New four-lane section of Hwy. 45 open

The Mississippi Department of Transportation was scheduled to open the new four-lane section of Hwy. 45 from Carson Road to four miles south of U.S. Highway 82 in Lowndes County Thursday, Sept. 3, at approximately 9 a.m. “The opening of this four-lane section of Hwy. 45 is a big step in increasing safety and mobility […]

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Sidestepping a honey-do list

Our next-door neighbors painted their house a new color this past weekend. Lane and Tracy Cavender, with the help of a friend with a paint sprayer, brightened up the house with a lighter color that gave it a fresh look. Painting the house follows a summer in which they have redone the landscaping and generally […]

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Fixing our streets

Some of New Albany’s streets are in need of help. The asphalt on some streets has split leaving large cracks and others, including commercial arteries, are littered with potholes. It’s a two-pronged problem really, because some streets including the main drag, Bankhead Street, are the responsibility of the state to keep in good repair. And, […]

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Retail sales, utility fees main sources of city’s income

New Albany’s proposed 2016 budget was scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday with little expectation it would be changed significantly. It called for no tax increase and the total increased by only 2.2 percent, up to a little more than $6.5 million. Almost exactly half of the city’s revenue comes from retail sales, which has […]

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Mississippians will vote on educational funding by state Nov. 3

Residents have had a pretty steady diet of political news most of this year – and will have some more as the November general election draws closer. Almost lost behind the interest in local races has been the fact that voters will also have to decide on a constitutional question come Nov. 3 They will […]

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Hoping to get a deal on some land

    Having no working air conditioning did not  prevent prospective buyers from nearly fill the courtroom Monday morning for the annual land sale held by Union County Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam. When property owners fail to pay taxes on the land, it is put up for auction. Above, relatives are first given an opportunity […]

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Pre-K students at elementary school learn about butterflies

    Pre-Kindergarten students at New Albany Elementary School got to visit with some one-day-olds Monday before turning them out into the world. The “youngsters” were Monarch butterflies that emerged only the day before, each coming out of its chrysalis as a fully-grown adult. “There are no baby butterflies,” Master Gardener Tim Burress told the […]

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Labor Day holiday to affect business, garbage collection schedules

All governmental offices, the schools and many businesses will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The New Albany Gazette will be closed Monday as well, which means advertising and editorial deadlines will be moved up. Both city and county solid-waste collection will be affected by the holiday. In the […]

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Number of unemployed Union Countians back down slightly

Union County’s unemployment rate for July was down slightly from June. The county reported 5.0 percent unemployment for July, a decrease from the higher 5.3 percent the previous month. This moves Union County to having the sixth-lowest jobless rate in the state and second-lowest in the north half of the state. Once gain, Union County […]

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Families of Union Countians killed in service to participate in Patriot Day program planned for Sept. 11 at Cine’

Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001 (known as 9/11) President George Bush declared a day of remembrance and subsequently congress expanded the day to include a remembrance of all of the sacrifices our citizens have made over the years to keep our country free.  Certainly many sacrifices have come from Union County, Mississippi. The […]

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