While the retirement of two long-serving county supervisors has drawn attention through the recent party primaries, another county official is also retiring and his tenure may be of more historic significance in some ways than that of a supervisor. East Post Justice Court Judge Ronnie Rakestraw is leaving that role at the end of this […]
If you like corny jokes and foot-stamping music with a family atmosphere, the Magnolia Civic Center may be the place for you this weekend. The Tallahatchie River Players are presenting their annual production of “Hee Haw” to benefit The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Shows will be Aug. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each night. […]
The Union County Board of Supervisors met briefly Monday, handling routine items not likely to produce headlines. The one item out of the ordinary was word from Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam that more counties have committed to have up-to-date aerial photo mapping done, which will reduce the cost to Union County. He did not say […]
New Albany police report drug arrests stemming from two routine traffic stops. Chief Chris Robertson said an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Hwy. 78 the night of July 21. Officers spoke with the driver, William D. White, 38, of Saltillo and formerly of Memphis, and Robertson said he seemed nervous […]
The first round of voting in this year’s state and local elections is over and round two is coming Aug. 25. Although sometimes elections are almost ho-hum and follow a predicted outcome, the balloting Tuesday had a number of twists. Here in Union County, we turned over four of the five slots on the Union […]
Balloting got off to a slow start Tuesday in the Democratic and Republican primaries but the day ended with nearly half of the county’s registered voters participating. By 7 p.m., 47.3 percent of the 16,097 people on the voting rolls had cast their ballots and Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said the counting process went smoothly […]
The county sheriff’s race always draws attention but perhaps even more so this year as the current one-term sheriff Jimmy Edwards was challenged by his predecessor, long-time law enforcement officer Tommy Wilhite. Although most courthouse political observers expected a close race, Edwards kept his job, defeating Wilhite by a 70-to-30 percent majority. Edwards received 4,418 […]
This year’s election was not kind to incumbents who faced opposition, specifically First District Supervisor Dwight “Peanut” Pickens and Second District Supervisor Jimmy Yarbrough. Pickens came in fourth this year with Evan Denton and Bill Hancock garnering the most votes and putting themselves in a run-off. Four years ago Pickens, as the incumbent, bested Hancock […]
This election had an unusually high number of candidates, especially for supervisor with 42 seeking those five offices alone. Of particular interest were the Third and Fifth District seats because long-time incumbents Danny Jordan and Benny Rakestraw, respectively, announced they were retiring after well more than 20 years’ service. In light of those announcements, the […]
This primary year may not have been kind to some local incumbents but state and district officials did very well. Basically, every one of those races saw either an unopposed incumbent or an incumbent who won easily in his or her party (mostly Republican). Union County voters were in line with the state trends, supporting […]
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- Friday Night Lights: Bulldogs felled by second half against Itawamba August 29, 2015
- New four-lane section of Hwy. 45 open September 4, 2015
- College and career night to be held at career and tech center September 4, 2015
- NAHS to hold Senior Parent Night September 4, 2015
- Honoring all who labor September 4, 2015
- City budget hearing met with late funding requests September 4, 2015
- TVA increasing electricity rates about two percent September 4, 2015
- Animal clinic sign conflict may have compromise settlement September 4, 2015
- Supervisors consider closing section of CR 200 September 4, 2015
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