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Support our events

Too often we hear people suggest that there is not enough to do in New Albany. We suppose that depends on how active a person or family you have, but mostly we don’t subscribe to that view. What we do believe, though, is that to keep the events we have and to increase their number, […]

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Meeting in public

The Mississippi Legislature has approved a plan to put some much-needed teeth into the law requiring governmental entities to conduct their business in public. The Senate approved this week and sent to Gov. Haley Barbour for signature a bill that puts the onus on public officials themselves and not the government entities to pay the […]

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Cruelty to animals

Legislation that would strengthen the punishment against anyone who harms dogs and cats has cleared a key state House committee.   The bill, which represents a compromise between animal rights groups and groups that include the Mississippi Farm Bureau, was approved by the House Agriculture Committee, which had failed to support protection for dogs and […]

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Checking for insurance

Drivers in Mississippi are required to carry liability insurance to cover accidents that are their fault. It’s the law. Unfortunately, enforcing the law is difficult, if not impossible, and large numbers of drivers wander around the state each day with no insurance. The odds are pretty chancy if you have an accident and expect the […]

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Meeting the need

There are signs that the much-anticipated migration of some Toyota management employees and their families from other company plants to Mississippi is getting underway. We are beginning to hear reports that people are looking both in New Albany and Union County as well as Tupelo and areas in Lee County. We understand the need will […]

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Numbers disappoint

The 2010 U.S. Census numbers for New Albany and Union County are disappointing. The numbers made public Friday put New Albany’s population at 8,034, up only 5.6 percent from the 7,607 people counted in the 2000 Census. Union County grew 7 percent to 27,134 compared to 25,362. Several local business and government officials had estimated […]

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Adding to event space

New Albany has increased its space for holding meetings, dinners, parties and other events with the opening of In Bloom downtown. In Bloom, which is a flower and gift shop, has a companion space that can accommodate at least 125 people for sit-down events. Depending on table arrangements, as many at 140 to 160 can […]

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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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