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.


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.

Mrs. Rigdon, 98, of Union, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Birchwood Assisted Living Center in Union.

Mack Fondren

Mr. Mack Wayne Fondren, 94, retired superintendent of education with Union Public Schools, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at his residence in Oxford. Visitation will be from 1:30- 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Oliver Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 3 p.m.

Roberts, Smith to wed June 23

Robert and Amber Roberts of Hickory are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexa Gayle Roberts, to Jeffrey Tanner Smith, son of Jeff and Emilie Smith of Decatur.

The bride is the granddaughter of Linda Webber of Hickory and the late Alton Wayne Roberts and Johnny Mars of Meridian and the late Esther Dennis.

Newton/Neshoba Writers Guild meetings find a new home


I hope the week is finding you all well and the rest of it will be blessed. I have done everything I know to do to restore the voice mail to my digital home phone to no avail. I think the next step will have to be replacing these old handsets. Meanwhile, continue to use the same number to leave voice mail that is used for texting.

Billy Joe Watkins Sr.

Graveside services for Mr. Billy Joe Watkins Sr. were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at Union City Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

Billy Joe Watkins Sr, 82, passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at River Birch Assisted Living in Union.


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.


Vincent to lead state’s SBC


Clarke-Venable Baptist Church pastor Mark Vincent has been named the president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Vincent, who has served at Clark-Venable since June 2004, said he wasn’t seeking the position, but after praying and thinking about the opportunity, he agreed to serve if he was elected.



JoAnn Monk, 74, passed away on May 16, 2018, at her son's home in Arizona. JoAnn was born in... READ MORE