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Accepting grants on behalf of their organizations were, from left, Nancy Meacham, Union County Literacy Council; Cindy Whiteside, Union County Library System; Evelyn Mason, Tallahatchie River Players; Joyce Sumners, New Albany-Union County Symphony League; Jennifer Cobb, Pilot Club; Vickie Duke, New Albany Main Street Association; Sally Zemek, Lighthouse Enrichment Center and Union County Good Samaritans; Tammy Thomas, Junior Auxiliary of New Albany; Billye Jean Stroud, Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi; Mary Hargrove, Agape Health Services; the Rev. Bill Everett, First Choice Center for Women; Phil Nanney, New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults and Union County Development Association; Jack Dalton, Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum; and Patrick James, Union County Master Gardeners.

  The UNITE Foundation, which helps fund community improvement projects, presented grants totaling more than $20,000 to 16 local organizations Thursday. UNITE, which stands for Union County-New Albany Initiative to Excel, was founded and operates as a subsidiary of the CREATE Foundation, which manages endowment funds for the organization. CREATE offered a challenge grant that […]

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Number of unemployed Union Countians continues to drop

Union County’s unemployment rate for March continued its downward trend, dropping from 5.5 percent in February to the current 4.9 percent. As was the case for February, the county maintains the eighth-lowest jobless rate in the state. Union County also remains among the three lowest in the north half of the state. DeSoto County, near […]

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Former UM chancellor Khayat talks about life, learning and image

Robert Khayat has gone from being a bare-foot boy in Moss Point to Yale University and then back to Ole Miss with a successful football career along the way. Most people, however, think of him as being a retired popular and successful chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Khayat was the guest speaker at the […]

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Business roundtable focuses on development plans for city

“It’s the people who make New Albany strong,” Union County Development Association Executive Director Phil Nanney said Thursday. And Nanney believes that the community can be even stronger through the sharing of ideas and concerns. That is one of the main purposes of the Business 2 Business roundtable held this past week by the UCDA. […]

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Tanglefoot Trail bridge progress

As anyone who has driven by the library parking lot probably knows, the two sections of the new Tanglefoot Trail bridge that will go over Main Street were assembled this week, giving it its 120-foot length. Next comes pouring of concrete supports for the bridge along with removal of the decades-old railroad bridge, both of […]

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Ford named president of Northeast Mississippi Community College

Executive vice-president Ricky G. Ford of Booneville has been named the tenth president of Northeast Mississippi Community College effective July 1, 2015. The announcement was made following a called meeting of the Northeast Board of Trustees Tuesday. Ford takes over for Dr. Johnny L. Allen who recently announced plans to retire. “I think that’s a […]

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More grand jury indictments released

Some more indictments from the spring Union County grand jury convening March 30 and 31 have been released. Court officials said 153 cases were presented, some involving more than one defendant and other cases where one defendant had more than a single indictment. Grand jury proceedings are secret and indictments are not released until defendants […]

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Absentee balloting continues in congressional race

Absentee voters continue to cast their ballots in the special election for the First Congressional District House of Representatives, Union County Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said Wednesday. Thirteen candidates have qualified for the race, seeking the office left vacant by the death of Alan Nunnelee Feb. 6 from cancer. Qualified voters can cast ballots in […]

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Reed to speak at UCDA annual meeting

Businessman and former Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will be guest speaker at the Union County Development Association annual membership banquet Monday, April 27. Reed is president of the Reed’s Department Store company. While Tupelo mayor from 2009 to 2013, he was credited with creating the position of a municipal communications director, establishing a recurring […]

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Blue Springs railroad crossings to see upgrade

Union County supervisors approved an agreement Monday that will see a couple of railroad crossings in the southeastern part of the county upgraded. The crossing on County Road 265 in Blue Springs will have crossing gates in addition to lights and the crossing will be widened and the approach improved. Fourth District Supervisor Randy Owen […]

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