Wayne Mitchell

Tipping my cap to a day of golf

This column originally appeared in the Oct. 27, 2010 issue of the Gazette. You would think I would learn from my mistakes. If you thought that, you would be wrong. There I was preparing to play 18 holes of golf in the bright sunshine with our son, Joe, and I had no cap for my […]

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Compromise agreement will enable county to keep jail trusties for work program

Union County supervisors Monday signed a compromise agreement that will allow the sheriff’s department to continue to keep state prisoners as jail trusties. The agreement will cost the county more to keep each state prisoner but it also means that the county will not have to hire as many as a dozen or more regular […]

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Absentee voting deadline Saturday for Aug. 4 primaries

Noon Saturday is the deadline to cast an absentee ballot for the Democrat and Republican primaries next Tuesday, Aug. 4. Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford will have her office open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for the convenience of absentee voters, and mailed-in ballots can be received by her office as late at 5 p.m. […]

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Tallahatchie RiverFest announces line-up

Festival organizers say they are hoping to improve upon the success of last year’s Tallahatchie RiverFest, New Albany’s signature fall festival that generally falls on the last weekend of September each year. This year’s festival will be Sept. 25 and 26 falling on the birthday of William Faulkner (Sept. 25) the date around which the […]

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City schools ready for fall; trustees beginning to plan for new building

The New Albany School Board met briefly Monday, earlier than their regular schedule due to the start of the fall session next week. One of the themes was that everything is ready for the semester to start, Superintendent Jackie Ford said. “All the things that are needed are here,” he said, adding that a new […]

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State residents to get yearly back-to-school purchasing ‘tax holiday’

The state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday will take place this weekend beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 31, and ending at midnight Saturday, Aug. 1. The “back to school” event will save seven percent in sales tax for specific, mostly clothing, items that cost less than $100 each. It was established and set for this […]

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Well-being of children

The folks who run the Holiday Inns used to advertise that the best surprise is no surprise. If that were true, we would be in luck here in Mississippi when it comes to the well-being of children and families. Again this year the state ranks 50th among the states in the annual Kids Count survey […]

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Work begun on welcome center for Tanglefoot Plaza, Trail

Construction is under way to renovate the rear section of the old Bank of New Albany building (more recently, Van-Atkins), which will serve as a welcome center for visitors to Tanglefoot Trail. Laura Dunnam is overseeing the project for her father, Dr. John Goudelock, who owns the building. The city is leasing the space, which […]

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The Union County Sheriff’s Department completed its annual compliance check of registered sex offenders in the county this week. Anyone convicted of one of a variety of sexually-related crimes must register his or her whereabouts with the state and update that information if her or she moves. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Union County has 49 […]

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Carnival worker faces enhanced drug charges

County law enforcement officers are still trying to determine whether there is more than meets the eye in connection with a stop they made Sunday night that netted drugs, guns and cash. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the incident began when one of his deputies was just starting his shift Sunday evening and getting gasoline at […]

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