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Faulkner readers urged to just ‘keep on goin’

This has, unofficially at least, been Faulkner Week leading up to the Literary Fest Friday and Saturday. Perhaps the high point will be the awards presentation for the Faulkner writing contest winners but fans of the Nobel Prize-winning New Albany native got a different sort of treat Tuesday. Popular Cotton Plant native Dr. Kate Stewart […]

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Faulkner writing contest raises community’s reputation

Oxford may have the edge on New Albany in things Faulkner. After all, the writer did live there and write there longer. But a group of community citizens interested in preserving his connection to Union County and promoting the culture and heritage he wrote about have quietly been making inroads toward the university area’s dominance. […]

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New Albany Homecoming Court

The 2016 New Albany Homecoming Court was presented on Friday, September 16 in a pre-game ceremony at Kitchens Field. The court includes Maid Chloe Lang and escort Gray Spencer, Maid Morgan Ellis and escort Pierre Lenoir, Maid Mary Day and escort Dean Garrett, Homecoming Queen Alli Hodges and escort David Sizemore, Little Queen Maggie Grace […]

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Civic center to hire part-time manager

The search to find a part-time manager for the Magnolia Civic Center is expected to start next week. Members of the civic center board expressed a need for someone to manage the facility, which continues to grow in use, and city aldermen added funds for a part-time manager in their 2016-2017 budget. “We have a […]

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Toyota tours for school groups only

A story in the Sept. 14 issue of the Gazette erroneously reported that Toyota is hiring tour guides in preparation for offering general tours of its Blue Springs plant. The job posting in question had already been filled and its purpose was to provide tours this summer for groups of teachers in preparation for student […]

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County budget adopted with no change

The Union County Board of Supervisors officially approved the 2016-2017 budget Thursday at a called meeting. As expected, the budget is little changed from the past year’s and county taxes will not go up. County school taxes, like the New Albany city school taxes, will see an increase of about four percent. The new county […]

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County budget up only slightly

The Union County Board of Supervisors was expected to approve a $30,052,480 budget for next year at a special public hearing Thursday. Based on the preliminary figures, the budget will be up slightly, about 2.9 percent higher than the past year. The county tax levy will remain unchanged, but the county school tax levy will […]

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East Side getting new commercial development

Work is under way on a new retail and commercial project on East Bankhead Street. The project, being done by Pear Tree Plaza owner Mike Bailey, is between the post office and Dollar General store, but its size is deceptive based on what passersby can see from Bankhead Street. The property goes back and behind […]

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Street projects on schedule but not done

Two street improvements are progressing well and a third is about to begin according to city and state officials. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is currently working on two projects in Union County, both of which the department says are progressing on schedule. The first project is a paving project on Mississippi 178 between Mississippi […]

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Presley to hold public hearing here on solar energy project

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Wednesday that he will hold a public hearing regarding the instillation of a solar facility in Union County. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse located at 114 East Bankhead Street, New Albany, MS 38652. Citizens […]

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