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Pulling weeds, lots of Advil

It’s been an Advil week around our house. It all started the weekend before last, while we were walking our dogs around the neighborhood. Jenny was admiring everybody’s yards. “We have one of the worst-looking lawns in the neighborhood,” she said. “Our yard is full of weeds.” I had to admit that after our lawn […]

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Political mischief

The Mississippi Legislature has ended its session, having turned aside efforts by Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Republican legislative leadership to expand charter schools and politicize state employees by removing them from civil service. Legislators are to be commended for holding the reins on efforts to raid the state treasury to […]

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Fixing our water issues

New Albany has adopted a plan to begin dealing with the most pressing issues with the city’s water system. The Board of Aldermen has voted to move ahead with a plan, developed by New Albany Light, Gas & Water, to add two production wells, improve water pressure on the east side of the city, and […]

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County voters disenfranchised

Dear Editor: The New Albany Board of Aldermen has done an end around on the voters of Union County. Unable to garner a majority of votes to approve the sale of liquor, the aldermen have chosen to disenfranchise the voters of the county. Proponents of king liquor knew their only chance was to deprive the county […]

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School leader selection

The New Albany Schools Board of Trustees has voted to conduct a national search for a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Charles Garrett, who is leaving the district June 30. The vote was 3 to 2. Dr. Jason Dees, Bernice Bailey and Dr. Susan McClelland voted in favor. Jerry Tate and Bobby Gault voted against […]

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Enforce the rules

An ordinance establishing minimum standards for rental housing in New Albany finally is on the books after nearly two years of on-again, off-again discussion by the Board of Aldermen. The ordinance sets standards for habitation of rental housing and gives the city code enforcement officer the authority to prevent rental units from being occupied if […]

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Anniversaries and a stroll

The temperature was warm, but not too warm, and a gentle breeze Saturday made for an idyllic setting on the balcony of an apartment overlooking Bankhead Street in downtown New Albany. Jenny and I had just met Warren “Butch” Gray, who was showing us around his apartment facing Cooper Park, where he has lived since […]

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Supporting our schools

Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Republican leadership in the Mississippi Legislature have gotten what they deserve: a defeat for their ill-conceived plan to raid the public education treasury to create so-called “charter schools.” They had supported various versions of a bill that would have siphoned off public tax money to support […]

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“Free” phones?

Dear Editor: We received two form letters yesterday mailed from Portland, Ore., advising us that we may qualify for a “free” cellular phone. This offer also included “free” texting and we could select from three different plans with “free” long distance, “free” roaming and multiple other “free” benefits. It even had a place where you […]

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Thanks to the fair board

Dear Editor:     I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Union County Fair Board and directors for being a sponsor for the North Union County Miss Heart of  the USA Pageant. We could not have accomplished our goal to have a food-drive pageant without their sincere help. Ms. Jane and Mr. Stanley […]

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