Basil, Hartfield in runoff for superintendent race

Ken Basil, incumbent in the race for Union County Superintendent, will face Dr. Loretta Hartfield in a runoff of the Democratic Party on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Basil, who nears the end of his second term in the office, received 1,918 votes in Tuesday’s primary, or 46 percent, while Dr. Hartfield received 1,172 votes, or 28 […]

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Open 3rd and 5th District supervisor seats will need run-off; two incumbents eliminated

Regardless of any other outcome, it was clear that Union County would have at least two new supervisors next year with longtime Third District Supervisor Danny Jordan and Fifth District Supervisor Benny Rakestraw announcing their retirement. Neither race will be decided until the Nov. 3 general election but having such large numbers of candidates has […]

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Union sheriff Edwards gets clear victory over predecessor Wilhite

Incumbent sheriff Jimmy Edwards won the Democratic primary Tuesday and will face Republican Greg Elder in the Nov. 3 general election. Elder was unopposed in the Republican primary. Edwards received 4,418 votes for 70.2 percent in contrast to Wilhite’s 1,861 votes, or 29.6 percent. The race received a lot of attention because an incumbent sheriff […]

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MSU president gets school year off to rousing start for NA teachers, staff

One might think of the New Albany schools professional development program Monday morning as a sort of pep rally for educators. If that is accurate, the main cheerleader was well chosen in Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University and a strong advocate for better education. Speaking to the auditorium full of teachers and […]

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Courthouse repair work produces unwelcome surprise

Union County Supervisors got good news and bad news concerning repairs to the historic Union County Courthouse this week. The bad news was that the top part of the cupola, the smallest set of poles and dome on which the eagle is supported, is in worse condition than anyone imagined. The good news is that, […]

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Hospital back-to-school health fair Saturday will offer health screening, school supplies, information

Baptist Union County hosts Back-to-School Health Fair   Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will host a free back-to-school health fair on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s front lobby. The event will feature a host of free health screenings, health tips, safety information, a teddy bear clinic, school supplies giveaways, plus […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats to showcase local art, food and music Friday

Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of art, music and food Friday, Aug. 7, at Arts, Beats, & Eats, an award-winning event receiving “Best Art Event” by the Mississippi Main Street Association. The event will be at In Bloom’s event hall from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown New Albany. Arts, Beats & Eats […]

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‘Hee Haw’ returning to Cine Theatre Aug. 13-15

Tickets are on sale for the annual “Hee Haw” show to benefit The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Shows will be Aug. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 and available at the New Albany Main Street Association office or by calling 534-3438. The box office will be open one hour before […]

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Motorists urged to be extra-cautious with start of school

School buses are the safest form of highway transportation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Our main concern is always safety,” said Lecia Stubblefield, Director of Transportation for the New Albany School District.  “We maintain our buses to a superior condition and our drivers are trained annually in safety.” The New Albany School District […]

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River Players to hold auditions for winning play in Faulkner writing contest

The Tallahatchie River Players will hold auditions for the one-act play winner from the 2014 William Faulkner Literary Contest Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9, in the Magnolia Room (beside the theater) at the Magnolia Civic Center at 2 p.m. There are three roles: one male and one female in their late teens or early 20s, and […]

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