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RiverFest was just fine the way it was for years

The Tallahatchie RiverFest has been New Albany and Union County’s benchmark festival event for many years now. It has presented an eclectic assortment of programs and events, and built an audience that had seemed elusive for the first several years. In the past, it has showcased local and other artists and organizers have had a […]

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Storm damage brings out best in community

By Lisa Bryant General Manager On Friday afternoon a storm came through Pontotoc and the Pontotoc Progress building (for which I am also general manager) sustained damage to the roof allowing water to come into the office. When something like this happens, it makes you realize how blessed we are to live in the communities […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding The state of Montana is home to Glacier National Park along with an array of sights that words or pictures can’t do justice.  There are rivers everywhere, and they run clear and cold over rocks of every size and color – at least in more colors than I every imagined rocks to […]

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Hospital health fair for children Saturday too good to miss

“Free” sounds like a deal that is hard to beat. That’s certainly the case with the back-to-school health fair at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The annual event always draws crowds and deservedly so. Aimed at children up to 12 years old, the fair has plenty of valuable information for […]

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Schools do good job but could be even better with promised support

Everyone in the New Albany school system had their annual first group meeting Monday before classes start Thursday. The county district staff were to have theirs today. It was not unlike a pep rally. While there may have been some last-minute anxiety or jitters, especially for new teachers, everyone was clearly excited and optimistic about […]

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Parents need to be involved with their schools

By Lisa Bryant General Manager There are many anxious parents getting their children ready for school. This seems, on the surface, a simple task. Wake the kids up, feed them breakfast and send them off to school. Easy, right? If only that were true. It will take a few weeks to get them in bed […]

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Start of school calls for more driver caution

School starts next week and almost everyone will have to readjust from their summer routines and habits to a fall, winter and spring pattern of living. Many things that change are obvious and are tied to the daily class schedule, later to be added to with those for extra-curricular activities. One that is mentioned every […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding Perhaps an island in a faraway place with a spring of fresh water, tropical fruit trees and a food airdrop once a month could be remote enough. Maybe a mountain top with a tree house and monkeys for company would make for sufficient separation. A ship of converted pirates sailing the seven […]

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Required vaccinations safe and reliable

School starts again next week and parents are no doubt scrambling to buy clothes and supplies and take care of other related details. One thing they should not put off to the last minute is making sure children are up to date on their vaccinations. Nobody likes to get shots. A few people think they […]

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Prayer session was step in right direction

Race relations in Union County are not perfect. But thanks to assertive action in the 1960s we have been able to avoid the divisiveness that has torn many cities. And although we can no longer sleep guarded only by an unlocked screen door as we could 60 years ago, our community is still largely violence-free. […]

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