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RANT: Presley’s Union County Task Force, some hope at last

August 8, 2018 // 1 Comment

People in New Albany and Union County have long suffered over-priced and under-performing internet and cell phone service. Now they have an opportunity to start doing something about it. Mississippi Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley will host a meeting focused on solutions to those problems at Union [Continue Reading]

Rant: Does New Albany need a sign ordinance at all?

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

According to its agenda, the New Albany Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tomorrow evening, June 5, 2018, for its proposed new sign ordinance. Anyone with comments on the new rules governing signs in New Albany will be able to speak briefly. We have ranted so much during the last three years about the badly [Continue Reading]

RANT: Doing public business in secret meetings

April 11, 2018 // 1 Comment

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”                                         — Patrick Henry,  June 9, 1788 Too much public business in New Albany is conducted in secret meetings. Invariably, [Continue Reading]

NAnewsweb.com blogger discusses New Albany signs

March 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

It is expected that a new ordinance governing signs in New Albany will be proposed soon to the city’s Board of Aldermen. Work on the new ordinance started more than six months ago when the current sign ordinance, enacted in 2006, was the source of still another silly situation regarding a new commercial sign in [Continue Reading]

Hopeful signs for the future times of New Albany signs

February 22, 2018 // 1 Comment

About ten days ago the New Albany Board of Aldermen finally gave permission for a new sign in front of the almost new IMPC medical clinic building. The IMPC doctors submitted a permit application seven months ago, hoping to put up a new sign in front of their new building. They started seeing patients in the new [Continue Reading]

Federal employees: the unconstitutional fourth branch of government?

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever the merits or outcome of the most recent battle, Trump/GOP Congress vs. FBI, it is merely the latest skirmish in a long war. It is a conflict that pits elected officials against career federal employees, entrenched, unaccountable, and generally un-fireable. The most notable early such fight came when Andrew [Continue Reading]

Maybe it’s just easier to open a can…or hire a lawyer

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Went down to the Christmas tree lighting event Thursday evening, Nov. 30, at Cooper Park. Nice, well-attended, family-type party. Among those present were two ladies I’ve known for several years. Fortunately, I had my lawyer with me, and each woman had her own legal adviser in tow. My lawyer and each of [Continue Reading]

RANT:  At last, a rough draft of the new sign ordinance

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

A rough draft of the new sign ordinance governing business and other signs in New Albany has been circulated to city officials and others. First Ward Alderman Amy Livingston stated at the city board’s regular meeting on Nov. 7 that she, working with others, had completed a draft of a proposed new sign ordinance. [Continue Reading]

Brown water: The cost of doing nothing will only get higher

October 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Did we jinx NALGW? A little after midnight, early Tuesday morning October 10th, we posted a “Rant,” which lauded the work of New Albany Lights, Gas and Water (NALGW). We heaped special praise on the improvements in electrical service since Bill Mattox became the local utility’s manager seven years [Continue Reading]
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