Van-Atkins to open new store in coming weeks

The face of downtown New Albany will change in a few more weeks with the opening of the new Van-Atkins Jewelers store. Owner Chuck Cooper is moving from the former Bank of New Albany building next to the Tanglefoot Trail Plaza to the building occupied by Winders Hardware for many years and, more lately, Tallahatchie […]

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More sentences released from recent circuit court session

The Union County Circuit Clerk’s office has released more indictments returned by the Union County grand jury this past month. The grand jury returned 119 true bills of indictment, several of which have been published so far and several of which were involved in the large drug sweep two weeks ago. Newly released indictments include: […]

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Sheriff’s department canine to receive bullet-proof vest

Dutch, the Union County Sheriff’s Department K9 dog, will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a grant from a nationwide Groupon event that has raised more than $335,000. The “Occasions” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vests ran Feb. 15 though March 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST. […]

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Job fair draws more than 350 hopefuls

Organizers of the Union County Job Fair held Wednesday were hoping at least 100 potential employees would show up. They had that many in the first 20 minutes the event was underway and ended up with 350 or more by the end of the five-hour fair. “I am thoroughly pleased with the entire event,” Union […]

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Doing right things right

Two events this week reminded us of the effective and important work two local nonprofit agencies do on shoestring budgets and without much fanfare. The Holiday Open House downtown Sunday and the Union County Job Fair Wednesday were both extremely successful. The Holiday Open House is one of the events sponsored by the New Albany […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Siri, why won’t you talk?

How do I get that woman to talk to me?” was the question. Jenny’s father was on the phone from her parents’ home in northern Kentucky and he thought Jenny would know the answer. “That woman” was Siri, the often annoying “assistant” that had fascinated him a year ago when Jenny demonstrated the voice-recognition feature […]

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Sales tax cheating

Nothing gets our dander up faster than a story about businesses failing to pay their state sales tax. A story this week by Emily Le Coz in The Clarion-Ledger was about a Jackson restaurant owner charged with felony tax evasion in what state revenue officials call a growing epidemic of sales tax evasion that cost […]

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Jamie McCullough and Jesse Keller tackle the Hatley runner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Injuries and inconsistency plague Urchins

BY DENNIS CLAYTON Coach Scott Duley stated in the preseason that for his 2014 East Union team to be successful they needed to avoid injuries and play with consistency. Unfortunately the Urchins were hit with a rash of injuries that shelved nearly a dozen starters. East Union failed to jell as unit until late in […]

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UCDA’s Job Fair

Union County is blessed with a relatively low rate of unemployment, but that does not mean that we do not have people seeking jobs or seeking better jobs than they have. Next Wednesday those seeking a job, or a better job, will have an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen employers in the region […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Halloween a parade of life

My stocking cap was pulled down over my ears and my winter quilted bubble coat was zipped up tight against the howling wind. Jenny was bundled up in a hooded sweatshirt with a jacket over that. We were sitting in lawn chairs out on our driveway, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. “Why does it have […]

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Open house downtown

Downtown has been decked out in holiday wreaths and that means one of the area’s most successful events is coming up this Sunday. The New Albany Main Street Association’s annual Holiday Open House will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday About 3,000 people are expected to turn out to see the holiday […]

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Election on Tuesday

Normally we wouldn’t think it was necessary to remind you that we’re having an election next Tuesday. But this year’s general election has been so lackluster that we don’t think it is top of mind for most of us. We do have three offices to decide on Tuesday, as well as a proposed constitutional amendment […]

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Have a safe Halloween

Halloween is upon us, and this Friday several thousand children are expected to be out and about in our county enjoying the opportunity to Trick or Treat. We’re not one to put down the idea of children celebrating Halloween by canvassing neighborhoods looking for treats. Nor do we think it has anything to do with […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Pasta bowls and a bloodied knee

I fell down some steps Friday, got skinned up and bloodied my knee. It’s the internet’s fault. At least that’s where I’m placing the blame. It all started a couple of months ago when we got an invitation to a wedding shower for one of Jenny’s good friends who is a teacher. Jenny decided she […]

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