Christmas decorations in the house and blooming azaleas in the yard. A very confusing December.
This baby llama was born yesterday at Magnolia Knoll, Sandy and Nat Shaddinger’s farm on Martintown Road. It’s dam is Bella. The father is Critical Mass. It is believed to be the first llama ever bred and born in Union County. The baby has not yet been named. Their birth weight is typically about 25 pounds after a gestation of 350 days. They stand, walk and suckle within an hour of birth. In this photo Bella may be “humming” to her hours-old baby, which is part of their bonding ritual.
UFOs over New Albany on September 26th? No, just an unusual array of lights from the spectacular fireworks display that closed the 2015 Tallahatchie Riverfest.
The Union County Master Gardeners created this unique family of cyclists, which can be found traveling East Bankhead St. in front of the old post office building.
Jean Ashcraft shot this rainbow picture at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday evening, Sept 9th, at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highland Ave./Highway 30. This is the second rainbow photo we’ve received from her since we launched NAnewsweb.com eight months ago, and we thank her.
This uncommon picture of a complete rainbow was shot over New Albany around 7:45 P.M. on Thursday, May 27. Jean Ashcraft took it and sent it to us and we thank her.
That noise you’re hearing in the air is the sound of sex. From cicadas, but not the same ones we hear every summer evening, year in and year out. This is Brood 23 of the 13-year cicada. Nymphs have emerged from underground tree roots, shed their shells and climbed into the trees to seek a mate. Males woo via a loud song (noise!) using body parts called “tymbals.” The sound is loud enough to damage human hearing if you are too close for too long. There are three different broods of 13-year cicadas; MS is the only state lucky enough to harbor all three. Next emergence: Brood 19 in 2024.
Author Ramona Bridges of Seminary, MS spoke at the monthly meeting of Friends of the Library Tuesday, May 19th. She is the writer of “Christian fiction” books, three of which have been published. About 25 people were present. Friends of the Library meets at noon the third Thursday of each month at the Union County Library. A light lunch is served at 11:30 am.
The Union County Republican Women held their May meeting Monday night at the New Albany campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Speaker for the dinner meeting was Mike Hurst (far right in the photo), recently an assistant U.S. Attorney, who will be the Republican nominee for Attorney-General of Mississippi. Hurst will face Jim Hood, a Chickasaw County Democrat seeking his fourth term as Mississippi attorney-general, in the November general election. A native of Newton County, Hurst is a graduate of Millsaps College and George Washington University law school. Hurst formerly served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representative. Also present at the Monday evening meeting was Mississippi State Auditor Stacy Pickering, a Republican, who is seeking his third term in the auditor’s office.
The Junior Auxiliary of New Albany’s annual fundraiser, Picnic in the Park, Thursday May 14th, 4:30-7:30 PM at Cooper Park. All proceeds from the $10 bar-b-que plates will go to help support the Junior League’s service projects for the year.
Site preparation is well underway for a New Albany location of Popeyes, the fast food chain best known for fried chicken. The new restaurant is being built at the intersection of Highway 30 and Renasant St., immediately east of the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County, which can be seen in the upper right of the above photo. Popeye’s operates restaurants world wide and has locations in 40 U.S. states. A formal announcement is expected soon.