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Guilty of an annoying cell phone

Should I or shouldn’t I? Should I or shouldn’t I what, you ask? Use my cell phone while shopping. I had just read the column by Rheta Grimsley Johnson in the Gazette Friday about how much she hates to listen to other people’s mindless cell phone conversations in the grocery store. She calls it “unavoidable […]

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Recognizing performance

Often we take for granted businesses or institutions right in our own community. Sometimes it takes recognition from outside the community to remind us of what we’ve got right here in New Albany. An example is our local hospital. It’s there, with lots of good people taking care of our needs day in and day […]

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RiverFest report card

RiverFest has come and gone and it’s time to look at the report card. Here’s the way we saw it: Overall, RiverFest was very successful and the parts that make up the whole appear to be on the right track. Attendance was up 30 percent at the Community Kickoff Luncheon. The William Faulkner Literary Competition […]

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Exhausted from food, music and fun

Whew! I’m still worn out from all the activities last week. I guess I’m a little worn out by the end of every week, but last week was not an “every week” sort of thing for me. That’s because I’m not involved in helping put on a luncheon for 160 people every week. It’s not […]

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Fund the formula

Some legislators, tired of being reminded that they have failed to follow their own law in providing money to public schools, now want to tinker with the law’s formula. The law containing the formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, was passed in 2002 to try to improve the low education standing of the state in […]

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An affront to our town

Every once in a while something happens that just leaves us stunned. That’s where we are today with the news that on almost no notice our area’s largest annual event has been forced out of its downtown location on Bankhead Street in front of the Union County Courthouse. Many of the events of our annual […]

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Parallel parking and rich Texans

Parallel parking was invented by someone who owned a car body shop. At least, that’s what I thought when I was 16 and faced with trying to pass the state test to get my driver’s license. “Who would ever do this?” I thought, as I tried to get my car into the space without bumping […]

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Improving our scores

The state of Mississippi has released the results of its annual public school performance testing and both New Albany and Union County showed continuing improvement in their overall scores. New Albany had an impressive jump in its district score to 193 from 180 last year and Union County improved to 175 this year compared to […]

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Ho, ho, ho …. It’s catalog time

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house. Oh, we haven’t gotten any decorations out or anything. We usually don’t get around to even thinking about that until about Thanksgiving. No, what looks like Christmas is the stack of mail-order catalogs accumulating in the recycling pile. The first sign of the approaching […]

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It’s Pioneer Days time

The Heritage Pioneer Days, which has become one of the largest events in town for school classes and families with young children, will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It was 11 years ago that Jill Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum, decided to demonstrate the life of early pioneers with demonstrations and […]

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