Wayne Mitchell

Taking a shine to Jenny’s car

Rain started coming down in sheets shortly after our son Joe and I headed to Memphis early Saturday evening to pick up Jenny at the airport. The wind was blowing and it was difficult to see the lane markings on U.S. 78. I slowed to about 40 mph along with the other traffic, but the […]

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Better fire protection rating approved for city

New Albany’s fire protection has improved one classification. City officials received a letter from the state ratings bureau this past week confirming that the city has changed from sixth class to fifth class. The improvement was effective June 4 and applies to eligible properties within the city limits, within five road miles of the city […]

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Barreto case continued but sentences given in child abuse cases

A two-week term of circuit court was expected to wrap up this week after a number of plea submissions and sentences being handed down, but no jury trials. Several cases were tentatively scheduled for trial, including the case of Ramon Barreto, husband of the late Janet Barreto, but all were settled or continued. The Barretos […]

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DHS says county in dire need of foster parents

Most people know that the Department of Human Services intervenes to take custody of children in cases of abuse or neglect, so it might seem counterintuitive to know that their primary goal is the opposite: to keep children in their home or return them as soon as they can. “We want to keep children in […]

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Legion members learn importance of palliative care, stroke awareness

Most people are likely now familiar with hospice care and what it entails, partly due to the work of Sanctuary Hospice House. The term “palliative care,” may be new, however. This past week representatives from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County explained the difference in a program presented before the American Legion Post 72, and provided information […]

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Two die in Monday morning wreck near Myrtle

An early morning crash on Hwy. 78 near Myrtle killed two people Monday. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, troopers responded to a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 78 about a mile west of the Myrtle exit in the eastbound lane at 7:30 a.m. Ronnie Davis, 64, of Ecru, was traveling east in a 1995 Ford […]

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Honoring the flag

Sunday is Flag Day and the community already is all decked out with flags. Lots of businesses have flags out and many of those were put there from a project of the Kiwanis Club of New Albany. Displaying the flags is one of the largest sources of income for the club and Paul Anderson, the […]

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Political speaking, music by Sam Mosley and fireworks celebration to be in revamped Freedom Fest at Union County Courthouse

Organizers are putting the final touches on the annual Freedom Fest that will take place in downtown New Albany on Saturday, June 27. The event, which co-bills itself as New Albany’s “First Hand” speaking event, will have political speaking from local and regional candidates throughout the afternoon as well as patriotic events like a flag […]

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Group studying possibility of Hernando DeSoto historic trail

Now that the Tanglefoot Trail is fully, and successfully, in use and has been designated a part of the National Recreational Trails system, area history and tourism officials are moving to their next project: more recognition for Hernando DeSoto. Many local residents may be aware that the Spanish explorer passed through the New Albany area […]

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Folk Art on the River 2nd Saturdays at Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market will be this weekend

Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market and The Art of Dixie will host “2nd Saturdays: Folk Art on the River” for the third year in downtown New Albany along the Tallahatchie River. This year’s second Saturday markets will be on June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8. Hours for 2nd Saturdays will be 7:30 a.m. to […]

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