Paulette Cossitt, Susan Feather and Gloria Cooper were photographed Thursday, March 19, at the Union County Heritage Museum on Cleveland St. They were there for a meeting of the New Albany Garden Club. Besides its own busy schedule of programs, The Union County Heritage Museum is the venue for many other local civic meetings
Brad Clayton was recently elected to serve as President of the New Albany School Board for the next year. Mr. Clayton has served on the School Board since 2013. Pictured (right) is Jerry Tate, Past President, passing the gavel to Mr. Clayton.
The New Albany School Board honored Bobby Gault (pictured left) at the March 2nd School Board Meeting.
Not so long ago senior pictures amounted to parading through a line in the school gymnasium, at the end of which a photographer took a few shots, all posed with the same background, lighting and costume. In effect, the photographer, chosen by the school, took the same picture over and over again with only the subject changing. Parents got a little menu from which they picked from a narrow variety of packages: “22 wallet size, 2 8x10s, 4 5x7s, $104” etc. “Pick your photo from the five proofs provided, check the order form box, put your check in the envelope and return it all to home room by Friday.” All that has changed. Tuesday afternoon, April 7, Holly Springs senior Maura Jane Autry, her mother and a friend met Kate Roberts, a professional photographer from Baldwyn, on the banks of the Tallahatchie River in New Albany. Roberts shot dozens of pictures of Maura Jane with a high-end digital camera, with natural back lighting from the late afternoon sun shining through the trees lining the river bank. And that was just one set shot in New Albany. Other sets are shot other places. Not so much senior pictures as a senior portfolio.
The New Albany School Board presented Melanie Anderson with a Certificate of Appreciation at the monthly school board meeting held on Monday, May 4. The certificate and recognition was in honor of School District Administrative Assistant Board Clerk Appreciation Week that was celebrated in April. Anderson serves as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for the New Albany School District.
A committee working on New Albany’s annual Down From The Hills Bluegrass Festival met Thursday afternoon, May 14, at the UCDA office in the old post office on Bankhead Street. Shown clockwise around the table are Betty King, Cathy Garrett, Phil Nanney, Mary Jennifer Russell, Sean Johnson, Susan Hickman and Hudson Hickman. Jill Smith, the director of the Union County Heritage Museum, which produces the festival, is not pictured but was present throughout the meeting. The 2015 Down from the Hills Bluegrass Festival will be next weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23.
(left to right) Jill Smith, Micha Foster, Susan Hickman and Chef John Stokes meeting to discuss plans for New Albany’s premier Farm-to-Table dinner on May 22.
With mild weather work was progressing Monday on the site of the new Tanglefoot Trail bridge across Main Street in Downtown New Albany. Shown above with landscape architect Sam Creekmore, Jr. (left) are Richard Turner and Sonny “Sundance” Snider.
The Youth Choir of New Albany’s First United Methodist Church performed outdoors in the church’s Harwell Garden the evening of Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Joe Wilson, of New Albany, with Jeannie C. Riley, of Harper “Valley P.T.A.” fame. The picture was taken here in New Albany..well, according to Joe, “Way Back When!” If you have a photo to share in the Spotlight, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Hinton of Bankhead Flower Shop spoke to New Albany’s Historic Northside District Garden Club’s May 28th meeting, which was held at the home of Sandy Shaddinger. Hinton gave club members some hints about making flower arrangements from the flowers grown in their own gardens.
Jim Faust, Angie Faust Staten and Mike Staten enjoyed the music Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Live @ Noon on Tanglefoot Plaza in New Albany.
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney spoke Monday night, June 22, to the Union County Republican Women’s Club. Chaney, a Republican, is seeking his third four-year term as the state’s insurance commissioner. He is opposed in the August Republican primary by John Mosely . The winner in that race will presumably face Johnny McLeod, who is unopposed for the Reform Party nomination. Campaign finance reports filed in early May showed Chaney with $338,089.43 in campaign funds on hand. Mosely had $20,674.60 and McLeod reported he had no campaign money
New Albany Symphony League members, left to right, Sandy Shaddinger, Joyce Sumners, Joanne Lesley, Collett Cross, Celia House, and Jean Ashcraft, met July 29th to discuss plans for the upcoming season.
If the Chinese proverb, “A smile will gain you ten more years of life” is accurate, these two have earned those years. Jean Ashcraft, of New Albany, visits with Joe “Sonny” Giachelli, of the Pinedale community, at New Albany Health & Rehab Center. Sonny is there to receive medical therapy to supplement his smile benefits.
Long-time friends Joyce Sumners and Mose Stokes catch up with each other, sharing a laugh over possibly varying opinions of who was the smarter in high school.
Everyone has a job. Mom does the hair; dad babysits; daughter ties it all together with a “cuteness” bow. Stylist/Nail Technician Annie Kent keeps it “all in the family” for her husband Ben and daughter Lucy at the Rodéo Salon on Bankhead St. in downtown New Albany.
Posted September 2015
Picturesque New Albany provided the backgrounds Tuesday, Sept. 1, for promotional photographs shot for Wooden Groove, a Mississippi-based acoustic string band.
Double bassist Taylor Meador of Oxford, guitarist Adam Hollowell of Tupelo and mandolinist Seth Vincent Flake posed in front of a 60-year-old railroad engine in downtown New Albany.
Engine number 800 was built by the old General Motors Electro-Motive division, probably at its London, Ontario, Canada plant, in the early 1950s. Number 800, a four-axle GP8 diesel-electric locomotive was rebuilt at the Illinois Central Railroad’s Paducah, Kentucky shops in the late 1970s.
Number 800 is still an active railyard engine and belongs to the Ripley and New Albany Railroad, the successor after many ownership changes, of Colonel William Clark Falkner’s Ripley Railroad, founded in 1871.
Harold Gregory, shown at 7 pm, Saturday, Sept. 5th, in front of his daughter’s home on East Bankhead Street is about to move to Blue Springs from Douglas County, Georgia, at the western side of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Gregory is originally from Mattoon. lllinois, where he managed a graphics business. His alert white protector is called “Bama.”
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