Archived, searchable posts about the activities, fundraisers, meeting minutes, etc. of local civic, religious, community support, social  organizations, organizations, etc. Not for simple reminders or meeting announcements, which go into Community Notices, and are expiration dated.

NEMiss.News NAMS Garden Dogs



For close to fifty years, the New Albany Garden Club has been an organization which works by the motto of Preserve, Protect, Plant. “2022 has been no different,” commented Tracy Vainisi, club president, adding, “New Albany Garden Club members have had a wonderful year of activity in the Best Southern Small Town.”

NEMiss.News Robert Ballard discusses native plants

Native Plant expert and owner of Camp Creek Native Plants, Robert Ballard, spoke at the September Club meeting to educate garden club members about native plants.

During 2022, club members hosted a variety of guest speakers who shared topics ranging from historic preservation to student-based community volunteers. Members read at Union County Library’s PreSchool Storytime and volunteered for cleanup days in neighborhoods and parks.

NEMiss.News Sherra Owen in Faulkner Garden

Sherra Owen, in the Faulkner Literary Garden, has dedicated countless hours to the garden, keeping it in top notch shape for visitors from all over the world.

Some of this year’s highlights were garden therapy activities with New Haven clients and residents at Dogwood, working with the New Albany Middle School Garden Dogs, and keeping the Faulkner Literary Garden at the Union County Heritage Museum in tip top shape.

New Albany Garden Club members enjoy the work they are involved with and look forward to a wonderful 2023.

NEMiss.News Main Street intern Alea Hudson

New Albany High School student Alea Hudson, shared her experience as a Main Street intern, recommended by 1st Ward Alderman, Parks Smith, at the club’s October meeting.




Please share any thoughts, comments or questions in the Comments section below!

NEMiss.News Southern Traditions decorated for Holiday Open House


The holidays are fast approaching and New Albany Main Street is kicking things off with their annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 13 from 1-5pm.

“Holiday Open House is always a great opportunity to come out and enjoy the spirit of the holidays while supporting our Main Street partners,” said Main Street director Billye Jean Stroud.

Downtown and Around Main Street Partners will be open on Sunday to kick off holiday shopping. Grab your friends and family to stroll and shop in the Best Southern Small Town!

“Whether they are shopping, dining, or just strolling, it’s always wonderful to see friends and family out enjoying our community,” says Stroud.

For information about New Albany Main Street partners and events go to or call the Main Street office at 662-534-3438 with questions.

–Tracy Vainisi, New Albany Community Development and Main Street

NEMiss.News ThunderPaws Poker Run



The Union County Humane Society is hosting the second annual ThunderPaws  Poker Run on Saturday, September 24, in New Albany.
Registration begins  at the Museum’s Crossing on the Green Park at 207 Faulkner Way at  9 a.m., and the run begins at 10 a.m.
The approximately 50 mile ride in the Union County countryside will host stops for riders to draw their card hand.
Prize money is $1,025.  Cost to play is $30.  Lunch is included with registration.
NEMiss.News ThunderPaws Poker Run Info


For more information call 662-266 2687.  Funds raised help foster animals, pay vet bills and provide medication and transportation fees for local homeless animals.



Jill Smith, Director

Union County Heritage Museum
114 Cleveland Street
New Albany, MS 38652
NEMiss.News July Shop the Block



Although New Albany Main Street Association’s “Shop the Block” event on Thursday evening drew cloudy skies and temperatures in the 90’s, there was a good deal of activity. With the street closed for the event, food trucks and other vendors lined the middle of Bankhead Street. Cool treats were welcome.

NEMiss.News Senseless, live at July Shop the Block

Senseless, live at July’s Shop the Block evening.

A drive through the off-street parking areas turned up a great many autos from Union County and several surrounding counties. But the hot weather meant that many visitors spent as much time as possible in downtown New Albany’s air conditioned shops.

NSMiss.News Vendors at July Shop the Block

Food trucks and other vendors at Shop the Block.

There was not the usual lively amount of chatting and visiting visible out on the streets that is generally seen at such events. We Mississippians know how to deal with hot, humid weather.

Live music was provided by Senseless and there were family activities available.

The July “Shop the Block” after-hours shopping was in support of the Helping Hands of Union County. The June event helped Main Street Partners provide a donation of over $1400 to the Boys and Girls Club of New Albany. The next “Shop the Block” will be on Thursday August 25th, from 5-7PM.

NEMiss.News Betty King beautification award


Betty King of 303 Apple Street in New Albany has received the Residential City Beautification Award for this quarter.

Her yard offers a myriad of colorful annuals and perennials. Her granddaughters are responsible for some of the innovative ideas and new plants.

