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Wayne Mitchell

‘Fired’ up at Thanksgiving

It was a traditional Thanksgiving for the Mitchell family. For me, that means not a speck of turkey on my plate. And no dishes to do or leftovers, either. Oh, I can eat turkey, especially if it has been brined overnight so the meat stays moist during the baking. But given the choice, I always […]

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Amazing library gift

The Union County Library, which struggles to pay its bills and meet its payroll with its meager funding, has received a surprise gift of $235,000 from former resident Ellaine Platek. Little is known about the Youngtown, Ohio, woman who died earlier this year, except she at one time worked at the Stratford Furniture Plant here […]

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Sheriff’s department to get full complement of trusties to aid in county work

Union County supervisors received some news Monday that can potentially save the county a substantial amount of money as well as improve some services to residents. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said he had talked with Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher, who said he can soon bring the county’s number of jail trusties up to […]

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Union County unemployment up slightly but still among lowest in state

Union County’s jobless rate for October crept up one-tenth of a percentage point for October, from 4.6 in September to 4.7 percent this past month. It had been a lower 4.4 percent in August. With that increase, Union County lost one position in state rankings, moving from having the sixth-lowest jobless rate in the state […]

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Local businessman Herbert Rogers dies

New Albany businessman Herbert Graham Rogers III, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, following a long illness. Rogers was a major figure in local insurance business for nearly 50 years. He had interrupted graduate studies at the University of Mississippi to purchase the Guy M. Houston Insurance Agency, which later became the Rogers Agency. After […]

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Baptist Union County earns Joint Commission accreditation

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County was recently named a Top Performer as part the Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition program. The hospital was named a Top Performer in five categories: heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke, and perinatal care. Hospitals were selected as Top Performers if they had achieved outstanding accountability measure […]

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New Albany postpones Christmas parade

The City of New Albany and Tallahatchie River Players announced Monday morning that the annual Christmas parade, set for 7 p.m., has been postponed. The group met to discuss the status of the parade, considering rainy conditions in the area. The parade is now set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1.  If the current rainy […]

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Union County Library receives $325,000 bequest from former resident

Usually the county library just hopes to have most of its borrowed materials returned, along with a little money for overdue fines, but this week they received something beyond the wildest dreams of library officials. Friday, the Union County Library System received a bequest in the amount of $235,000 from former resident Ellaine Platek. “This […]

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FBI investigating officer-involved incident

The University of Mississippi Police Department has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into an incident during the football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday in which it appears a fan was struck by security personnel. A New Albany police officer not named in the announcement was involved in the incident, along with others. […]

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Supervisors take next step toward Emerald Furniture renovation

The Union County Board of Supervisors met only briefly Monday, but learned some news that could prove a bonus to the community. Former New Albany alderman Jim Owen, who also served as Tippah County administrator, was present and told board members he is the new field representative for U. S. Rep. Trent Kelly. Owen said […]

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