Wise retires as extension director

After 28 years of work, Stanley Wise is officially retired. He worked in Lafayette County for one year, Quitman County for two years, Alcorn County for 10 years, ad he spent the last 15 years working as the Union County Extension Agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. A retirement reception was held Monday […]

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Local Boys & Girls Club director receives state honor

After only being in his position for approximately six months, Boys and Girls Club of New Albany Unit Director Marquel Conner won the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi 2014 Full-Time Professional of the Year award. Conner was awarded this honor recently at the all-state training conference in Tupelo. “I was shocked to receive […]

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Graduation or dinner?

Here in New Albany we take great pride in our public schools and in our students and their accomplishments. One of the ways we recognize those accomplishments is the annual high school graduation ceremony. We are a close-knit community and each year many of our residents turn out to support a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, […]

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County moves ahead on three improvement projects

The Union County Board of Supervisors moved ahead on three major projects involving nearly $5 million this week: one related to industrial development and two connected to the county road system. No one was present to object at a public hearing concerning the application for a Community Development Block Grant of up to $1.5 million […]

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Charitable giving

The amount of money distributed this year by the United Way of Northeast Mississippi to agencies that serve Union County was a pleasant surprise. The United Way distributed $90,704 to 27 agencies, which is 50 percent more than the $60,525 last year. Last year was a low point in recent memory; the year before $77,405 […]

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It’s time for the memories

Our son Joe is shopping for a watch. Yes, he still wears one, even though he’s part of the generation that has mostly forsaken watches in favor of just keeping a smart phone in one hand much of the time. But he keeps his cell phone in his front pants or shorts pocket, sort of […]

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Stephens named UCDA Citizen of the Year at annual meeting

Anne Stephens was named 2015 UCDA Citizen of the Year at the association’s annual membership banquet Monday night. This is the second year for the award, determined from a list of nominees by Union County Development Association members and voted on secretly. “The vote was overwhelming,” Dr. Tommy Barkley, board member and award presenter, said. […]

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Work under way on Tanglefoot bridge over Main Street

  Workers removed the handrails on the former railroad bridge along Tanglefoot Trail and over Main Street Monday in preparation for removal of the old bridge. The middle white circle in the foreground shows where the north end of the new 120-foot bridge will rest; the south end will be near where the workman is […]

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Accepting grants on behalf of their organizations were, from left, Nancy Meacham, Union County Literacy Council; Cindy Whiteside, Union County Library System; Evelyn Mason, Tallahatchie River Players; Joyce Sumners, New Albany-Union County Symphony League; Jennifer Cobb, Pilot Club; Vickie Duke, New Albany Main Street Association; Sally Zemek, Lighthouse Enrichment Center and Union County Good Samaritans; Tammy Thomas, Junior Auxiliary of New Albany; Billye Jean Stroud, Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi; Mary Hargrove, Agape Health Services; the Rev. Bill Everett, First Choice Center for Women; Phil Nanney, New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults and Union County Development Association; Jack Dalton, Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum; and Patrick James, Union County Master Gardeners.

  The UNITE Foundation, which helps fund community improvement projects, presented grants totaling more than $20,000 to 16 local organizations Thursday. UNITE, which stands for Union County-New Albany Initiative to Excel, was founded and operates as a subsidiary of the CREATE Foundation, which manages endowment funds for the organization. CREATE offered a challenge grant that […]

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Number of unemployed Union Countians continues to drop

Union County’s unemployment rate for March continued its downward trend, dropping from 5.5 percent in February to the current 4.9 percent. As was the case for February, the county maintains the eighth-lowest jobless rate in the state. Union County also remains among the three lowest in the north half of the state. DeSoto County, near […]

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