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Parks sale end of an era

The sale of the Parks Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership in New Albany marks the end of an era that has spanned 95 years. What started with William N. “Newt” Parks Sr. (Bill Parks’ great-grandfather) opening Parks Auto Co. in 1919 and selling Studebakers ended with the sale of the family-owned business to Joe Marshall of Tupelo on […]

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Rising cost of tuition

University tuition costs are going up again at eight public universities, including the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The College Board is about to approve increases that average 3.2 percent, but are 5 percent at both of the two flagship state universities. Tuition and fees at both schools will be about $7,500 a […]

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An election year sop

The first salvo in election-year look-at-me politics has been sounded with Gov. Phil Bryant’s proposal Monday for an income tax cut for roughly 300,000 tax filers. The governor has included a tax credit for families making up to $52,000 a year in his budget recommendation to next year’s Legislature. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also is […]

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Doing right things right

Two events this week reminded us of the effective and important work two local nonprofit agencies do on shoestring budgets and without much fanfare. The Holiday Open House downtown Sunday and the Union County Job Fair Wednesday were both extremely successful. The Holiday Open House is one of the events sponsored by the New Albany […]

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Sales tax cheating

Nothing gets our dander up faster than a story about businesses failing to pay their state sales tax. A story this week by Emily Le Coz in The Clarion-Ledger was about a Jackson restaurant owner charged with felony tax evasion in what state revenue officials call a growing epidemic of sales tax evasion that cost […]

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UCDA’s Job Fair

Union County is blessed with a relatively low rate of unemployment, but that does not mean that we do not have people seeking jobs or seeking better jobs than they have. Next Wednesday those seeking a job, or a better job, will have an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen employers in the region […]

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Open house downtown

Downtown has been decked out in holiday wreaths and that means one of the area’s most successful events is coming up this Sunday. The New Albany Main Street Association’s annual Holiday Open House will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday About 3,000 people are expected to turn out to see the holiday […]

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Election on Tuesday

Normally we wouldn’t think it was necessary to remind you that we’re having an election next Tuesday. But this year’s general election has been so lackluster that we don’t think it is top of mind for most of us. We do have three offices to decide on Tuesday, as well as a proposed constitutional amendment […]

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Have a safe Halloween

Halloween is upon us, and this Friday several thousand children are expected to be out and about in our county enjoying the opportunity to Trick or Treat. We’re not one to put down the idea of children celebrating Halloween by canvassing neighborhoods looking for treats. Nor do we think it has anything to do with […]

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Sharing at Christmas

Earlier this year the Gazette observed its 125th anniversary of publication. Today we mark another anniversary – the 40th anniversary of the annual Sharing at Christmas push for money to help provide holiday help for families in need in Union County. Although the Sharing at Christmas program has been sponsored by the Gazette all these […]

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