Pictured left to right in the photo above are Betty King and her granddaughters: Caroline King who does all the mowing at the residence; Lucy King who is responsible for weed eating and mulch; Sara Jane King also does weed eating; and Elizabeth King placing the City Beautification Award sign.

NEMiss.News Union Co Master Gardener sale


Mark your calendars, the much anticipated Union County Master Gardener Annual Spring Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 14, 8 – 1 at the Union County Heritage Museum in the outdoor exhibit area.

Bring the kids  at  11 a.m. there will be a demonstration on how to build a fairy garden, said Judy Harrison, plant sale chairman.

This group of gardeners works well in advance to share rooted cuttings of their plants for this sale.  Interesting and sometimes hard to find varieties are available for plant enthusiasts.  Vines, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs and decorative driftwood will be a part of the cash – only sale.

The museum is located at 114 Cleveland Street in New Albany.  For more information call the Union County Extension Office at 662-534-1916 or the museum at 662-538-0014.

NEMiss.News Master Gardeners pring Plant Sale 2022

Jill Smith, Director

Union County Heritage Museum

114 Cleveland Street

New Albany, MS 38652

NEMiss.News Main St. Easter 2022

03/27/2021 – It’s beginning to look a lot like spring, and New Albany Main Street has two
events on the horizon.

Spring Open House is set for Saturday, April 9th.

  • The fun kicks off with an Easter Parade at 9:30am which will go up West Bankhead from the bridge to the Union County Courthouse.
  • An Easter Egg Hunt for children, walking to 10, will follow with an Easter Bonnet Contest and, of course, pictures with the Easter Bunny.
  • Main Street retailers will have in store specials and Easter fun from 10am until 4pm. You can
    find a list of Main Street’s “Downtown and Around” partners at

“We are welcoming trucks, trailers, side by sides, walking groups, bicycles, horses, and
more”, said Main Street staffer Tracy Vainisi. “Church groups, businesses, civic clubs,
and community members can showcase their spring spirit in the Best Southern Small

New Albany Main Street will also be holding their first ever Spring Gala!

On Friday, April15th, enjoy live music from The Bonfire Orchestra, sweet and savory appetizers
showcased by Main Street partner eateries like Tallahatchie Gourmet, El Agave
Mexican Grill, Mannings BBQ, Game Tyme, Ciao Chow New Albany, Sugarees, and
Little House Catering, as well as signature beverages and springtime fun.

It’s all happening under the twinkling lights of the Union County Heritage Museum. The event will help
fund beautification updates for the historic downtown district.

Chris Pugh, event planning committee member commented, “We expect everyone who
wants to celebrate spring to come out looking fabulous and ready for some fun. He
added, “Main Street staff, investors, and partners work hard throughout the year and
this event will be a celebration of all they have accomplished.”

There are a limited number of tickets left online and at the Main Street office, 135 E. Bankhead Street.

If you would like any details about Main Street’s Spring Open House, Easter Parade, or
Spring Gala, contact Tracy at or 662-534-3438.

NEMiss.News Great American Clean-up 2022


There was a good turn-out of volunteers for New Albany’s Great American Clean-Up, Saturday, March 26th.

The volunteer workers gathered at the Union County Heritage Museum for the clean-up operation from 9 a.m. until noon. Community Development Director Billye Jean Stroud estimated that 75 local people volunteered their time and energy for the annual event.

NEMiss.New Great American Clean-up Day

This scene was a familiar one on Great American Clean-up Day.

Sunny skies and mid-day temperatures above 60 degrees F created ideal weather for the city-wide event.

Sponsors for this year’s clean-up included the Historic Northside Garden Club, New Albany Main Street Association, the Union County Heritage Museum and the Union County Development Association.

NEMiss.News New Albany Garden CLub


New Albany Garden Club has enjoyed a productive fall season. September kicked off with a wonderful Evening of Jazz in the Faulkner Garden. Tracy Vainisi and Carrie Rogers, club president and vice president were pleased to greet over two hundred guests at the Union County Heritage Museum. Perfect weather, vintage cars, live music, food and drink made for a wonderful event.

In October, club members gathered at the home of Cassie Henson with guest speakers Lydia Charles and James Bridgforth spoke on the work of historic preservation throughout the state and in the city of New Albany.

Angie Staten welcomed club members into her home for the November meeting. Landscape Architect Bob Mercier, who has been working with the New Albany Sustainability Advisory, shared an overview of landscape goals for New Albany’s Historic Downtown District.

As the club moves into winter, they will gather for a garden therapy activity with residents of Dogwood Assisted Living and meet to learn about the topics of sustainable gardening and environmental issues.

The New Albany Garden Club has enjoyed a  year of activity throughout the community including meetings, celebrations, and beautification projects. It’s members are looking forward to a wonderful year and wish the entire community a healthy and happy 2022.

