Entries by Lynn West

Elementary students participate in annual food drive

New Albany Elementary School students, from left to right, Samuel Pannell, Miles Harrell, Luis Pantoja, and Riley Rodgers, helped sort food donations collected during the school’s annual fall food drive. Collected food will be donated to the Good Samaritan Center, Helping Hands of Union County, and will be used to stock the NAES Food Pantry. Over 4,000 items were collected during the food drive.

New Albany Elementary employees of the month

New Albany Elementary School’s November Employees of the Month are as follows: Sitting (left to right):  Lea Taylor, secretary/bookkeeper; Candy Jarvis, 5th grade teacher; Bonnie Stephens, cafeteria manager; and standing (left to right):  Belinda Chism, receptionist; Karen Willard, secretary; Celia House, music teacher

New Albany Elementary Citizens of the Month

Each month, a Citizen of the Month is chosen from each homeroom at New Albany Elementary School. This student is one who exceeds school wide expectations. November Citizens of the Month in grades K-2 are as follows (pictured in no particular order):  Aiden Rea, Anna Grace Moore, James David Bailey, James Petty, Bobby Bostick, Ahtziry […]

Christmas on Bankhead

The community Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday included visits with Santa Claus, carriage rides, children’s arts and crafts activities and a wide variety of area performers at the Magnolia Civic Center. Click on a photo below to start the higher image quality gallery.

Deputies arrest man convicted in David Pernell murder case

One of three men involved in the May 2000 murder of retired post office employee David Pernell has been arrested while apparently out on an earned release program from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Adam Ray, 38, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of […]


Eight years as POW fails to crush spirit

Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (Ret.) was the fifth longest-held American prisoner during the Viet Nam war but still was able to find positives in the experience. Smitty has told his story in the book “Tap Code,” referring to the means prisoners were able to use to communicate. He was a guest at the Union County […]

Library program offers holiday book gift suggestions

Square Books manager Lynn Roberts paid her annual visit to Luncheon With Books at the Union County Library Tuesday to talk about holiday gift book suggestions. Roberts gave summaries and some background about dozens of books that have come out this past year to good reviews and wide readership. Included were a wide variety of […]

Still no leads in search for Scott McQuary/UPDATED

Update: Officers still had no good leads Thursday in the disappearance of West Union resident Scott McQuary. They said they have pursued possible leads in Pontotoc as well as Union County but the last cell phone contact appeared to be in the National Forest between West Union and Oxford. The signal was not good and […]

P. E. teachers attend Blue Cross physical education conference

Mississippi elementary and middle schools are building cultures of health and wellness with support from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The Foundation hosted its 11th Annual Physical Education Conference bringing together 41 physical education teachers from around the state. The P.E. teachers, including Nathan Young from New Albany Elementary School participated […]

Elementary students present powwow program

Kindergarten students at New Albany Elementary School presented a Powwow program on Friday, November 16.    Kindergarten students, under the direction of Music Teacher Celia House, sang “The Indians are Creeping”, “Hurray, It’s Thanksgiving Day”, “Ten Little Indians”, “HiYiYi”, “Just a Boy and a Girl”, “Hush a Bye”, and “This is How the Indians”.  The program included students […]