Library faces financial crisis

Dwindling funds in recent years, matched with an increase in operating costs, has brought the Union County Library System to a state of near-crisis. Kay Sappington, director of the library system that includes both the Jennie Stephens Smith Library in New Albany and the Myrtle Library, said the situation has come to the point where […]

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MDA representative offers help to local community leaders during breakfast

The Mississippi Development Authority may be situated in Jackson but help for starting or growing industries is closer than that, as those attending the Union County Development Association CEO and GM breakfast learned Thursday. The speaker was Vaunita Sullivan Martin, of Eggville, who is the Regional Director for the MDA. Her office is in Tupelo. […]

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McBrayer talks to students about heart health

By Angie Barmer  This February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, according to the American Heart Association. The designation is aimed at increasing awareness that heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, claiming more lives than an all forms of cancer combined. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac […]

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Youngsters get first-hand look at how part of community functions

New Albany Elementary School kindergarten students got a behind-the-scenes look at how various local public services function as part of Community Day Friday. The students went on a walking tour of the downtown area visiting locations such as City Hall, the police department, UCDA, courthouse, First United Methodist Church and getting an up-close look at […]

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Camp Smiles to host town hall on autism, special needs

By Angie Barmer Camp Smiles will be hosting a town hall meeting and symposium on Children’s Educational Challenges series. Camp Smiles is a part of the SMILE (Serving Mentoring Inspiring Loving Encouraging) initiative, which is a special project under the CREATE Foundation. At this event, speakers will talk about autism and other special needs. Twila […]

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Pilot Club Snowflake Ball set for March 1

By Angie Barmer It’s time again for fathers and daughters to dress up and go out for a special evening together at the Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball. The fourth annual Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball is sponsored by the Pilot Club of New Albany, will offer an evening of music, dancing, food, magic, and more for the father/daughter […]

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East Union students look inside traveling planetarium

By Angie Barmer Fifth to eighth graders at East Union Attendance Center got the chance to travel to another world and experience life outside our own when a traveling planetarium came to visit the school on Friday. The University of Mississippi Graduate Student Whitney Jackson from The University of Mississippi’s Center for Math and Science […]

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Ninth-graders reverse gender roles in vocations on Non-Traditional Day

New Albany ninth-graders got an opportunity to experience gender-reversal – as least as far as traditionally-perceived vocations are involved – during the ninth annual Non-Traditional Day held at the Career and Technical Center. Christy Paul of student services said the goal is increase enrollment by males in classes generally considered to be more female-oriented, and […]

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Toyota grant offers health careers course

While there may be a growing need for health care professional in a variety of medical fields, students are finding it challenging to choose and enter one. Often, they don’t know what preparation is required, whether the career will meet their expectations, or perhaps what the specific career even consists of. Thanks to a grant […]

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Upgrade the library

Our Union County Library is having trouble paying its bills and meeting its payroll. That, to us, is a sad situation for an institution that is one of the most important assets of any community. We think you can generally get a pretty good idea of a community and its values by the vitality of […]

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