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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Ricky Ford at NEMCC

We applaud the selection by the college’s Board of Trustees of Ricky G. Ford of Booneville to take over as president of Northeast Mississippi Community College in July. Ford, currently executive vice-president of the school, has spent most of his career to this point at Northeast, serving as a coach, admissions counselor, athletic director and […]

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Former UM chancellor Khayat talks about life, learning and image

Robert Khayat has gone from being a bare-foot boy in Moss Point to Yale University and then back to Ole Miss with a successful football career along the way. Most people, however, think of him as being a retired popular and successful chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Khayat was the guest speaker at the […]

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Business roundtable focuses on development plans for city

“It’s the people who make New Albany strong,” Union County Development Association Executive Director Phil Nanney said Thursday. And Nanney believes that the community can be even stronger through the sharing of ideas and concerns. That is one of the main purposes of the Business 2 Business roundtable held this past week by the UCDA. […]

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