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NEW ALBANY – Sleeping and eating are perhaps the most essential functions of human life, and Travis Wiseman has 30 years of experience providing customers with products that make those tasks more enjoyable. 

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The Bead Shack offers jewelry, signature T-shirts and hometown hospitality

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For over 85 years, the Nethercutt family owned and operated Merle Norman, a beauty store founded by one of the first women in cosmetics: Merle Nethercutt Norman.  This family’s story is inspirational, and not unlike New Albany’s own storeowners, Natalie Bullard Floyd, and her mother, Sherri …

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NEW ALBANY – As far as mamas and grand-mamas are concerned, there is no such thing as “too cute” when shopping for their little princesses, and Between Sisters Gifts and Boutique offers them trendy, unique choices at affordable prices. 

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In the beginning, sometime in the mid-fifties, Keith and Wynez Wroten came into town looking to set up a radio station. Wroten, an engineer for WBIP radio in Booneville, handcrafted the tiny new station from scratch with the exception of the tower. WNAU was first located in the building acro…

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On October 16, 1896, A. J. McLaurin, Governor of the State of Mississippi signed and approved the charter giving Bank of New Albany the full rights and authority to operate a commercial banking operation in the City of New Albany, making it the first commercial bank in Union County.  The ban…

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The earthy, herbaceous smells of garlic and oregano, comingled with the bright, refreshing zest of lemon, and the hearty aroma of sizzling meat, emanated from the open kitchen, as frantically busy line cooks handed generous, cleanly arranged plates of pasta and steak over the serving line.

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NEW ALBANY – I smelled the rich, aromatic scent of the roastery half a mile south, on Hwy. 15, and inside the store, Beth Merritt waited for the “first crack,” when the raw, Ethiopian coffee beans, roasting and rolling around the tumblers, hit their sweet spot, and began yielding their smoot…

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The craft of custom handmade leatherworks is a dying art, but those who work and use these products still seek out the craftsmen that makes them. Here in New Albany, we have such a craftsman. 

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The Van Atkins story starts in the small town of Walnut Ridge, Ark. in 1949. The four partners were Earl Van Hook, Warren Cooper, O. M. Atkins, and his brother Earl and their store was called Van Atkins Dry Goods. This first store was located right next door to a five and dime store that was…

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Union County’s unemployment rate was up one percentage point from April, from 3.0 to 4.0 percent. That meant our county was no longer tied for lowest in the state, but we are still in second place behind Rankin County, which had a 3.9 percent jobless rate for May.

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Students enrolled in most courses at the New Albany School of Career and Technical Education take a state test each year.   The MS-CPAS2 (Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System, Edition 2) is the test given to students in career and technical education programs.  The assessment is…

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BNA Bank celebrated the retirement of the following employees on Dec. 14 with a closed reception: Brenda Baggett, Loan Assistant to Hugh Tate; Glenda Simmons, Account Services Representative;  and Margaret Murphree, Head Teller. The bank and employees presented gifts to each employee. From l…

New Albany’s much-anticipated Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has gotten to the point of showing its familiar profile on Coulter Cove. The restaurant and store, expected to serve about 1,500 meals a day, is scheduled to open in May and add significantly to the city’s tourism and retail sale…

BNA Bank President and CEO Bo Collins announced that the board of directors of BNA Bancshares, holding company of BNA Bank, has declared a cash dividend of $2.20 per Class A shares, and $2.42 per Class B shares. This represents the largest cash dividend ever paid by BNA Bank as earnings year…

Mississippi Land Bank announces Chad Bailey’s addition as Loan Officer in the Tupelo branch office. Bailey has worked in the banking industry for 10 years, previously with BancorpSouth as a Corporate Commercial Lender and commercial credit analyst in Tupelo, and at Merchants & Farmers Ba…

Bespoke at 315 South Camp Street along the Tanglefoot Trail in New Albany, MS is open for business. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  The location is a showcase for Micha Foster’s custom lighting and furniture as well as showcasing curated collections of vintage goods…

The Union County Development Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the CrossFit Fire Ant gym at 303A West Bankhead.

A just-renovated Barnes Crossing Chevrolet  Buick GMC auto dealership held a formal ribbon-cutting in New Albany Wednesday morning, concluding a process that owner Joe Marshall likened to “going from the chrysalis to the butterfly.”

Community leaders join with Tony Barragan and employees of Bim Bam Burgers & Wings to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening Monday.  New Albany Mayor Tim Kent and Barragan cut a ribbon during the ceremony.  Barragan and his business partner Yerby Weaver, founded the franchise in Oxfor…