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Barbour and the stimulus

Well, our governor is at it again, touting a new “Broadband for Mississippi” web site, which is part of the state’s overall effort to increase high-speed internet access throughout the state. According to Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement press release, the site, www.broadband.ms.gov, will allow Mississippians to learn more about broadband technology and what it means […]

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Seven days to shine

Seven days from now thousands of pounds of food and toys will be delivered to needy families in the Gazette’s 36th annual Sharing at Christmas program. The orders already have been placed with our food suppliers and toys are being purchased for 250 families that have qualified for the program. Last year 222 families were […]

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Challenge, opportunity

Will Tucker’s election in Ward 4 to fill his father’s seat on the New Albany Board of Aldermen presents both a challenge and an opportunity for him. Tucker, who operates the Windshield Doctor, which had been his father’s family business, edged out Angele Mueller, owner of the Tallahatchie Gourmet restaurant, by an unofficial vote of […]

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Be a Good Samaritan

Getting food to low-income families is the mission of the Union County Good Samaritan Center and the job is getting bigger every month. That’s the word from Sally Zemek, executive director of the center, who oversees the operation at 806 Jay Street that is a lifeline for many families in our county. The number of […]

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Shop, and shop locally

The holiday season is here and for most of us, it’s the season when we do more spending than at any other time during the year. So, it’s a logical time to take stock of what we are going to purchase and whether the items can be bought locally. If an item can be purchased […]

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Form a plan group

A meeting last week to discuss “The State of Union County,” and consider ways to improve it, left us a little cold.  And not just because the heat wasn’t turned on in the Magnolia Civic Center, either. Oh, the folks from CREATE Foundation in Tupelo, who presented the material, did their job with a Power-Point […]

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Giving for the holiday

Thanksgiving is here, for many of us a time for family gatherings, turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. We hope at this time you will be thankful for what you have and also take a moment to share with others as we enter the holiday season. We, of course, are talking about the Gazette’s […]

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A problem of success

It’s quietly become one of New Albany’s big events of the year. We’re talking about the New Albany Main Street Holiday Open House, which drew a couple thousand people to participating shops and businesses Sunday afternoon. Twenty-six businesses, most in the downtown area, participated in this year’s holiday event, up from 22 last year. We […]

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Ward 4 and the future

The election to fill the vacant seat on the New Albany Board of Aldermen has sparked an unusual frenzy of candidates. Nine residents qualified for the Monday special election to fill the remainder of the Ward 4 term of the late Bill Tucker. If no candidate gets a majority, and that seems highly likely, a […]

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Conduct a pool study

Those looking for an excuse for not planning for construction of a public swimming pool in New Albany could have found several at a public meeting this week. A speaker at the meeting said public swimming pools, especially year-round facilities, are expensive to build and expensive to operate. And to be successful, programming needs to […]

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