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Local churches hosting Easter-related events

By Rachel Mitchell Special to the Gazette Several area churches are offering a variety of programs and plays for Easter. First United Methodist Church will host its final Lent Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14. The luncheons, which were previously held on Wednesdays during Lent, featured guest speakers from […]

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Faulkner Literary Competition now accepting 2017 entries

The 2017 William Faulkner Literary Competition is now accepting entries in the categories of novel, short story, one-act play, and poetry and student short story.  This is the 19th year for the writing competition headquartered in New Albany, MS, the location of the birth of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner who located his fictional county […]

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County schools name Teachers of the Year

Myrtle Attendance Center teacher Laura Byers Stockstill has been voted both Teacher of the Year for her school and for the Union County School District. Other Union County Teachers of the Year include Kim Sanders from West Union, Jana Edwards from Ingomar and Heidi Brock from East Union. Stockstill is the wife of Eugene Stockstill […]

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Supervisors seek grant for courthouse restoration

The Union County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to seek grant monies to help pay for restoration work at the Union County Courthouse. The county will apply for a $148,000 Community Heritage Preservation grant to pay for the installation of a metal cornice, masonry and additional fees related to the exterior of the building. “This […]

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NA Cares Week at Boys & Girls Club

Harris looks to create NA Cares week

NEW ALBANY – What began as her own community service project turned into something more for New Albany teenager Hannah Harris. Since November, Harris has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of New Albany, teaching club members the value of giving back to their community. “We’ve done different projects,” Harris, a sophomore at […]

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Union County teachers of the year

Toyota presents awards to city, county teachers of the year

Toyota Wellspring Education Fund at CREATE Foundation presented Teacher of the Year awards to New Albany and Union County selected teachers at a joint meeting of both school boards Monday night. Mike Staten, representing the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund, presented the awards. “As teachers you provide so much more to your students than education,” Staten […]

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Speller Owen Cotton wins ‘olympian’ victory

Owen Cotton won the 2017 Union County Spelling Bee Tuesday night, correctly spelling “bevel,” followed by “olympian.” The New Albany Middle School student had to spell two words to win the contest, after Ingomar’s Airionna Fooshee misspelled “ramada.” Fooshee, who came in second place, dueled Cotton for several rounds with words like “conjecture,” “paddock,” “canasta,” […]

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New candidate enters Ward One race

After a lull for a couple of weeks the New Albany municipal races picked up another candidate late Wednesday. Catania Spears Windom qualified to run for the Ward One alderman’s post as a Democrat. That makes the Ward One race the most crowded with Windom facing Republican Amy Livingston and Democrat Scott Dunnam, who currently […]

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Weather Service to visit as part of severe storm awareness, training

With the spring 2017 storm season approaching, the National Weather Service in Memphis is ramping up its preparedness efforts. From late February through late March, staff from the NWS Forecast Office will conduct coordination visits with media and emergency management staffs, storm spotter training classes, and weather safety and awareness presentations. The staff will visit […]

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Planning can save 15 percent at grocer’s

Almost everyone has to grocery-shop at one time or another, and most find it a chore. “We all need food,” Extension Agent Beth Youngblood told a group Wednesday, “but with a simple strategy you can save 15 percent and still have nutritious meals.” The Pontotoc agent was here for an Extension Department-sponsored workshop to provide […]

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