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Read the entire ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act’ here

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE 2016 Regular Session To: Judiciary B By: Representatives Gunn, Arnold, Bounds, Carpenter, Gipson, Shirley, Boyd, Eubanks House Bill 1523 (As Sent to Governor) AN ACT TO CREATE THE “PROTECTING FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE FROM GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATION ACT”; TO PROVIDE CERTAIN PROTECTIONS REGARDING A SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION FOR PERSONS, RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS […]

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Annual musical performance to benefit New Haven Center

This year’s “Night Out for New Haven” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Magnolia Civic Center. This will be the seventh edition of the popular concert series, which is the primary fund-raiser for New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults. And for the seventh year also, entertainment will be […]

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Emerald Mississippi furniture company to hold job fair Tuesday

Emerald Mississippi, the new furniture plant preparing to go into operation in the former Hickory Springs facility, will have a job fair Tuesday, April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Magnolia Civic Center. Officials say all positions are needed. Applicants should bring a resume and two forms of identification, plus be prepared to […]

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County supervisors’ agenda focuses on roads, construction

The Union County Board of Supervisors continued their record of brevity Monday dealing mostly with construction-related issues. They approved modifying plans to slurry-seal county roads so material could be moved to where it is needed for additional improvements and approved a couple of change orders for the on-going renovation of the former Hickory Springs plant […]

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Myrtle’s ‘Music at the Tracks’ day-long festival set for Saturday

Music, motorcycles and munchables will be just part of the attraction this Saturday at the Town of Myrtle’s seventh annual Music at the Tracks. The daylong festival will feature a motorcycle ride to benefit the family of Myrtle supporter, the late Cody Daniels. “Cody was a big bear of a guy but when you talked […]

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Garden show helps community ‘grow’

The New Albany Home and Garden Show this past Saturday benefitted from the cool, sunny weather early but it was likely the two dozen or so individual events that drew visitors. The comprehensive array of speakers covered flowers, vegetables, ways to raise them, how to deal with pests and even new ways to display (or […]

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Board approves changes to former freedom celebration, construction of park campsites

New Albany aldermen managed to cram a lot into their regular board meeting Tuesday, acting on several projects that have not been brought up in the monthly meetings before. Included in discussion were a new festival, trail campsite, carnival and pubic parking lot. Aside from three public hearings and one personal appearance, most of the […]

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City resumes hearings on unsafe structures, approves some property improvements

The New Albany Board of Aldermen oversaw three public hearings and one personal appearance at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday. None resulted in controversy, although a couple did lead to some discussion. The first was a rezoning matter with Barney Hodges asking to have property along Fairfield Drive changed from R-2 residential to C-2 commercial […]

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City school board welcomes new member to replace retiring Bernice Bailey

The New Albany city school board has a new member. Bernice Bailey, who has served for nearly 15 years, resigned for health reasons and New Albany aldermen Tuesday approved her recommended replacement, Penny Johnson Blisset. Mrs. Blissett, a New Albany native, graduate of W. P. Daniel High, wife of Kelvn Blissett and New Albany school […]

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Where in the world is Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Regular readers of this page know this space is usually occupied by a Rheta Grimsley Johnson column. She has been a favorite writer of ours since her days at the Memphis Commercial Appeal, with her unique Southern, sometimes romantic, perspective. Occasionally she will tackle a tough subject but this week she took a particularly hard […]

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