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Marking a good year

The end of the year is a good time to stop  and reflect on some of the things that have have moved our community forward. Everyone could make his or her own list, of course, but we have jotted down five things that we think fit. Three involve the City of New Albany, one education […]

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Proud, tired and achy

Each year I fret about it for a couple months. Well, dread it for a couple of months might be a better way to put it. In the end, though, it always works out. I’m talking about Sharing at Christmas, the Gazette’s annual holiday fundraising program that helps make the holidays brighter for many families […]

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United Way passes goal

The United Way has surpassed its 2012 campaign goal of $2.3 million in fundraising across seven counties, including Union, that are part of the United Way of Northeast Mississippi. Last week the campaign announced it had received campaign pledges totaling $2,411,346, a number that some in the community thought would be difficult to achieve. It […]

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Tuning me out can be expensive

Jenny was giving our son Joe some tips about driving in the dark to and from Oxford, where she teaches fourth grade and he commutes to Ole Miss. “Get behind a truck and stay there,” she said. “Just stay in your lane and don’t pass; that way, you’re not likely to hit a deer.” “But […]

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Excel by 5 group excels

New Albany and Union County have completed all the requirements to become an Excel by 5 certified community in Mississippi. It’s time to give ourselves a pat on the back because only nine communities in the state have completed the steps to be part of the program that supports early childhood education. Excel by 5 […]

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Corinth OKs wine, spirits

The city of Corinth has become the first to take advantage of a new state law that allows city voters to determine whether they want the sale of wine and spirits permitted within city limits. Voters in Corinth Tuesday voted overwhelmingly – 70 percent to 30 percent – for the change.  Corinth leaders said after […]

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The whole year on one page

It’s time for the publishing event of the Mitchell family year. No, not another one of my not-very-good columns in the Gazette, like the one you’re reading now. I’m talking about the Mitchell family Christmas letter. Sometimes I agonize about it for weeks, trying to put the family’s best foot forward. Some years that’s harder […]

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Expanding health care

We find comments this week from Mississippi Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak troubling. He seemed to suggest to a state Senate committee that spending money to help more of the state’s low-income citizens have access to Medicaid might not improve their health. This is an odd position to take for the fellow who is supposed […]

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Rally to the cause

In less than two weeks, volunteers will be fanning out across Union County delivering food and toys through the Gazette’s Sharing at Christmas program to families in need. This year, we expect to be able to help a few more than 200 families out of about 300 who applied for assistance. The reality is the […]

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Shopping rituals at Christmas

Setting off on a day of Christmas shopping without any gifts in mind usually ends in failure for Jenny and me. We don’t do very well just wandering around, hoping to stumble on something we like. But that’s what we did last Saturday. Jenny was beginning to fret about what to get her parents, who […]

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