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Flu shots expected to be more effective this year but adults may need other vaccinations as well

It’s once again time for people to consider getting their influenza vaccinations for the year. While it’s too early to tell for sure, health officials are expecting this year’s vaccine to be more effective than last year. The vaccines have to be prepared before flu season so which varieties that are to be protected against […]

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Work under way on Zaxby’s

  Work finally began on the long-awaited Zaxby’s chicken restaurant this past week. Although the start was delayed several months, city officials say they have been told the work will be complete in 90 days. The restaurant will be on Park Plaza Drive between Lowes and Tallahatchie Storage.

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Community helpers day held for county students

Pre-K and kindergarten students from the four county schools were brought to BNA Bank Park Wednesday morning to visit with some of the community helpers who provide services every day. They included law enforcement, fire, utility, medical and other professionals who talked with the children and showed them aspects of their jobs.       […]

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CREATE VP says area has good education base to build on

The fall series of Business2Business luncheons sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi began this past Thursday with an outside view of New Albany and its educational system by CREATE Foundation Vice-President Lewis Whitfield. And, mostly, he had good news for the community, saying we were doing well in most areas. Whitfield, who joined CREATE 11 […]

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Browning on education superintendent ballot while Supreme Court mulls constitutionality

The fate of Roger Browning’s candidacy for Union County Superintendent of Education is in the hands of the Supreme Court of Mississippi, but his name is on the Nov. 3 ballot for now. Circuit Court Judge John Gregory ruled that Browning should be on the ballot, based on a section of state law backed by […]

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County outlawing sale of high caffeine content products to minors

The Union County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to regulate the sale of some powdered caffeine in the county. The action came after a Water Valley woman told of her son’s death from a heart attack after taking a couple of the caffeine capsules widely available to anyone. Although the ordinance is several pages long, […]

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‘Legends and Lore’ brings local historical characters back to life

Local history buffs with perhaps a taste for the ghoulish got to visit with some mostly-long-departed residents of Union County Saturday at the annual presentations of Legends and Lore. Sponsored by the Union County Historical Society and produced by the Tallahatchie River Players, the event brought back to life a variety of well-known as well […]

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County elementary classes participate in multi-faceted Literacy Festival

Elementary classes from all four county schools combined fun with learning this past week as they participated in a literacy festival held at the Magnolia Civic Center. Students had stories read to them as the action was also played out on stage. They were allowed to play Bingo, compete in games outside, share snacks and […]

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Browning back on school superintendent ballot but case appealed to Supreme Court

Circuit Court Judge John Gregory did indeed rule in favor of putting Republican county school superintendent hopeful Roger Browning back on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, as was unofficially said earlier this week. The dispute concerning his candidacy is far from over, however. No sooner had the judge approved an order Tuesday than current […]

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Wildman, left, and McCollum with plaques from the police department showing appreciation for their years of service

Veteran law enforcement officers retire with nearly 80 years of service

Two of the community’s longest-serving law enforcement officers are retiring and were honored with a luncheon at Taylor’s Place Tuesday. Frank McCollum has spent 42 years in law enforcement and James “Bing” Wildman only slightly less at 36 years. McCollum started with the Okolona Police Department, serving as investigator for 22 years, then became Sherman […]

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