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Earlier this summer, Newton County Academy hosted its first-ever tennis tournament, bringing in more than 50 area players.

Chief Phyliss J. Anderson is set to serve another four years as Choctaw Tribal chief.

Anderson defeated Beasley Denson in a tight election: Anderson had 1,687 votes to Denson’s 1,633.

 Dick Hall addresses the crowd at the Decatur Fire Department Saturday during a political rally.  Demetrius Thompson/The Appeal

Seventeen candidates who are vying for local, county and state offices made a late push for primary votes Saturday at a political rally hosted by the Decatur Volunteer Fire Department.

 Newton County High School Junior Chloe Nance gives send-off encouragements to Makaeya Brock, Newton County’s DYW. Janine Vincent/Special to the Appeal

Makaeya Brock didn’t get much time to celebrate her win as Newton County’s Distinguished Young Woman.

 The Newton County 8-year-old all-star team recently went 2-2 in the state tournament in Winona. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, is Ethan Burton, Logan Usry, Vance Richardson, Bryce Jones, Cooper Johnson and Ty Thrash. On the second row, from left to right, is Jace Chaney, Austin Holloway, Collier Mangrum, Kent Selman and Tripp McGee. On the back row, from left to right, are coaches Shaun Selman, Robert Stewart, Justin Chaney and Tim Richardson.

Justin Chaney has done a lot of different jobs in his lifetime. He’s currently the manager of Newton County Funeral Home and pastor at Herbert Baptist Church.

He’s even been a prison minister but never coached an all-star team.

 Trent Hudnall (left), and Charles Amerson (right) fight for a football against Quitman in a 7-on-7 passing camp hosted by Newton County.  Robbie Robertson/The Appeal

Seven teams converged on Newton County High School on Thursday for a little faith and some football.

 Dick Hall addresses the crowd at the Decatur Fire Department Saturday during a political rally.  Demetrius Thompson/The Appeal
 Newton County High School Junior Chloe Nance gives send-off encouragements to Makaeya Brock, Newton County’s DYW. Janine Vincent/Special to the Appeal
 The Newton County 8-year-old all-star team recently went 2-2 in the state tournament in Winona. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, is Ethan Burton, Logan Usry, Vance Richardson, Bryce Jones, Cooper Johnson and Ty Thrash. On the second row, from left to right, is Jace Chaney, Austin Holloway, Collier Mangrum, Kent Selman and Tripp McGee. On the back row, from left to right, are coaches Shaun Selman, Robert Stewart, Justin Chaney and Tim Richardson.
 Trent Hudnall (left), and Charles Amerson (right) fight for a football against Quitman in a 7-on-7 passing camp hosted by Newton County.  Robbie Robertson/The Appeal

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