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Progress at UCDA

The effort of the Union County Development Association to reinvent itself is beginning to pay off. The organization struggled a bit with its mission after much of its traditional work—economic development, marketing and tourism, as well as Tallahatchie RiverFest—was siphoned off to others. But we see progress being made. Under Phil Nanney’s leadership, the group […]

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A sense of relief

The Republican primary is finally over, and for many Mississippians it brings a sense of relief. Relief from the bitter and often unpleasant political commercials that inundated our airwaves, mostly paid for by groups from who knows where with innocuous names, but not innocuous agendas. But also, for many of us, relief in knowing that […]

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Political blather

Gov. Phil Bryant owes an apology to the state Board of Education, our public schools, their teachers and their students for his latest political demagoguery about efforts to raise our education standards. The governor, apparently believing he had let Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal one-up him in that department, last week called Common Core a “failed […]

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“Explore” our area

Today’s issue of the Gazette contains the fifth edition of Explore Magazine, our annual glossy tourism and marketing guide touting the benefits of New Albany and Union County. It’s something all of us at the Gazette are proud of because it has been an unqualified success story. It certainly wasn’t a guarantee when we took […]

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Water fun for children

The children’s spray park at BNA Bank Park has begun its fifth year of operation, opening last Saturday in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The park, which has become a favorite summer activity for many small children, will be open from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

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A moment of silence

For many, Memorial Day weekend is a time for family gatherings, barbecues, fishing and boating. For some, including our students, it signifies the beginning of summer. And for others, it means a trip to the cemetery to renew the flowers on loved ones’ graves. All of that is fine and we encourage you and your […]

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High school graduation

This week 277 seniors will receive their high school diplomas from the New Albany and Union County schools, compared to 301 last year and 274 the year before. On Thursday, 60 will graduate at East Union Attendance Center and 46 will get diplomas at Ingomar Attendance Center. On Friday, 40 will graduate at the Myrtle […]

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Federal aid for market

The receipt of a $20,000 federal grant to help further develop the local farmers’ market is good news for both the market and downtown New Albany. After a study is conducted to determine the best way to improve the market, the Appalachian Regional Commission will provide up to $20,000 to help implement it. New Albany […]

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Bluegrass competition

The sounds of fiddling, guitars and banjos will fill the air this Saturday as the community hosts the annual Down From the Hills Mississippi Bluegrass Championships. The annual festival, which started here more than a decade ago, brings competitors in fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro and mandolin together from around Mississippi and neighboring states. It also […]

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Hospital outreach

Two events this week reminded us of the good work that the folks at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County do in outreach programs in our community. On Monday the hospital conducted its annual Baby Fair, with lots of information, vendors, gifts and refreshments in the hospital lobby. Parents and prospective parents could find out just about […]

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