County school board qualifying period starts today

Wednesday, Aug. 6, begins the 30-day period during which candidates may qualify to run for the Fifth County School District seat on the board of trustees. Qualifying ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The race will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot, along with candidates for the U. S. Senate, House of […]

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Supervisors continue efforts to fund extension office renovation

Union County supervisors took the next step Monday in trying to get funds to renovate the County Extension Office at the fairgrounds. They formally approved the grant application discussed previously seeking $150,000 from the Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Program under the Mississippi Development Authority to help pay for the project. The Extension office […]

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Safety on the roads

School starts Friday in Union County schools and next Monday in the New Albany schools, which means it’s time for all of us to slow down and start paying closer attention to our driving. Many drivers speed in residential areas, often driving 35 to 45 miles per hour in areas where the maximum safe speed […]

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‘Freshen’ the menu? Ugh.

We had just started looking at the menus at our favorite Oxford restaurant when our son Joe said he couldn’t find the jambalaya, his favorite there. I started looking for it. It was gone, except on a little list of daily specials. It was a Friday special; this was Saturday. Then I noticed that the […]

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Workshop looks at making healthier community

By Angie Barmer A two-day Community Livability workshop was held this week that opened many doors of discussion from local people and out of town people about all of the best ways to improve New Albany and make the city a healthy community for all. This workshop was held because of a $20,000 grant that […]

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Our local economy

Two recent items in the news point to the state of the economy in New Albany and Union County. First, our unemployment rate in Union County for June is 6.9 percent, which is the lowest among all the counties in Northeast Mississippi. Lafayette County has historically had the lowest rate. Lafayette’s rate is 7.4 percent. […]

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Police charge babysitter with child abuse

Police have charged a New Albany woman with felony child abuse in what Police Chief Chris Robertson calls one of the most serious cases in his career. Shaka Johnson, 29, of Lot 37, 1102 E. Bankhead St. remained jailed here Wednesday with bond set at $100,000 in the case. Chief Robertson said the incident happened […]

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Officers learn how to deal with life-threatening wounds in dangerous situations

When law enforcement officers sustain life-threatening injuries, it is usually in the form of a penetrating wound – from a knife or other sharp object, or from a gunshot. Often, with such wounds, seconds can literally mean the difference between life and death. Many officers have at least minimal first aid training but few are […]

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Neighbor charged with attempted burglary and assault

A New Albany man is free on $50,000 bond, accused of attempting to break into a neighbor’s apartment and injure her. Charged with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling with intent to assault is Michael Demilio, 45, of 305B Madison St. The victim, who was not identified, lives in the other side of the duplex […]

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Getting ready for kindergarten

  Assistant teacher Katie Vetovitz, first photo, left, helps Candy Hogue register son Mason for the New Albany Elementary School kindergarten program. In the second photo, from left, Ava Vetovitz, Addi Vetovitz and Kylie Gates enjoy refreshments. Teacher Lisa Topper decided to have a “tea” for parents and entering students Wednesday so they could see […]

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