Toyota USA Foundation awards Mississippi career education grant

Mississippi is one of three states that will share a $1.5 million grant to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and manufacturing careers. The three-year long project is designed to engage students underrepresented in STEM and manufacturing, with a long-term goal of higher graduation rates and a more educated, skilled, diverse, […]

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Supreme Court rules Browning ineligible to run for Union County school superintendent

Although his name will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, any votes cast for Roger Browning as Union County Superintendent of Education will not count. The Supreme Court of Mississippi Thursday ruled that Browning is ineligible to be a candidate because he is not a resident of the county school district. Browning had been qualified […]

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Flagging support

It is inevitable, of course. Mississippians will change our state flag to make it more acceptable to all our citizens. It won’t happen overnight. It might not happen in the coming year or two, but it will happen as old attitudes fade and new, more progressive attitudes prevail. The current state flag, which contains the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Reunited with a lost wallet

It was Friday afternoon and I was busy typing material into my office computer for the upcoming issue of New Albany magazine. The phone rang. “I’m trying to reach T. Wayne Mitchell,” said a woman, whose voice I didn’t recognize. “Uh-oh, what can this be about?” I thought, as I replied, “This is he.” “I […]

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MDOT plans to resurface Bankhead Street in next two years

The official designation of Hwy. 78 as Interstate 22 was not the only good travel-related news New Albany residents received Friday. Following the I-22 ceremony, Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert confirmed that the Mississippi Department of Transportation has scheduled resurfacing of Bankhead Street inside the city limits. “It’s scheduled for 2017 but if things […]

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Hwy. 78 officially becomes Interstate 22

New Albany and Union County got another economic boost Friday with the official designation of Hwy. 78 as Interstate 22. This marks the culmination of nearly 40 years’ highway improvements along the corridor between Memphis and Birmingham. Although Hwy. 78 has almost continually been upgraded over the years, economic development officials have repeatedly preached the […]

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Judge Talmadge Littlejohn, 80, dies suddenly

Longtime New Albany attorney and judge Talmadge Littlejohn, 80, died suddenly Monday night at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. A New Harmony native, Littlejohn was student body president at Mississippi College and received his law degree from the University of Mississippi where he was attorney general of the student body and president of the Ole Miss […]

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Move that hour hand back Sunday

Days will suddenly be getting dark an hour earlier Sunday with the end of Daylight Saving Time. The summer time shift officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when everyone is asked to reset clocks backwards, repeating one hour. The motto to help remember how to reset clocks is “Spring forward, fall back,” established before the […]

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Saturday is absentee voting deadline

Noon this Saturday, Oct. 31, is the deadline to cast an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Union County Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford will have her office open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for the convenience of qualified absentee voters who are unable to cast ballots during regular weekly office hours. In […]

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Police chief urges caution, common sense while trick-or-treating

This Saturday is Halloween and Police Chief Chris Robertson is urging parents to keep an eye on their young trick-or-treaters. With a weather forecast predicting 80 percent probability of rain, Robertson said that any sort of mischief and even trick-or-treating may be at a minimum. “If children are able to participate they should be accompanied […]

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