Election season

Whew! What a slew of candidates we have who have qualified to run for office in the Aug. 4 primary election. A few months ago we would have predicted a fairly calm, lackluster local election season, but that all had changed by the time the filing deadline passed last Friday. Of course, the announcement by […]

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Just another trip to Oxford

It’s become sort of a monthly ritual for our family. One Saturday a month Jenny attends a training seminar for elementary math teachers in the Oxford School District, and our son Joe and I tag along. No, we don’t go to the training. Rolling out of bed in time to get to Oxford for an […]

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A Union County solid-waste employee, Randy Lyons, underwent emergency surgery in Tupelo Monday afternoon as a result of being crushed between two vehicles on the job. Another Union County man now faces three felony charges as a result. Lyons is also a recently-announced candidate for District Three Supervisor. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the incident occurred […]

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Qualifying ends with nearly 70 candidates in local races

The qualifying period for county elections ended Friday with more of a bang than a whimper as nearly a dozen more citizens announced their candidacy the last two days. The last qualifier, Greg Elder, came in about 4:30 p.m., before the 5 p.m. deadline. Candidates declaring party affiliations only had to submit their papers and […]

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County makes arrests in area burglaries

Union County law enforcement officials have four persons in custody and are looking for a fifth in connection with a burglary in the Pinedale area. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the burglary occurred Tuesday when someone broke into a home and locked barn shed. “They stole a zero-turn Gravely lawnmower, two backpack leaf blowers, some tires, […]

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Area survives later-winter snowstorm relatively unscathed

Union County received from 2.5 to 6.5 inches of snow Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The amount depends on what part of the county was involved with the heaviest amount in the extreme southeast corner of the county and only a couple of inches for the extreme northwest part. The snow came quickly […]

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Sunday is day to ‘spring forward’ to Daylight Saving Time

It’s that time of year when you will lose an hour’s sleep…but the days will suddenly seem longer because you gain an hour of daylight. That’s because Daylight Saving Time takes effect at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 8. The time change, observed by most but not all U. S. states (Arizona and Hawaii don’t use […]

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Enrich the museum

The effort to expand the Union County Heritage Museum suffered a little setback when bids were opened this week on the project. The low bid, submitted by Jaycon Development Corp. of Memphis was $1,365,000, which is 35 percent over the budget of $1,011,000 for the expansion, which would more than double the size of the […]

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The board of directors of the Union County Historical Society opened bids Tuesday for a $1.6-million planned expansion of the Union County Heritage Museum, disappointed to find the lowest bid about 35 percent higher than expected. The apparent low bidder was Jaycon Development Corp. of Memphis, submitting a base price of $1,365,000. Board members were […]

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Today last chance to qualify for county elections

Today is the final day candidates can qualify to run for office in the upcoming county party primaries Aug. 4. Those who want to enter a race at the last minute would do well not to wait until nearly 5 p.m., however. That’s particularly true for an independent candidate. Candidates declaring a party affiliation just […]

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Local storm spotters play vital role in severe weather forecasting

The National Weather Service has a wide array of technology at its disposal but a critical part of its storm-warning capability remains simple and somewhat old-fashioned. That’s sets of eyes on the ground. “Spotters play a very important role in storm warning,” Gary Woodall, with the Memphis office of the weather service said. While radar […]

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New Albany gains representation on Craftsmen’s Guild board with Buster appointment

New Albany and Union County are already growing as an arts community and working to become a part of the “creative economy” philosophy being promoted by state tourism officials. One of the plusses here is that we have three members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi: Tommy Sappington, Allen Stanford and Charles Buster. New Albany […]

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Special U.S. House election to be May 12

Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday set May 12 as the date for the special election to fill the 1st District U.S. House of Representatives seat left vacant by the death of Alan Nunnelee. Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, died on Feb. 6 from cancer. He had just been elected to a third term. The election will […]

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Falcons rally for win

INGOMAR – Late in the fourth quarter, Ingomar trailed Coldwater in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Not only did the Falcons need a big play, they needed someone to step up and lead the team. They got both in senior Laquain Foster, who turned a turnover earned by Ingomar’s defense into […]

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