NEMiss.News American Legion Post 72



Each year The American Legion Potter-Henry-Lowrey Post 72 recognizes membership longevity in multiples of five years continuous service. After 50 years of service the member is recognized annually. In a recent meeting Commander Mike Bennett and First Vice-Commander Bobby Irvin made the presentations.

NEMiss.News American Legion Post 72

L to R with number of continuous membership years in parentheses: Bobby O. Owen (59), Stephen Fitzgerald (20), Will Ford (20), Bobby Robbins (20), William O. Rutledge III (51), James P. Owen (10), Bobby Irvin (20), and Mike Bennett (35). Not pictured are Charles Hall (5), Timothy Haynes (5), Curtis Magill (15), William D. Bevill (20), Truett Clayton (20), Tommy Gadd (20), Claude Wayne Smith (67) and Herbert A. Morgan (76).












FY22 officers of The American Legion Potter-Henry-Lowrey Post 72 were installed recently by Northern Area District One Commander, David Benson. In his closing remarks to the newly elected officers Benson commented: “My fellow Legionnaires, you have been chosen to fill the various offices of Post 72. I know you will justify the trust that has been placed in you and will fulfill every obligation required of you. The welfare and success of this post depend on you, as does the preservation of the integrity of the American Legion. We all are aiming for the same goals – the ideals of justice, freedom, democracy and loyalty.”


Pictured from left to right: Bobby Irvin, incoming Commander; Will Ford, First Vice-Commander; William O. Rutledge III, Judge Advocate; Larry Sanford, Second Vice-Commander; Stephen Fitzgerald, Chaplain; Ray Tate, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Mike Bennett, outgoing Commander. On stage is David Benson, Northern Area District One Commander, who performed the installation of FY22 Post 72 Officers.


NEMiss.News Passing the Gavel

Outgoing Post 72 Commander Mike Bennett (right) passes the gavel to incoming Commander Bobby Irvin

Outgoing Post 72 Commander Mike Bennett (right) passes the gavel to incoming Commander Bobby Irvin. In the installation ceremony Northern Area District One Commander, David Benson commented to Commander Irvin: “To you are entrusted with very important duties. You must teach and protect the cardinal principles of The American Legion throughout your post. You are entrusted with the supervision of the duties of all officers of your post. Loyalty to your post, to its membership, and to the state and national organizations are obligations which you now assume. May the trust your fellow Legionnaires have placed in you be justified.”

–Mike Bennett, Post 72 Adjutant


NEMiss.News "Promise" by Minrose Gwin


The days of the Literary Fest in New Albany will culminate with a Community Read of the book “Promise” by Minrose Gwin, a Tupelo native now living in Arizona, who based this book on the tragic Tupelo tornado of 1936.

The book starts “A few minutes after 9 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1936,” and what follows is accounts of this tornado from many perspectives.  It is a compelling read to walk the streets of the devastated town and see through the eyes of the believable characters in the book.  She has woven the stories of white and black families living in Tupelo in a way that makes the reader need to learn what happens to the poor  babies that were torn from their mothers’ arms by the fierce winds of the tornado.

The tornado in reality killed more than 200 people and is still listed as one of the most deadly tornadoes in history.

Writer Minrose Gwin will be the guest speaker at the annual Literary Luncheon on Friday, September 24. She will speak following the presentations of the winners of the William Faulkner Literary Competition 2021.

The book can be purchased locally at the Union County Heritage Museum bookstore for $12.  For more information call the museum at 662-538-0014. It can also be checked out at the Union County Library.

Jill Smith, Director

Union County Heritage Museum

114 Cleveland Street

New Albany,MS 38652

New Albany and Union County School Districts will join districts across the state to thank school board members during School Board Member Recognition Week, February 8-12, for their leadership and service to local school boards and communities.

“This week is a special opportunity to express our gratitude for the hard work of our school board members and to thank them for their dedication to this community and its students,” said Dr. Lance Evans, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.

More than 750 Mississippians are members of local school boards. The board members who serve the New Albany and Union County School Districts are responsible for setting the vision and goals of the district. They work to provide a quality public education for students in PreK-12th grade. The boards also oversee the annual budget, adopt policies, and evaluate progress while keeping the interests of our students first. They also serve as the community’s voice in the district and the district’s voice in the community.

“As school leaders, board members play an important role in engaging our community in supporting our public schools,” said Russell Taylor, Superintendent of Union County School District.

During School Board Member Recognition Week in Mississippi, the New Albany and Union County School Districts invite students, staff, and community members to take part in honoring school board members.

The men and women serving the New Albany School District are: Jill Shaw, Barbara Washington, David Rainey, Ren Nelson, and Mark Garrett. Individuals serving the Union County School District are: Mickey Basil, Terry Cook, Mike Browning, Wayne Mahon, and Daphnia McMillen.