Campaign signage

The primary election is still more than four months away, but we would think it is a whole lot closer looking around New Albany and Union County. We already are awash in campaign signs, especially near intersections on private property and in some cases on public property. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 4. […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Procrastination and garage doors

Sometimes procrastination pays off. At least that was my spin on the events last week when our garage door stopped working. It had been screeching much of the winter when I punched the remote-control button to raise or lower it. But I had chalked it up to the weather causing the tracks to contract a […]

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Legislature includes $175,000 in bond bill for city

The City of New Albany became something of a surprise beneficiary of the $249.5 million bond bill passed by the legislature Monday when it was learned the bill included $175,000 for the city. The money was designated for “(i) construction, development and enhancement of and upgrades and improvements to bicycle trails, (ii) repair and renovation […]

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‘Down From the Hills’ music festival, bluegrass championship moving to park this year

“Down From the Hills” music festival began in 2003, the brainchild of Union County Heritage Museum Director Jill Smith as a way to help preserve the Scots and Irish music that is a part of the community’s cultural heritage. Its first year saw some invited performers but there was also the suggestion of simply having […]

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Shoplifting suspect leads police on high-speed chase, hunt through woods

A Senatobia man remains jailed in Union County after a brief high-speed chase and manhunt Friday night. Charged with three felonies, felony fleeing, felony shoplifting and felony possession of cocaine, is James D. Bush, 44, of 535 Country Club Rd., Senatobia. Police investigators Bing Wildman and Jeff Chism said Bush is accused of pushing a […]

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Myrtle man dies in head-on collision near Okolona

By Stephanie Rebman and Floyd Ingram Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – A Myrtle man died in a Chickasaw County crash Friday afternoon south of Okolona. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criss Turnipseed, the fatal crash happened about 3:30 p.m. on Mississippi Highway 245 about half a mile north of U.S. Highway 45 […]

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Thirteen vying for congressional seat left vacant by Nunnelee death

The deadline to qualify to run in the May 12 special election to fill the First Congressional Seat passed Friday afternoon with one potential candidate dropping out and one being added at the last minute. Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell did not get the 1,000 petition signatures needed to qualify, blaming the lack on himself. The […]

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Candidates reminded to not illegally place campaign signs

Election season is here again and with that comes campaign signs. Given the number of candidates seeking local offices this year, we likely will be seeing a lot of signs. As a result, city, county and state officials are reminding candidates to be aware of where they can legally place signs and where they can’t. […]

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Union becomes ‘Purple Heart’ county

The Union County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a proclamation that would designate our county as a “Purple Heart County.” The proclamation was a request from the Military Order of the Purple Heart as part of a plan to make the entire state a Purple Heart State and honor veterans who have been wounded and […]

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State tax revenue

The election-year hoopla by Mississippi elected officials about trying to reduce or even eliminate the state income tax has quietly subsided. Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn all trumpeted income tax relief, but in the end the House and Senate could not agree on a plan. Some have speculated […]

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Preparations underway for Biscuits and Jam Farmers’ Market

Union Countians may see near-freezing temperatures this weekend but warm weather should be here to stay soon and organizers have already started working on this year’s Biscuits and Jam Farmers’ Market. Master Gardeners Pat and Lisa James are again overseeing the event with Mary Jennifer Russell coordinating crafts and food vendors. “Everything is pretty much […]

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Some of first circuit court pleas, sentences released

A regular term of circuit court was held in Union County this past month involving a few civil cases, but mostly criminal cases with drug offenses predominating. Some of the pleas and sentencing for which court proceedings have been completed include: Rydell Coleman, 20, of 1203 Hwy. 355, Etta, who pleaded guilty to sale of […]

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