Reinstate Dan Jones

What were they thinking? That’s the question we have for board members of the state Institutions of Higher Learning, who decided not to renew the contract of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. The group, known as the college board, voted last week to remove Jones from his job in September and, then, after a […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Spring Sports Preview time

Well, it’s March – the time when my mind turns to sports, March Madness and our first glossy magazines of the year. I’ll admit that I spend a lot of time about now watching the NCAA college basketball tournament. I don’t really have any of my favorite teams in the tournament, but it just seems […]

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New Haven Center raising funds for 2,000 sq. ft. addition

New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults is embarking on a fundraising effort that is ultimately designed to ease overcrowding and allow for the addition of as many as 20 more clients. The center, more than half a century old, is nearly unique in the state, serving as a community-supported school for many years and […]

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UCDA and Wal-Mart to sponsor driving skills seminars next week

Next week the Union County Development Association in partnership with Wal-Mart Logistics will present a series of programs that UCDA Executive Director Phil Nanney says should be of particular interest to commercial drivers. “It’s also for private drivers or anyone who wants to learn more about driving skills,” he said. “It shows how to be […]

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County Extension Office renovation should begin soon

Work should begin soon on the renovation of the Union County Extension Office and construction of a 20-foot addition to the rear of the building. The Union County Board of Supervisors Monday formally approved the construction contract with Ganger Property Management, who was low bidder with a cost of $198,300. Since the entire building will […]

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Myrtle’s sixth ‘Music at the Tracks’ coming April 18

The Town of Myrtle will hold its sixth annual Music at the Tracks Festival Saturday, April 18, at C. J. Myers Park. This year the growing event will feature a variety of music styles plus food, games, rides, a cash giveaway and even an old-timey candidate speaking. They will also have a 5K run during […]

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Tax assessor reminds homeowners to check on homestead exemption status

The Union County Tax assessor’s office is now accepting applications for homestead exemptions and personal property renditions for the 2015 land roll. A change has been made in the Homestead Exemption law designed to benefit disabled veterans. Thanks to House Bill 1165 passed last year, any disabled veteran whose disability is 100 percent and directly […]

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Union County jobless rate continues upward climb but still among lowest

 Union County’s unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, more than half a percentage point above December’s 5.8 percent rate. Despite the increase, the county still moved one place better in the statewide ratings from 10th-lowest to ninth-lowest this month. In a trend that has continued for the past few months, only one county in […]

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County Agent Stanley Wise to retire at end of April

Union County Extension County Director Stanley Wise will retire April 30 after 30 years’ service – almost exactly half of that time in Union County. “It was a lot tougher to come in and say than I thought it would be,” he said, after informing the Union County Board of Supervisors, but agreed with retiring […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Sorting the music CDs

This column is reprinted from the June 9, 2010, Gazette. Unpacking our CDs the other day was a lesson in generational differences. We’ve got a couple hundred and I had asked Joe, our son, to sort them by genre and then put them onto shelves. Soon, he was asking lots of questions. He was unpacking […]

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