The first day

 With our country in the grip of economic turmoil and at war in two different places at the same time, Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday and began his tenure as America’s 44th president. Now comes the “hundred day watch.”    Ever Since Franklin Roosevelt pushed through sweeping reforms and new government programs […]

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Litterbugs trashing roads throughout Union County

After making major inroads toward a goal of a litter-free New Albany and Union County, the recent rains have washed up trash, particularly on county roads, that either was missed this past summer or has been contributed by inconsiderate motorists during the fall and so far this winter season.     Fast food hamburger wrappers and […]

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Which is it gonna be, highways or cake?

  I failed to pay as much attention as I should have when a lot of the material about the history of Europe was being covered, so I have less than a working knowledge of the events of over there that ultimately influenced things over here. As a result of that inattention in school, as […]

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Highway money coveted by non-profits, developers

Only four days into the year 2009 and 16 days before a new president is sworn in with a monied plan to salvage our economy, the “Economic Development is everything” people of Northeast Mississippi have already devised a plan to squeeze more money out of the Federal bailout and position it where only they can […]

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Pig-in-the-poke may turn out as no pig at all

It’s hard to believe, but here we are, once again, $80,000 later, still enduring presentations from planning consultants about a comprehensive plan,. This time it was for Union County, but as usual, the report isn’t finished and the consultants are still “asking for our input.” According to consultant Sam Russell, “I am about done with […]

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Buying locally supports and strengthens our local economy

Leakage is a term freely used by Chamber of Commerce types to describe the amount of money that “leaks” from our market into surrounding markets and benefits their economy, but not ours. Measuring leakage is difficult, but not impossible, because some of it can be easily identified. As we start our a new year, our […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

At the end of one year and the start of another, many of us will renew our commitment to living with daily affirmations. We strive to know the power of affirming our truths, over and over, everyday!      While these may not suit everyone’s taste, here are some “possible” affirmations to consider!      1. As […]

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Having started in 2008, will continue in 2009

 As I attempt to review everything that happened during the year 2008, both personally and with the newspaper, I am almost overwhelmed. Lots of things have taken place, some good, some not so good, but all-in-all, when you put them together, they form a pretty dad-gummed good year.      With no apologies to some certain […]

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Davis wedding reception to be held Jan. 31

John and Linda Davis are proud to announce the wedding of their daughter Jennifer Lynn Davis to Joseph Scott Clayton, the son of Larry Clayton and Sheila Ford. The wedding took place on January 2, 2009 at 2 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn. The reception will be held at Harmony Baptist Church on January 31, 2009 […]

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Donie P. Rakestraw

Donie P. Rakestraw will celebrate her 100th birthday on February 14, 2009. She is the daughter of Melinda and Zack Pickens. Rakestarw was born February 14, 1909, still lives at home by herself and enjoys crocheting and cooking Sunday dinner. She has outlived all 10 of her brothers and sisters, her two children and husband. […]

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County to receive $300k reimbursement for bridge project

Union County will be reimbursed $343,100 for a Local System Bridge Program (LSBP) project that was completed in April 2008. This is for  LSBP projects 73-15, which had two bridges put across Sand Creek and Okannatie Creek on County Road 108, which are in district three. Union County Engineer Hubert Foley said, “The available funds […]

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New Albany firefighters prepare for the real thing at local training facility

The 9-1-1 distress call, the smell of smoke, the heat of flames, the weight of the 75-pound turnout gear, and the blood and adrenaline coursing through veins, is only some of what firemen experience every time they answer a call to extinguish a fire. Firefighters at the New Albany Fire Department fight fires on a […]

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Coker wins 2009 Union County Spelling Bee

After going five rounds against 24 other competitors in the Union County Spelling Bee Monday evening, East Union 7th Grader Carol Coker spelled the winning word “pistachio,” beating out 2nd place winner, West Union 7th grader Ben Neal. Coker will now go on to compete in the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis, Tenn. in March […]

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“Is this the Dream?”

Union County residents who attended Saturday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. service in the Union County Courthouse came away with a determination to decide for themselves if his “Dream” has become a reality. “Is this the dream?” Sister Juanita Floyd, a graduate of East Union Attendance Center and local community leader.  “You be the judge.” Floyd […]

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