East Union community mourns the loss of student

STAFF REPORTS The close-knit East Union Urchin family is grieving over the tragic loss of classmate and teammate TJ Hamblin following a swimming accident on Friday. Hamblin would have been entering the junior class this fall and was a member of the Urchin football and powerlifting teams. According to Mack Wilemon, Tishomingo County Coroner, a […]

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Back to school time

School starts next Wednesday in New Albany and Union County schools, which means it is time for all of us to slow down and start paying closer attention to our driving. Many drivers speed in residential areas, often driving 35 to 45 miles per hour in areas where the maximum safe speed is 25. And […]

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Only three days left to campaign before party primaries Tuesday

Union County’s approximately 60 local candidates have only three days left to sway voters before Tuesday’s Aug. 4 party primaries. Residents will go to the polls to choose either a Democratic or Republican primary ticket and then from that determine who the nominees will be for each office from the party they choose. With close […]

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Potts Camp native turns love of animals into international career and work preserving species

Holley Muraco’s life might make a good movie, except that she has accomplished so much it might be difficult to believe. The Potts Camp native has gone from being a girl who didn’t even know how to swim to becoming an international wildlife researcher and trainer. This past week she successfully defended her thesis to […]

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Take advantage of tax holiday to save on fall clothes

Don’t forget the state-legislated annual sales tax holiday that lasts from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 31, to midnight Saturday, Aug. 1. The annual event is designed to help families save money on back-to-school and fall clothing items by not collecting the usual seven-percent retail sales tax. The holiday only applies to types of clothing and […]

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Airport receives state transportation grant for hangar improvement

The New Albany-Union County Airport was one of several receiving state grants recently. The Mississippi Transportation Commission approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarding grants to regional and municipal airports across the state for maintenance and improvement projects. The airport here will receive $150,400 to rehabilitate existing hangars. “Local airports are vital to the economy of […]

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Ingomar Baptist Church breaks ground for new sanctuary

The congregation of Ingomar Baptist Church celebrated the groundbreaking for a new sanctuary this past Sunday with a nearly-two-hour service and ceremony. “We called it ‘BYOS’ for “Bring Your Own Shovel,” Pastor Dr. Terry Cutrer said. “That was to help symbolize that it will take the whole community to do this.” Plans call for the […]

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‘Robin Hood’ to be presented at civic center this weekend

The Tallahatchie River Players will present a youth production of “Robin Hood,” written by Tim Kelly, this weekend at the Magnolia Civic Center. The play tells the familiar story of the woodland “outlaw” and his efforts to save Maid Marian and help King Richard the Lion-Hearted take back his throne from evil Prince John. The […]

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Arts, Beats and Eats

Tickets have gone on sale for one of New Albany’s best social events, the fifth annual Arts, Beats & Eats, which takes place Friday, Aug. 7. The somewhat dressy, upscale event featuring juried artists, music, food and fun has been growing in attendance each year. This year’s gathering will be from 5 p.m. to 8 […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Tipping my cap to a day of golf

This column originally appeared in the Oct. 27, 2010 issue of the Gazette. You would think I would learn from my mistakes. If you thought that, you would be wrong. There I was preparing to play 18 holes of golf in the bright sunshine with our son, Joe, and I had no cap for my […]

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Compromise agreement will enable county to keep jail trusties for work program

Union County supervisors Monday signed a compromise agreement that will allow the sheriff’s department to continue to keep state prisoners as jail trusties. The agreement will cost the county more to keep each state prisoner but it also means that the county will not have to hire as many as a dozen or more regular […]

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Absentee voting deadline Saturday for Aug. 4 primaries

Noon Saturday is the deadline to cast an absentee ballot for the Democrat and Republican primaries next Tuesday, Aug. 4. Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford will have her office open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for the convenience of absentee voters, and mailed-in ballots can be received by her office as late at 5 p.m. […]

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Tallahatchie RiverFest announces line-up

Festival organizers say they are hoping to improve upon the success of last year’s Tallahatchie RiverFest, New Albany’s signature fall festival that generally falls on the last weekend of September each year. This year’s festival will be Sept. 25 and 26 falling on the birthday of William Faulkner (Sept. 25) the date around which the […]

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City schools ready for fall; trustees beginning to plan for new building

The New Albany School Board met briefly Monday, earlier than their regular schedule due to the start of the fall session next week. One of the themes was that everything is ready for the semester to start, Superintendent Jackie Ford said. “All the things that are needed are here,” he said, adding that a new […]

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