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Senate passes $6 billion state budget to wrap up 2018 session

By TERRY C. BURTON,

In the final week of the 2018 Legislative Session, we passed a $6 billion budget that funds K-12 education under MAEP at $2.2 billion and gives a $5 million increase for a total of $6.5 million, to the nationally recognized and highly successful School Recognition Program that rewards teachers in schools that improve a letter grade or maintain


Water, fire, police departments get Board’s attention in April meeting

By JACK TANNEHILL,

There wasn’t any mention of the Street Department in last week’s April meeting of the Union Board of Aldermen; but, every other department got its time at the table.

Mayor Wayne Welch told the Aldermen that Union was still studying what action it will take with regards to County Line Water Association.




Aaron Wash

Celebration of life services for Mr. Aaron Wash of Lake was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Antioch MB Church in Lake with Pastor Nichols officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Evans Memorial Funeral Home, LLC, Forest. 



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Hospital still in bankruptcy

By BRENT MAZE,

Ascentium Healthcare Resources will be taking over the management of Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest and businesses that were being managed by Pioneer Health Services.

However, it will not include the former Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton, according to Sydney Sawyer, chief executive of the newly formed Ascentium.





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City mourns loss of Gordon

By DEMETRIUS THOMPSON,

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.






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