First spring grand jury indictments released

The 2015 Union County Grand Jury was empanelled March 30 and heard 153 cases presented over two days. Grand jury proceedings and indictment remain secret until defendants are served with the appropriate paperwork notifying them of the indictments. This past week a few of the indictments have been served and information about them released. In […]

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New physician joins Women’s Clinic of New Albany

New Albany is welcoming a new physician, Dr. Robert E. Barnett. Dr. Barnett specializes in OB/GYN and is joining The Women’s Clinic of New Albany with Dr. David Williams. He was recruited by Baptist Memorial Hospital because the facility handles enough live births annually to justify two more doctors in that field. Dr. Bill Johnson […]

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Houston man charged with local equipment thefts; chief warns about ID theft, home repair scams

A Houston man is in custody in Chickasaw County, accused of taking a variety of equipment from New Albany. Police Investigator James “Bing” Wildman said police received a report March 26 that someone had cut a lock and stolen a five by 10 foot trailer with drop deck from Tractor Supply Co. at 112 Virginia […]

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Wellspring Fund provides camp scholarships

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties again will have the chance to attend one of several academic summer camps free of charge. The CREATE Foundation’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund will sponsor scholarships for rising seventh- to 12th-grade students in public schools in those three counties to attend […]

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Allen stepping down as NEMCC president

At the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting this month, Northeast Mississippi Community College president Dr. Johnny L. Allen asked for and received support from the Board to retire from service to the college effective June 30, 2015. Allen, 60, was named the ninth president of Northeast in 2004.  Previously he served as vice-president of […]

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Downtown on Saturday

The New Albany Main Street Association has again come up with a new event to encourage more people to stroll and shop downtown. This Saturday, April 18, the association will sponsor something called Live @ Noon, a musical performance on the Trailhead Plaza across from City Hall. Singer-songwriter Tatum Shappley, a native of Ripley, who […]

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A good excuse for sneaking out

Jenny and I were a little embarrassed, sneaking out before the end of the Rotary Club’s charity auction Friday night, but we had a pretty good excuse. I already had told Billy Wiseman when he invited us to attend that we probably wouldn’t be bidding on much because we already had too much stuff for […]

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VIP Cinema Seating doubling capacity

Staff reports VIP Cinema Seating, which calls itself the world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating, this past week announced a major production expansion that will double the company’s manufacturing capacity. According to the announcement, the move came in response to growing customer demand. “When VIP introduced the concept of luxury reclining seating to the […]

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Power surge shuts down county offices Monday

A power outage disabled all the county buildings on the courthouse square Monday just before the Board of Supervisors was to meet. It appeared that a neutral conductor broke or burned in two and possible contacted a transformer, sending a huge voltage surge through all the electrical systems in the buildings. Early fears were that […]

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Union County jobless rate improves in February

Union County’s unemployment rate for February dropped nearly a percentage point in February, from 6.4 percent in January to 5.5 percent. That’s slightly lower than the December jobless rate and move Union County up to having the eighth-lowest unemployment in the state. Again, only two counties in the north half of the state had lower […]

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