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Wayne Mitchell

My wife “tires” of new car talk

Why not just buy a new car? That was the question my wife’s mother asked last week, when Jenny and I were discussing getting a new set of tires for her 2008 Nissan Altima. The tread had worn down to the replacement point over several years of her commute to Oxford, where she teaches. “I’ve […]

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Our classy downtown

New Albany has a classy-looking downtown, bustling with traffic and shoppers that is the envy of many other communities in Mississippi. Aside from the shops, there are several focal points – the recently renovated historic courthouse, Cooper Park with its greenery and flowers and the Trailhead Plaza and bridge, the entry point for the Tanglefoot […]

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Community Health Fair

Next Thursday Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will conduct another of its major community outreach programs. It’s the 2015 Community Health Fair, an opportunity for any person in our community to get a basic update on his or her health for little or no cost. Between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. hospital personnel and volunteers will […]

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Honoring Vance Witt

Vance Witt is an affable, soft-spoken man who does not crave the limelight. He also is a man with a distinguished career and a strong commitment to community service. In our opinion those qualities make him an excellent choice to be joining the Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Alumni Hall of Fame. The board chairman of […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Not your father’s phone company

It seemed like a simple task. My wife asked me to call the phone company and order phone service at her mother’s new apartment in New Albany. “No problem; I’ll call today. She’ll probably have service by tomorrow,” I said. Boy, was I wrong.Things didn’t go well from the very first call. A pleasant, but […]

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Accolade for Baptist

The effort by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County to offer quality-focused health care while controlling costs has reaped dividends both for patients and the hospital. Baptist is one of only three hospitals in the country recognized with the Quest Award for High-Value Healthcare. The other two hospitals are Memorial Hospital Miramar in Miramar, Fla., and West […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Not a pleasant weekend trip

I stepped down from the cab of the rental truck at the convenience store in Florence, Ala. We had only been on the road for two hours in the bumpy 15-foot truck, but I needed a Diet Coke. I reached into my pocket, but my wallet wasn’t there. “Do you have my wallet in your […]

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RiverFest report card

Each year, after Tallahatchie RiverFest Weekend has come and gone, we take a look at the various activities and comment on how we think they fared. The bottom line is that we think in most respects it was a down year. There are probably lots of reasons. We’ll offer our opinion on several of them. […]

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Regulating caffeine

The Union County Board of Supervisors’ decision Monday to regulate the sale some powdered caffeine in the county was a good one. The ordinance makes it illegal to sell any product that contains more than 25 percent caffeine to anyone under the age of 18. Enforcement is up to the sheriff’s department and is handled […]

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RiverFest Weekend

It’s Tallahatchie RiverFest Weekend and all of the activities that entails will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in New Albany. What started 26 years ago as the Tallahatchie River Run evolved three years later into a festival and now encompasses an entire weekend of activities. It gets under way at noon Friday with […]

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