Charles Hagan

Funeral services for Charles Hagan were held at noon Wednesday, April 4 at Stephens Funeral Home of Union. Bro. Jeff Hancock officiated. Burial was at Union City Cemetery.

Mr. Hagan, 75, of Union, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, at his home.

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

Elnora McCraw Rigdon

Funeral services for Mrs. Elnora McCraw Rigdon will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home of Union. The Rev. John Martin will be officiating. Burial will follow in Union City Cemetery.

James Wolverton

James W. Wolverton passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Funeral services were conducted by Wilcox Funeral Home, Carthage, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Interment with military honors followed at High Hill Cemetery in Walnut Grove. The Rev.

James Griffith

Services for Rev. James E. Griffith were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Burial were held at 1:30 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Carthage.

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



Fire engulfs Newton home


A home on Third Avenue in Newton was gutted by a fire this afternoon.

Firefighters from Newton, Decatur and Hickory responded to the blaze, which consumed the interior of a brick home that had a chimney.

There were no apparent injuries from the fire as of this afternoon. The cause is under investigation.

Taylor, Everett take top honors in ECCC homecoming court

Members of the 2017 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College in Decatur included (front row, from left) freshman maids Sabrina Boyd of Meridian and Vanity Payne of Philadelphia; sophomore maids Makaeya Brock of Decatur and Taylor Hardy of Starkville; queen Autumn Taylor of Newton; sophomore maid Hayden Hudspeth of Louisville; maid of


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.