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.


Millie McGee

Funeral services for Millie McGee were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Morning Star Baptist Church. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Dunlap & Thames Funeral Home, Newton.

Arrests 4/25/18


The following arrests were made between April 6-19 in Newton County. This report is based on the daily jail blotter at the Newton County Jail and the Union Police Department.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office

• Shaun Guthrie, 42, felony domestic violence


ECCC Division of Performing Arts to host nine free events in April


The East Central Community College Division of Fine Arts will present numerous performing arts events during the month of April on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend the following events:

• April 4 – Delta State University Wind Ensemble, 4 p.m., Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium

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. 


Four Newton County teenagers arrested in shooting, high-speed chase


Four Newton County teenagers are being held at the Lauderdale County Jail after being arrested after shooting at a Lauderdale County sheriff’s deputy and leading authorities on a high speed chase on Monday afternoon.

While no one was injured, shots were reportedly fired at a Lauderdale County deputy’s patrol car during the pursuit.

Lake bound for state


It’s often been said to win a state championship, you have to get a break somewhere along the way.

Ironically, East Union may have given Lake the break it needed.

East Union knocked out Division 4-2A champion Philadelphia, a team that beat Lake twice in the regular season.