Well-being of children

The folks who run the Holiday Inns used to advertise that the best surprise is no surprise. If that were true, we would be in luck here in Mississippi when it comes to the well-being of children and families. Again this year the state ranks 50th among the states in the annual Kids Count survey […]

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Work begun on welcome center for Tanglefoot Plaza, Trail

Construction is under way to renovate the rear section of the old Bank of New Albany building (more recently, Van-Atkins), which will serve as a welcome center for visitors to Tanglefoot Trail. Laura Dunnam is overseeing the project for her father, Dr. John Goudelock, who owns the building. The city is leasing the space, which […]

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The Union County Sheriff’s Department completed its annual compliance check of registered sex offenders in the county this week. Anyone convicted of one of a variety of sexually-related crimes must register his or her whereabouts with the state and update that information if her or she moves. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Union County has 49 […]

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Carnival worker faces enhanced drug charges

County law enforcement officers are still trying to determine whether there is more than meets the eye in connection with a stop they made Sunday night that netted drugs, guns and cash. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the incident began when one of his deputies was just starting his shift Sunday evening and getting gasoline at […]

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Voters need to make address changes by Saturday if they plan to vote in Aug. 4 primaries

Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said her office will be open this Saturday, July 25, for the convenience of qualified absentee voters who want to cast ballots in one of the two Aug. 4 party primaries. Stanford added that anyone who has changed his or her address since voting, or made other pertinent changes, needs to […]

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Number of unemployed Union Countians up slightly and workforce grows

Union County’s unemployment rate for June was up slightly – but also up was the size of the workforce. The county reported 5.3 percent unemployment for June, an increase from the lower 4.5 percent a couple of months ago. Even with that increase, Union County moved up from eighth-lowest jobless in the state to sixth-lowest. […]

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Local artist Katherine Dye talks about new book

New Albany artist – and now author – Katherine Dye was the guest at Luncheon with Books this month, talking about her book of life lessons based alphabetical scripture verses she first learned in the fourth grade. Dye is well known as an artist, particularly for her prints of the city’s old railroad depots and […]

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Supervisors take up mostly housekeeping measures

Reflecting the low level of activity in the community under the hottest temperatures of the year, Union County supervisors had a brief weekly meeting Monday with mostly routine matters. Housekeeping included approving deletion from inventory of a label maker and scanner in the circuit clerk’s office, along with approval to pay for a court appeal. […]

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Honoring Beasley

The proposal to rename Baker Street on the city’s east side to honor former Ward Three Alderman Tommie Beasley is ill-advised and should not be brought back before the Board of Aldermen. The proposal has created controversy among some residents on the street who have pointed out that the Baker home became the first black […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Cameras, film and typewriters

Sometimes we don’t notice how much technology has changed in just a few years until something draws it to our attention. That was the case Friday when Kagan Doom, the Gazette’s graphics designer, came out of a back room at the newspaper carrying a camera he had found on a shelf there. It was a […]

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