County plans extension office renovation, courthouse roof repair but reports no progress in mental health issue

The Union County Board of Supervisors had no progress to report Monday in finding an approved facility to house mental patients from the community but Chancery Clerk Annette Hickey said they are continuing to talk with various agencies in hope of finding a solution. The county had contracted with Region IV Mental Health Services to […]

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Committee making progress toward railroad ‘quiet zone’ downtown

The railroad may be an integral part of New Albany’s history but even ardent train lovers are bothered from time to time by the loud train horns that can drown out programs at the courthouse or civic center and make it impossible to carry on business or even a telephone conversation downtown. Now, it appears […]

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Burglars steal cash from Mexican restaurant

Police are investigating a burglary early Sunday at Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant #2 at 180 Park Plaza Drive. Chief Chris Robertson said a cleaning crew was working in the restaurant about 6:30 a.m. and noticed the office door was broken open. They called owner Jorge Huerta, who called police. “Officers found the office door busted […]

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Elliott talks origin of railroads that became Tanglefoot Trail

What is now the increasingly-popular Tanglefoot Trail began as a commercial railroad venture by Col. W. C. Falkner of Ripley, great-grandfather of Nobel-Prize-winning author William Faulkner. Building that railroad turned out to be far from a simple matter, however, thanks to many name changes, ownership changes, financial challenges and competition from other rail entrepreneurs. This […]

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Charitable dentistry program is SRO despite the rain

Despite heavy rains, their first patient showed up at 6 p.m. the evening before, bringing a folding chair and pillow. By 3 a.m. a few more had come in and by the time the office opened, close to 100 were crowding the waiting room, lined up out the door and huddled under a tent provided […]

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Goodbye, Jackson: High school activities association announces football move

‘We’re going to Jackson’ is a thing of the past for football teams who will play in the state championship finals.  The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced the change in location for the 1A through 6A championship games from the capital city of Jackson to Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. MSU will host […]

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Bulldogs wrap up summer soccer in Pontotoc

  New Albany wrapped up their summer 7v7 season at Pontotoc as they played in a round robin scrimmage with host Pontotoc, Saltillo and Tupelo.  “We ended the day 2-1 with the varsity girls picking up wins against 4A rival Pontotoc and Tupelo, the top school in North Mississippi,” New Albany coach Caryl Vogel said. […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Thumbing to California

Fifty years ago, my college friend Dan Dana and I were standing, with our suitcases, beside a road on the outskirts of Kansas City. We were trying to hitch a ride, the beginning of a summer trip to California and back. No, we weren’t crazy, or at least we didn’t think so at the time. […]

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Improving the ER

The hoopla surrounding the grand opening is over and now Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County’s new emergency department is busy with patients. The $12 million emergency department, located on the back side of the hospital campus, was scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Monday, but actually saw the first patient at 5:57 a.m. The modern facility […]

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Dealer and Xplorers battle to tie in Cotton States

The DeSoto Xplorers rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the Northwest MS Dealers in Thursday’s high school Cotton States action. The Dealers led most of the game before the big sixth inning for DeSoto. The Xplorers had only two hits in the sixth, but took advantage of two […]

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A drone in Myrtle?

Let’s get right to the point: We don’t think the police department in Myrtle needs a drone. We were surprised to see in an item in the Gazette last week that the Town of Myrtle had decided to use $3,000 in federal tax money to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle. These are not the kind […]

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More of city zoned agricultural than anything else

  Zoning and zoning change requests have been in the news lately – whether it be relating to housing development, commercial building or even the keeping of chickens. City planners see this as signs of growth but the idea of zoning may not have much meaning for most citizens unless they are active developers. It […]

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Union County Fair pageant winners

    Junior Miss Union County Fair Winners in the Junior Miss Union County Fair Pageant held Tuesday were, from left, third alternate, Kylee Grace Hudson, 9, daughter of Steve and Amanda Garrison and Ray Hudson; second alternate, Starrlyn Smith, 9, daughter of Rose Jones and Gene Smith and Lille Murry; first alternate, Charlsie Paige […]

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Xplorers top Bobcats

A fourth inning surge gave the Desoto Xplorers the edge on Saturday, as they defeated the Bay Springs Bobcats 10-5 in Cotton States High School League play.  Colton Peel (Ripley) led for the Xplorers with two RBIs off a double in the fourth inning, after leading off the game with a single.  Hayes McMullen (Houston), […]

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