Bernice Hoyt

Services for Bernice Clark Hoyt will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home-Meridian. The Rev. Ron Leonard will be officiating. Burial will follow in Herbert Baptist Church Cemetery in the House community.

JoAnn Monk

JoAnn Monk, 74, passed away on May 16, 2018, at her son's home in Arizona. JoAnn was born in Newton to Tennis and Maggie Thornton.

Clara Griffith

Services for Ms. Clara Mae Nazary Griffith were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held one hour prior to service on Saturday at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

NES teacher honored at 2018 Golden Apple Banquet


Newton Elementary first grade teacher Cindy Strickland was recently honored at the 2018 Golden Apple Teacher Award Banquet in Meridian. Mrs. Strickland was nominated by NES Gifted Education teacher, Gina Gordon, for her dedication to her students and for setting a positive example for her fellow staff members even in the midst of hardships.


City mourns loss of Gordon


The City of Union suffered a huge loss this weekend as longtime Union Municipal Judge and Board of Aldermen Attorney Rex Gordon Jr., passed away suddenly late Saturday night.

Newton County coroner Danny Shoemaker said Gordon died of a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead just before midnight at Laird Hospital in Union.


Erma Jean Bell

Erma Jean Bell 

Funeral services for Mrs. Erma Jean Bell was conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Old White Plains Cemetery under the direction of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest.