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House demolished to make way for museum expansion

The first practical step toward the Union County Heritage Museum’s planned $1.6-million expansion was taken this past Friday with the demolition of the blue house behind the museum. The house, owned by the historical society, had been used for storage mostly. Most of the addition to the museum will be in the space where the […]

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Freedom Fest on for Saturday with plenty of entertainment and politics

The 2015 Freedom Fest is scheduled to go on Saturday, rain or shine, but organizers have adjusted plans because of the threat of precipitation. “We just want to bring the community together to celebrate our freedom and be more patriotic,” Sue Morrisson, one of the organizers said. “And there’s no reason we can’t have fun, […]

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Absentee voting for August party primaries starts Monday

It’s been almost five months since qualifying began for local, district and state elections ranging from constable all the way to governor. It’s also about four more months until the actual general election in November but campaigning should begin to heat up with the beginning of absentee voting Monday for the August party primaries. On […]

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Number of unemployed Union Countians continues to drop

Union County’s unemployment rate for April continued its downward trend, dropping from 4.9 percent in March to the current 4.5 percent. The state rate continued to drop also, so Union County remains eight-lowest in the state in unemployment, a position it has held for several months. In another trend, Union County also remains among the […]

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Oxford Road closed for bridge replacement

The east end of Oxford Road, near the West Bankhead intersection, was closed Monday as workers began to remove an old bridge in preparation for replacing it with a new one. The old bridge had been rated unsafe for buses and, particularly, ambulances, which limited access to the new BMH-Union County to only Coulter Drive […]

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Local development company purchases former Futorian-Stratford complex

It looks like the former Futorian furniture plant, nearly abandoned in recent years, may rise again, Phoenix-like, to again become a part of the area’s industrial community. The property was recently purchased by New Albany Acquisitions, LLC, which has plans to rehabilitate the property extensively. The plant was originally the Futorian-Stratford Furniture Company, later becoming […]

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Freedom Festival to offer variety of musical entertainment, fireworks and opportunity to hear from candidates

Even though a chance of rain is forecast, temperatures are expected to be considerably cooler for the Union County FreedomFest planned this weekend. The patriotically-themed event will return to the lawn of the historic Union County Courthouse and, because of the election year and number of races, will include a traditional political speaking. This part […]

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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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