in the suburbs of Kansas City, […]

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Draining school aid

Mississippi appears headed down the road of diluting the money available for public education by approving legislation that allows competing “charter schools” to be created. The Senate has passed a particularly heinous bill supported by anti-public school interests that would allow an unlimited number of charter schools to be created. Only public school districts with […]

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Advancing education

The Mississippi Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide some state money and standards for preschool programs in the state. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn had a press conference Wednesday to show support for bills that would provide the first state aid to early childhood education. The legislation would provide […]

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Ahem, about that gardening

One of the things Jenny liked about me before she even met me was that I bragged that I was a gardener. She thought she had found a kindred spirit. Now, 13 years later, she says I can’t tell a weed from a flower, or at least I can’t when it’s time to pull weeds […]

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It’s race time again

In its first year, it was an overwhelming success. This year we expect it will be even better. We, of course, are talking about the Amanda Price Memorial Run. More than 1,300 people, including more than 1,000 runners, turned out last year for the event, which honors Amanda Price, who was shot to death at […]

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Are you ‘entitled’ or just ‘due?’

Every once in a while we receive emails that contains topics or information people feel strongly about. Sometimes they want us to print it in the News Exchange. Most of the time, these emails have been bouncing around the internet, sometimes for years. They sound reasonable and most people take them at face value. Whenever […]

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A ‘classic” NA event

What has become one of northeast Mississippi’s premiere prep sports events takes place tomorrow in New Albany. The 22nd annual New Albany Hotbed Classic, featuring 16 boys’ basketball teams in eight games, gets under way at 10 a.m. at Memorial Gym on the New Albany High School campus. This year’s sequence of games and the […]

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The Playhouse

The boxes have been hauled down from the attic, the decorations wrapped, loaded and packed away. That part of Christmas is history, but there’s been much more to my Christmas than what we packed away in the attic. The sparkle from the gold nativity scene on our dining table was reflected onto the faces of […]

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