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Teacher of the Year

The selection of Mary Margarett King as the Mississippi Teacher of the Year is an honor for her, for her students, for New Albany Schools and for our community. King, who teaches Advanced Placement English and a dual enrollment composition course for seniors at New Albany High School, was honored with a reception Wednesday in […]

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United Way distribution

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi has announced its 2014 distribution of funds to agencies that serve Union County and it is not good news. The $60,525 being distributed in 2014 to 24 agencies is down more than 20 percent from the $77,405 distributed to 30 agencies in the current year. Robin Matkin, campaign and […]

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UCDA and the future

The Union County Development Association is attempting to revive attendance at and interest in its annual meeting with a new wrinkle or two this year. After several years without having a dinner with the event, the association will hold a dinner meeting Monday evening in the New Albany Middle School cafeteria. And the committee that […]

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Tanglefoot trailhead

Bicycle season is here and the Tanglefoot Trail already is getting lots of use, much of it from visitors from out of town who have heard that the 44-mile trail has officially opened. Last Saturday we saw visitors with their bicycles and helmets on our downtown streets, reminding us that it’s time to move ahead […]

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Faulkner highway

The Mississippi Legislature has adopted a bill that designates State Highway 30 West from New Albany to the Lafayette County line as the “William Faulkner Memorial Highway.” The plan, which is awaiting Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature to become law, was hurriedly attached to another bill in the waning days of the legislative session. We think […]

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Distracted driving

Every once in a while something happens that defies explanation. The decision by the Mississippi House at the end of the legislative session to let die a bill it already had passed to ban texting while driving is one of them. One day after going on record 104-16 to ban texting while driving, the House […]

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Museum expansion

The effort to expand the Union County Heritage Museum got a major boost this week when the Mississippi Legislature agreed to provide $500,000 to help pay for the project. The money, part of a $200 million statewide bond bill, would pay a little more than one-third of the cost of the project that will more […]

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Bryant does right thing

Gov. Phil Bryant has done the right thing by signing into law a bill that allows local school districts to decide when to start their school year, even though he did it for the wrong reason. The new law repeals one passed in 2012 that mandated local public schools could not open before the third […]

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A tower of support

The new water tower under construction near the intersection of State Highway 15 and Bankhead Street will dominate the landscape on the east side of New Albany. The tower presents a unique opportunity for New Albany Light Gas & Water Department in cooperation with the city Board of Aldermen and the New Albany Schools to […]

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School start meddling

Mississippi appears on the verge of repealing an ill-advised law that prohibited local public school districts from starting the school year before the third Monday in August. The law, passed in 2012, would have taken effect during the coming school year and would have delayed the start of school until Aug. 18. Schools in northeast […]

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