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Wilhite running for sheriff again

What was arguably the most-watched race in county elections in 2011 was for sheriff. That could be the case again. Monday, former sheriff Tommy Wilhite qualified to run for the office, challenging incumbent Jimmy Edwards. Four years ago Democrat Edwards defeated Jim Taylor running as a Republican, getting 69 percent of the vote. But the […]

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County to upgrade E-911 system

The Union County Board of Supervisors Monday voted unanimously to approved a needed upgrade to the county’s E-911 emergency telephone system. Supervisors decided to purchase the new equipment rather than lease it, as has been done for the past 20-odd years of Union County 911’s existence. This means the county will own the equipment in […]

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Arrest ends burglary spree but recovered items need to be identified

An arrest Friday by the Union County Sheriff’s Department has led to the solving of at least a dozen Northeast Mississippi residential burglaries although, somewhat ironically, none apparently occurred in Union County. Now, Sheriff Jimmy Edwards and officers are trying to find out who the recovered stolen items – valued at possibly $10,000 or more […]

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Urchins name Walton as new football coach

Kevin Walton has been named head football coach at East Union, succeeding Scott Duley who stepped down to devote more time to family. The Union County School board approved the hire in their meeting on Monday night. Union County Superintendent Ken Basil said, “Coach Walton has done an excellent job in our system…he has had […]

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Rite-Aid burglary may be tied to string of similar break-ins

The burglary Monday night of Rite-Aid Pharmacy may be part of a string of break-ins that has attracted the interest of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Fugitive Task Force. What first appeared to be a single burglary – although an unusual type for New Albany – is being possibly linked to one in Pontotoc, […]

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Union County jobless rate up slightly; state still worst in nation

Union County’s unemployment rate for December was 5.8 percent – not quite one-half percentage point up from 5.4 in November. Even with the increase, our county had the 10th-lowest jobless rate in the state, better than 12th place a month ago. The average rate for Mississippi did not fare as well, increasing from 6.4 percent […]

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From left, Jamie Coleman, Julie Eaton, Anita Alef, Kenie Foley and Robin Lindsey.

New Albany schools announce teachers of the year

  The New Albany Municipal Separate School District announced winners of the Teacher of the Year honors this past week for each school and for the entire district. Robin Lindsey is the New Albany High School Teacher of the Year and also District Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching 30 years. She taught […]

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More candidates join Third District supervisor’s race

As expected, the retirement announcement this past week by long-time Fifth District Supervisor Danny Jordan has led to a rash of candidates seeking the post he holds now. Three more residents qualified since this past week, bringing the total to six so far. They are Robert Hogue, David Kent and Roger Tate, joining David Kitchens, […]

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Baptist Memorial Hospital brings new surgeon in

    A new surgeon has joined the staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, but he is far from being a stranger. Dr. Perrin Roten, who will have his practice out of the same office as Dr. H. F. Mason, grew up in Ripley. His father, Dr. Donald Roten, is a long-established dentist there and […]

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‘Mary Poppins’ cast announced for NAHS musical

The cast and crew list had been released for “Mary Poppins,” this year’s New Albany High School musical. New Albany is the first to obtain permission to present the classic play in the entire region and co-director Phil Nanney said it is their largest and most ambitious with a cast and crew of about 150. […]

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