Jessica Branning, an English literature teacher at Union Middle School, was honored Friday, March 2, during the Mississippi Association of Educators' inaugural Mississippi Excellence in Education Awards held at the Jackson Convention Center.
It wasn’t the freshman season that former Newton County standout Cassidy Blount envisioned at Belhaven. But then again, she didn’t have to watch it from the bench either.
Blount recently completed her first year of collegiate softball at Belhaven, helping the Lady Blazers to an 18-20 record as she started 34 games at catcher.
Hundreds of mourners came out to pay their respects to former Newton County Appeal columnist and community fixture Sue Addy on Friday and Saturday. Addy passed away on Thursday after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
She was 72.
Rush Health Systems announced last week that it will be cutting its personnel by 4 percent.
Hospital officials declined to comment via phone last week, but it issued a prepared statement by Scott Vincent, Rush Health Systems human resources director.
Federal authorities are still investigating the shooting on Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., that injured five people, left the gunman dead and involved several others, including U.S. District 1 Representative and Union native Trent Kelly.
The Newton County branch of Weems Community Mental Health Center in Decatur will now be able to help more patients after the completion of a $980,000 expansion project.