Campaign kicks off

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi has kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign by setting a goal of $2,425,000, which is $25,000 more than last year’s goal. The campaign got a quiet start this year as the United Way helped distribute school supplies and backpacks to children throughout the region. In Union County, that has […]

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CREATE to host career readiness community forums

CREATE’s Toyota Wellspring Advisory Committee will host a community forum in New Albany next week to discuss the need for improvement in K-12 career awareness and readiness in public schools. The forum, set for 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Magnolia Civic Center, will be one of three to be held in Union, Pontotoc and […]

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DUI campaign starts Friday

Law enforcement officers from six counties were in New Albany Thursday to emphasize the danger of drinking and driving. The event at Taylor’s Restaurant was the formal kickoff of this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI campaign, hosted by the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. The program begins Friday, Aug. 15, and ends […]

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County discusses industrial buildings, DUI grant

A lack of available industrial buildings has been cited as an obstacle in the community’s effort to recruit new companies, but that situation may have improved slightly this week. Industrial Developer Josh West, who represents Union, Pontotoc and Chickasaw counties, told Union County supervisors that the owners of the former Hell Creek Industries millwork plant […]

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August Museum Moments featuresformer Union Countian andbook of Gazette columns

Maxine Mroz Hunter, Union County native now living in Bartlett, Tenn., has recently published a book of human interest columns that she wrote from 1987 through 2002 for the New Albany Gazette.  She will be featured at the next Museum Moments on Thursday, Aug. 21, at noon at the museum. The book, entitled Life Lessons […]

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Hospital health fair

School has begun and that means it is time for the Back to School Health Fair at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. About 1,000 people, including as many has 500 children, are expected to turn out at the hospital from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, for a free health check, dental check, vision screening […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Bladder surgery and a priest

Jenny was prepared for the worst when she was wheeled into her room after bladder surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford and was met by a priest. It must be really bad, she thought, if the Rev. Paul Stephens had driven all the way from Tupelo on Friday to be there when she came […]

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Literary showcase

A fourth annual Tallahatchie RiverFest Community Luncheon is approaching and tickets have gone on sale for this event, which will be held Friday, Sept. 26. The kickoff luncheon was begun three years ago to help boost the literary aspects of RiverFest to the forefront by putting more emphasis on the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which […]

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Chickens and beer see no action at August NA aldermen’s meeting

There was hardly any chicken and no beer at all at the monthly New Albany aldermen’s meeting Tuesday – at least in terms of discussion concerning the agenda. What were likely two of the most-anticipated topics were the questions of whether to allow beer and light wine sales at public special events in the city […]

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Aldermen order five more condemned houses torn down

Efforts to rid the city of houses that have been abandoned, present health hazards or are generally unfit for human use are continuing as New Albany aldermen voted to demolish five more structures and set another five for public hearings next month. “There was not so much controversy,” Mayor Tim Kent said, at least partly […]

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Brad Martin

Etta man faces seven counts of sexual battery

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Etta man Monday, charging him with seven counts of sexual battery. Brad Martin, 36, of 2046 State Hwy. 30 West, remained in custody with bond set at $350,000 during Monday’s initial appearance. Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the bond was so high because of the potential severity of a sentence upon conviction. […]

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Jerry Martize Mason

Man attempts to take car at knifepoint

A Memphis man was in Union County Jail Wednesday, accused of trying to take a car at knifepoint. Jerry Martize Mason, 40, is charged with attempted armed robbery and his bond was set at $50,000. Police investigator Jeff Chism said the incident happened about 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Kangaroo on Hwy. 15 South. According […]

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Marty Clay Holley

Arrest ends string of dollar store burglaries

Three Northeast Mississippi men were jailed here this week, possibly ending a spree of burglaries that occurred in three Mississippi counties and one on Tennessee. “There may be even more that we don’t know about,” Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said. “That’s why we hope people will read this because the news can be a good tool.” […]

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Graceland collect school supplies

Personal care residents donate school supplies

Residents at New Albany Health and Rehab collected and packed school supplies to donate to New Albany Elementary School for the benefit of needy first-grade students starting next week. Accepting, left, is New Albany Elementary Principal Jamey Wright. Seated, from left, are residents Christine Bates, Lornene Catt and Doris Brogdon. Standing is Haley Brown, associate […]

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