Supervisors move to save cost of aerial mapping of county

The Union County Board of Supervisors met briefly Monday, handling routine items not likely to produce headlines. The one item out of the ordinary was word from Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam that more counties have committed to have up-to-date aerial photo mapping done, which will reduce the cost to Union County. He did not say […]

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City makes drug arrests following traffic stops

New Albany police report drug arrests stemming from two routine traffic stops. Chief Chris Robertson said an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Hwy. 78 the night of July 21. Officers spoke with the driver, William D. White, 38, of Saltillo and formerly of Memphis, and Robertson said he seemed nervous […]

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An election twist or two

The first round of voting in this year’s state and local elections is over and round two is coming Aug. 25. Although sometimes elections are almost ho-hum and follow a predicted outcome, the balloting Tuesday had a number of twists. Here in Union County, we turned over four of the five slots on the Union […]

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Nearly half of county’s voters turn out Tuesday for mostly trouble-free election

Balloting got off to a slow start Tuesday in the Democratic and Republican primaries but the day ended with nearly half of the county’s registered voters participating. By 7 p.m., 47.3 percent of the 16,097 people on the voting rolls had cast their ballots and Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said the counting process went smoothly […]

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Sheriff keeps job by larger-than-expected margin

The county sheriff’s race always draws attention but perhaps even more so this year as the current one-term sheriff Jimmy Edwards was challenged by his predecessor, long-time law enforcement officer Tommy Wilhite. Although most courthouse political observers expected a close race, Edwards kept his job, defeating Wilhite by a 70-to-30 percent majority. Edwards received 4,418 […]

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Two opposed incumbent supervisors not successful in keeping seats

This year’s election was not kind to incumbents who faced opposition, specifically First District Supervisor Dwight “Peanut” Pickens and Second District Supervisor Jimmy Yarbrough. Pickens came in fourth this year with Evan Denton and Bill Hancock garnering the most votes and putting themselves in a run-off. Four years ago Pickens, as the incumbent, bested Hancock […]

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Two open supervisors’ seats draw large number of candidates, need run-offs

This election had an unusually high number of candidates, especially for supervisor with 42 seeking those five offices alone. Of particular interest were the Third and Fifth District seats because long-time incumbents Danny Jordan and Benny Rakestraw, respectively, announced they were retiring after well more than 20 years’ service. In light of those announcements, the […]

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This primary year may not have been kind to some local incumbents but state and district officials did very well. Basically, every one of those races saw either an unopposed incumbent or an incumbent who won easily in his or her party (mostly Republican). Union County voters were in line with the state trends, supporting […]

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Justice Court offices will see some changes in personnel

The races for supervisor, sheriff and school superintendent may have grabbed headlines but other important offices were decided on Tuesday that potentially affect the lives of all citizens. Those are those of the justice court system and include East and West Post judges and constables. The East Post judge’s job is one of the other […]

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NA aldermen want to tighten parking, yard sale rules and update building regs

New Albany aldermen held a brief, half-hour meeting Tuesday, but if they did not handle much business they indicated they are getting ready to do so. On the table for the next meeting is consideration of a new set of subdivision regulations, possible amendment to building regulations governing use of metal exteriors, the limited-parking downtown […]

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