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Smart, hard work brings superior health care to Union County

April 4, 2016 // 5 Comments

So far as medical care is concerned, fate has been kind to Americans during the last hundred years. During that same century, fate has been more than kind, one might fairly say providentially so, with regard to the medical care available in Union County, Mississippi. It didn’t just happen. Although some of the [Continue Reading]

Origins of profitable Valentine’s Day are somewhat mysterious

February 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

It is not true that Joyce Clyde Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, created Valentine’s Day. Joyce Clyde “Call me J.C.” Hall, 1891-1982 It is true that Hallmark Cards, the company he founded in Kansas City in 1928, has enjoyed millions of dollars in sales using the name of the third century saint and [Continue Reading]

New Albany continues homage to railroads passed by

August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

New Albany – Although the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio — the GM&O — railroad went out of business in 1972, its name and fame  live on in New Albany. The official name of the organization that operates the Tanglefoot Trail, which runs from New Albany to Houston, is the GM&O Rails to Trails [Continue Reading]

The U.S. Flag: legends, facts and protocols

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who designed the American flag? On Saturday, June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the first official national flag of the United States. According to popular legend, the first American flag was made by Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress who was acquainted with George Washington, leader of the [Continue Reading]

Imperfect Politicians, Cleveland through first Roosevelts

June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

American politicians’ scandals and foibles Grover Cleveland: first to be publicly accused of sexual impropriety Stephen Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, the only one to serve two non-consecutive terms in the White House. Only two politicians have risen so rapidly from [Continue Reading]

Imperfect American politicians: babies and bathwater?

May 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

“…the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy” Senator Cochran’s marriage last week to Kay Webber revived gossip about whether their relationship before his wife’s death had offended Puritan sensibilities. Cochran lost consortium with his wife at least a decade and a half [Continue Reading]

Hello again, ‘Clerance’ old friend.

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

         Some things just work out so that everyone gets a piece of what they want. In politics, it’s called compromise; in city management it’s often called historic preservation and/or repurposing. In both cases, it arises from a commitment to doing what is best for the community being served.     [Continue Reading]

New Albany says good-bye, all in a morning’s work

May 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

A railroad bridge in downtown New Albany, believed to have been built more than 100 years ago, was removed in one piece Wednesday  morning, May 6. The bridge formerly carried trains of the old Ship Island, Ripley and Kentucky Railroad, a company originally chartered as the Ripley Railroad in 1874 by Colonel William [Continue Reading]
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