Retracing and preserving Union’s history... Whitten remembers first wedding, early jobs


This column concludes the series of Mr. Whitten’s memories. Again, I give many, many thanks to Judy Whitten Moss and Vickie Whitten Hancock for refreshing memories of early Union for some and for giving new insights to others through their sharing of their father’s reminiscences.

Decatur Community News: Jennifer Davis: Georgia girl serving God in Decatur

Jennifer Renee Davis will have been the Director of Preschool and Children’s Ministries at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur for three years on September 1, but I only had close contact with her this summer because of a child who said, “I gave myself to Jesus,” during Vacation Bible School.  This little girl is staying in my home at the


Community calendar 6/27/18

MSU Extension Office to host Happy Healthy Thursdays

The Mississippi State University Extension Service of Newton County will be hosting Happy Healthy Thursdays at noon throughout June at the Decatur office. They will be demonstrating new, healthy recipes and will have food tastings.

William Burton

Funeral services for William Burton were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 14 at Thomas & Jones Funeral Home, Las Vegas. Burton, 85, died Saturday, April 28, 2018. Services were under the direction of Thomas and Jones Funeral Home.

George Murray

George Murray made his heavenly transition at 4:42 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Baptist Medical Center, Jackson. Visitation will be from noon to 6 pm. Friday July 6

at Holifield Funeral Home, Forest.



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.