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Union County jobless rate continues upward climb but still among lowest

 Union County’s unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, more than half a percentage point above December’s 5.8 percent rate. Despite the increase, the county still moved one place better in the statewide ratings from 10th-lowest to ninth-lowest this month. In a trend that has continued for the past few months, only one county in […]

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County Agent Stanley Wise to retire at end of April

Union County Extension County Director Stanley Wise will retire April 30 after 30 years’ service – almost exactly half of that time in Union County. “It was a lot tougher to come in and say than I thought it would be,” he said, after informing the Union County Board of Supervisors, but agreed with retiring […]

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FAA reviewing airport plan to increase runway length

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a proposal that would eventually lead to almost doubling the length of the New Albany-Union County Airport runway. If approved, when the project is completed it could attract air and business traffic from other North Mississippi airports, help Toyota and other suppliers and even bring more revenue through private […]

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Renovation of Extension Office to present some logistics problems

The Union County Board of Supervisors approved a bid this past week to renovate and extend the office of the MSU Extension Service at the fairgrounds, which is now presenting a logistics problem. Work is planned to be so extensive that the staff and all of the contents will have to be moved out during […]

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Giant pieces of former electric power station to move through part of city again

Those who regularly travel on Hwy. 30 E. from the Locust Grove area into New Albany and down Highland Avenue may want to consider a different route over the next several days. Barnhart Crane and Rigging of Memphis is preparing to remove the remaining turbines and generators from the former Enron electric power generating plant […]

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No decision yet on museum expansion bids

The board of directors of the Union County Historical Society have not reached a decision concerning bids submitted Feb. 24 for the planned $1.6-million expansion of the Union County Heritage Museum. Museum Director Jill Smith said the board did meet Monday, but is still waiting to hear from architect William Mills, who was to talk […]

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Election laws have quirks, confusing rules

Mississippians have to deal with at least one election cycle each year so most of the procedure should be familiar routine. But every once in a while, some new question or quirk comes up. This year, for instance, many people found out that an elected office exists here for which a person may qualify and […]

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Pirkle joins race for House seat left vacant by Nunnelee’s death

So far, 10 candidates including one with Union County ties have entered the race to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Two more weeks remain in the qualifying period with a March 27 deadline. Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, died on Feb. 6 from cancer. The local candidate is attorney Greg Pirkle. Although […]

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Union County man to serve five years for child exploitation

Staff reports A Union County resident is going to prison for child exploitation, Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesdsay. Marvin Lloyd Lemar, 25, of Myrtle entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography before Circuit Court Judge John Gregory that same day. As a result, Lemar was sentenced to 40 years in prison with […]

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County makes near-record meth bust

    The Union County Sheriff’s Department Friday seized what was called one of the largest amounts of pure “ice” or crystal methamphetamine in anyone’s memory. Four individuals were taken into custody and more than $1,000 in cash was seized as well. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the drug seized weighted 44 grams and, when cut, […]

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