I read elsewhere on this forum today about making an image in pieces so that the middle piece expands/contracts based on the content.

Here's my attempt - the Gold border News section: www.littlemissnc.com/testing.php

But for some reason, the top image and the middle image won't meet, but the middle and bottom does.

I have no padding, other than within the middle piece because of text needing to 'clear' the image.

There is no "white space" on the edges of the images themselves to account for it.