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Students with academic excellence for the 2017-18 school representing the Class of 2019 at Newton County High School are, from left, (front row) Jordan Wall, Cassidy Williams, Clay Cooley, Aubrey Hollingsworth, Sarah Holsonback, Alison Watson,...

The old gymnasium on the campus of Union Elementary and High schools has served the needs of Yellowjacket nation for the last 71 years, and school officials hope it will continue to serve the community for another 71 years or more after the...

The American Legion Post 89 in Decatur has a new item in its collection of historical items related to veterans in Newton County and other areas.

Division I schools lining up for Lake’s Campbell

It’s not hard to spot Lake’s Aaron Campbell on the football field.

He’s the large, lanky outside linebacker that most teams are running away from.

Newton County Academy football coach Rob Roberts can never be accused of building a week schedule.

In his time at NCA, Roberts has built the Generals into one of AA’s most respected programs, winning the state championship in 2013.

Notes, quotes and a thought or two…

One of the things that I like to do is see how our kids at Leake Academy are doing in their summer activities so I’m Facebook friends with a lot of the parents.

Overall Character Winners


NCES recognizes students who receive the most nominations during the year for modeling character on campus, from left, (front row) Olivia Thompson, Clark Gentry, Ryleigh Massey, (back row) Drew Walker, Stephen Moore, and PJ Sperandeo.  Tracy Holliman coordinates the Character Education initiative at NCES.

Newton Elementary Pre-K deadline is Thursday

The deadline for submitting applications for the Newton Elementary 2018-2019 Pre-K program is Thursday. Students must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 and reside within the Newton Municipal School District zone to be considered for admission. Students will be selected based on screening data and other criteria, including socio-economical and educational need. Any parent or guardian interested in the Pre-K program may call the NMSD Central Office at 601-683-2451 for more information.

Newton Public Library to host community blood drive

Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a community blood drive at the J. Elliott McMullan Library from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 13. The MBS Donor Coach will be at the library. Donors will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last). The drive will be a part of MBS’s Save Our Summer $1,000 Giveaway summer promotion, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 18. Donors must be at least 16 years old (16-year-olds need signed parental consent, visit the MBS website for a copy of the form, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.

NCHGS to meet Saturday

On July 14, 2018, the NCHGS will meet in the Human Resources Building on Hwy 15 in Decatur, MS at 10 a.m. We welcome our speaker, Danny Alexander who will talk to us about the history of the Mason’s organization and the interesting work the Mason’s do in the county and nation wide. The public is always welcome so please plan to be with us and bring someone with you.


The Kemper-Newton Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program is currently underway. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock” and many of this summer’s events will be centered around music. Here is the remaining schedule for the Union, Newton and Decatur branches: • 3-5 p.m. Friday, July 27, Newton – Movie night: “Leap!”