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Summer reading

Early survey response from New Albany students about a program requiring them to do summer reading is somewhat negative. Is anyone surprised? Taking a survey of students about whether they want to do school work during the summer is sort of like asking them if they like doing the dishes or scrubbing the toilet. That […]

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Improving our lives

The key to the state’s economic future depends largely on increasing the educational level of our citizens. Mississippi’s per capita income lags the nation and our area of the state is below even the state average. Much of the problem can be traced to the lack of enough education to get and retain good jobs. […]

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Making the grade

The results of Mississippi standardized tests in the schools have been released and they generally show decent scores for both New Albany city schools and Union County schools. In New Albany schools, the overall scores showed little change from the prior year, dipping one point to 180. But Dr. Charles Garrett, superintendent, said although they […]

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A political “stunt?”

Gov. Haley Barbour has done the right thing and acknowledged that he was mistaken when he lashed out against a bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama that will provide as much as $250 million to Mississippi schools. Barbour got a lot of national publicity by saying that the state would have to […]

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Utility bill payments

The revelation that three New Albany employees and a member of the Board of Alderman had been given special treatment in the handling of unpaid utility bills should concern all city residents. The Gazette reported last week that the four individuals had paid up $12,000 in back bills. Alderman Tommie Beasley owed about $5,000, Building […]

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Watch out for children

School is underway in both New Albany and Union County and it’s time to make our annual plea to drivers to be extra careful. We already are seeing too many drivers speeding along near schools while talking on cell phones. During the summer time, we tend to forget about school speed limits. We hope law […]

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Education ‘far left?’

Gov. Harley Barbour again has let his partisanship as head of the National Republican Governors Conference get in the way of the needs of Mississippians. This time Barbour and some other state Republican politicians are complaining about a bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama that has the potential of providing as much […]

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Tax money on upswing

A significant increase in New Albany sales tax collections is welcome news as the city begins work on its budget for the coming fiscal year. The latest sales tax numbers, for May, showed a 10.5 percent increase in collections.  Some have suggested that the increase is attributable to the decision by voters to allow the […]

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Health fair Saturday

One of the largest health fairs in Mississippi occurs this Saturday in New Albany. It’s the Back-to-School Health Fair, conducted by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County with the support of lots of other groups. The fair is geared toward children from 4 to 12 years old. A thousand people, including about 400 children, will show up […]

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New Haven bus praised

Dear Editor: Last week I had the opportunity to go to the Union County Fair with the clients and staff of New Haven School. This was the first school trip on the new bus! I wish you could have shared the excitement of the clients as they saw the beautiful bus, their enthusiasm grew, as […]

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