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Old gym gets new life

The old gymnasium on the campus of Union Elementary and High schools has served the needs of Yellowjacket nation for the last 71 years, and school officials hope it will continue to serve the community for another 71 years or more after the school district completed a $300,000 renovation.

Post receives 48-star flag

The American Legion Post 89 in Decatur has a new item in its collection of historical items related to veterans in Newton County and other areas.

Last week, D.L. Turner of Newton donated a 48-star flag to the post that dates back to before Alaska and Hawaii were added as U.S. states.

Pioneer visits Union


Nationally known Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard from Milwaukee, Wisc., made a stop in Union Thursday for rehearsals on its way to competitions in Dothan, Ala., the next day and Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.


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.


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