Margaret Pace

Margaret Ann Beach Pace, 79, passed away on April 2, 2018.

Margaret was born May 11, 1938, in Montgomery, Ala., to Fred and Irella Beach. Margaret married Tommy Pace of Newton on Dec. 16, 1958.

Reeves inks with Belhaven


Peyton Reeves blossomed on the basketball courts at Newton County this year.

Now the 6-foot-4 senior hopes the same thing will happen at Belhaven University in Jackson.

Reeves signed to play basketball with the Blazers last week.

For his coach and grandfather Steve Harber, it was a day he will never forget.


Arrests 4/04/18

The following arrests were made between March 23-29 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

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


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

Glenn Evans

Funeral services for Glenn Evans were at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at St. Mary Church. Visitation was on Friday, April 6. Services were under the direction of Dunlap & Thames Funeral Home, Newton.

Lunch menus 4/04/18

Newton County Elementary School
Monday, April 9
All schools breakfast: Assorted cold cereals, sausage and pancake on a stick, strawberry banana yogurt, fresh fruit cup, assorted fruit juices, and a variety of milk


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.


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