Government offices will close July 3; Gazette will print combined issue next week

All city, county and state governmental offices will close next Friday, July 3, for the legal observance of the July 4 holiday. Most businesses, including the New Albany Gazette, are expected to remain open, however. Because of the holiday, the Gazette will publish only one combined Wednesday-Friday edition that will come out at the usual […]

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County still trying to find solution to likely loss of jail trusties

Union County Supervisors are fighting what appears to be a losing battle to keep state inmates as trusties in the Union County Jail. In the past, trusties who are considered low-risk prisoners have provided services such as garbage collection, outside maintenance, repair work, help in counting election results and setting up and tearing down city […]

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Museum Moments provides information about area families, county history

The monthly Museum Moments program for June was billed as some history of the Berry family, instrumental in the founding of Blue Mountain College. But guest speaker District Court Judge Glen Davidson also provided information on Union County families and connections, the history of our county itself, and the influence of the Chickasaws in his […]

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New subdivision to bring more than 60 new homes

While New Albany’s economy has been showing signs of growth in several areas, new home construction in the city has been nearly at a standstill the past few years. That is likely going to change dramatically following the groundbreaking Wednesday of the Parkview Subdivision. The site, on Bratton Road and across from the Park Place […]

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City schools will not ask for tax increase

City and county governing officials are still in the preliminary stages of working on their 2015-16 budgets but both local school districts have already presented theirs and neither is asking for a tax increase next year. The public hearing for the city school district budget was held Tuesday and only one resident attended, asking some […]

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Fire rating improves

Residents of New Albany have received some good news about the quality of their fire protection and the effect it has on their insurance. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has changed the ratings class for eligible properties within the city to a five from a six classification. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, […]

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Taking a shine to Jenny’s car

Rain started coming down in sheets shortly after our son Joe and I headed to Memphis early Saturday evening to pick up Jenny at the airport. The wind was blowing and it was difficult to see the lane markings on U.S. 78. I slowed to about 40 mph along with the other traffic, but the […]

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Better fire protection rating approved for city

New Albany’s fire protection has improved one classification. City officials received a letter from the state ratings bureau this past week confirming that the city has changed from sixth class to fifth class. The improvement was effective June 4 and applies to eligible properties within the city limits, within five road miles of the city […]

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Barreto case continued but sentences given in child abuse cases

A two-week term of circuit court was expected to wrap up this week after a number of plea submissions and sentences being handed down, but no jury trials. Several cases were tentatively scheduled for trial, including the case of Ramon Barreto, husband of the late Janet Barreto, but all were settled or continued. The Barretos […]

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DHS says county in dire need of foster parents

Most people know that the Department of Human Services intervenes to take custody of children in cases of abuse or neglect, so it might seem counterintuitive to know that their primary goal is the opposite: to keep children in their home or return them as soon as they can. “We want to keep children in […]

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