City looking at expanding utility coverage area

Aldermen moved to take a step that could lead to expanding coverage by the city gas department at the monthly board meeting Tuesday. Light, gas and water manager Bill Mattox told board members that Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has talked about expanding the city’s gas service footprint in Marshall and Union counties. […]

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City school board honors teachers, gets legislative update

The New Albany School Board meeting Monday started off with recognition. First, the board members were honored as part of School Board Recognition Week, which is officially Feb. 15-21. Trustees were presented with gifts from the various schools in recognition of their service, a proclamation from Gov. Phil Bryant was read and Superintendent Jackie Ford […]

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‘Mary Poppins’ to land on NAHS stage this weekend

New Albany High School will present the musical, “Mary Poppins,” Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show, expected to be a sellout, are $10 for reserved tickets and $8 for general admission. For ticket information, call 662-534-1805. The story […]

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Scott Barretta and Sam Mosley are shown at the Blues Marker near the museum featuring Moseley and Johnson. Barretta, author, radio host, and teacher, will speak at the museum’s February Museum Moments on Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon.

Museum Moments will have the blues

Museum Moments for February at the Union County Heritage Museum will feature Scott Barretta, Mississippi’s expert on the blues. He will speak at noon, Feb. 19, at the museum. Barretta is an instructor at the University of Mississippi, where his courses include Anthropology of Blues Culture. He is a writer and researcher for the Mississippi […]

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Rep. Alan Nunnelee succumbs to cancer

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee died Friday, Feb. 6, after fighting cancer and related health issues since last year. He was 56. A Tupelo native, he grew up in Columbus before his family moved to Clinton the year before his high school graduation. He got his start in politics at Mississippi State University working with the […]

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Two dead in head-on collision

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Two people are dead after a Sunday afternoon crash in Union County. Troopers responded to a crash at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Mississippi Highway 30 West, just outside the New Albany city limits. Upon arrival, investigators found that Tyler Loden, 21, of Blue Mountain had been traveling east […]

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Vaccinating our children

Mississippi is the model for the nation in at least one area – the immunization rate among kindergarten students. Yes, in a state known for being last in so many things, we are first in protecting our children against the spread of preventable illnesses such as chickenpox, hepatitis B and measles. For instance, 99.7 percent […]

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City moves ahead with condemnation program despite lack of code enforcement officer

Although the city has not replaced former code enforcement officer Baron Baker, who left to join the Union County Sheriff’s Department, aldermen are working to continue their effort toward ridding the city of substandard, unsafe housing. Because of that, they did proceed with a public hearing on possible condemnation of one property Tuesday at the […]

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City schools working toward strategic plan, becoming paperless and expanding competitive cheer

New Albany city school trustees and staff have been working on several programs to benefit students board members heard about progress concerning three of them at the regular meeting Monday. One is a way to expand the school’s competitive cheer program. A second involves an ambitious technological leap for all high school students and staff […]

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Excel by 5 meeting shares area success, challenges in preparing pre-K children

Making sure students are properly prepared when they leave high school is a hot topic these days and many educators say a key to this is starting early, making sure children are really ready when they begin kindergarten. To that end, concerned New Albany and Union County parents and educators worked to become of the […]

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