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Public being warned of phony arrest phone scam

New Albany police are warning the public about a telephone scam that has been reported in the area starting this past week. “Tuesday, we got a report from an elderly lady who received a call saying she had two warrants for her arrest,” Chief Chris Robertson said. “They told her the only way to settle […]

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Juveniles charged in burglary, vandalism cases

Police have charged three juveniles in two unrelated incidents of burglary and vandalism a week ago. One involved a break-in at the New Albany Middle School and the other was a string of acts of glass-breaking from Church Street across town to the new dry-cleaning establishment on West Bankhead. Chief Chris Robertson said the vandalism […]

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Police looking into recent burglaries

Police are investigating a string of auto burglaries in the Jay and Daniel Street area across from the high school this past Friday. Chief Chris Robertson said someone got into the cars and took at least one firearm, cash and credit cards. The vehicles were all unlocked, he said. Officers are also working to solve […]

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Hester selected as state’s D.A.R.E. officer of the year

  Who knew a bit of fatherly advice 15 years ago could lead to Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Tressa Hester’s being voted 2014 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year for Mississippi. But that, indirectly, is what happened. In 1999, when she was offered a job as dispatcher for the sheriff’s department, she didn’t want to take […]

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Supervisors grant tax exemptions for industry

The Union County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to put up $33,680 that will net a $1 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to overlay the runway, taxiways and parking areas at the New Albany-Union County Airport. Both the city and county governments had to agree to provide matching amounts to get the grant and New […]

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$1 million airport grant among items handled by NA aldermen

New Albany aldermen faced a full agenda at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, receiving some good news as well as dealing with sensitive topics. Among the good news was that the city and county are getting a one million dollar grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Mayor Time Kent said he had been informed by […]

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Aldermen decide what to put on water tank, but not whether to close alley or change street name

New Albany aldermen officially voted Tuesday on what to put on the new elevated water tank near the post office. “It will have a Bulldog on the north side, Faulkner on the southwest side and New Albany on it,” Mayor Kent said. The original contract simply called for a bulldog to be painted on the […]

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Chief asks for added fine surcharge to pay for communications upgrade

Police Chief Chris Robertson proposed Tuesday that aldermen approve adding a $10 assessment to fines for moving traffic violations in the city to help pay for upgrading radio and mobile data communications. “This will defer costs to the city and taxpayers for new technology,” he said. The surcharge would only be for moving violations. Under […]

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Board may make city chicken-free zone

Ward One Alderman Jeff Olson brought up the question at the city board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday of whether the city should change its animal control ordinance to specifically outlaw ownership of chickens. “We have received lots of complaints,” Mayor Kent said, noting that keeping chickens and roosters for pets or other purposes has apparently […]

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Smithey named law enforcement officer of year by veterans group

Long-time law enforcement officer Tommy Smithey has been chosen Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Forty and Eight, a charitable honor society of American Veterans. The award was presented at the law enforcement center this past week and included a plaque and cash award. This also means Smithey’s application for the society is […]

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