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John Darnell may not be changing addresses but he’s getting closer to home.
Darnell was recently approved as the new boys’ basketball coach at Union, where he replaces Marcus Luckett who left to take the boys job at Northwest Rankin.
Darnell spent one year at Lake before taking the job at Union.
Standing at just 5-foot-6 and 220 pounds, some coaches might just overlook Lake’s Cole Nester.
Head coach Tate Hanna said he would take as many Cole Nesters as he could get. Nester, a rising senior is the latest addition to The Newton County Appeal’s Elite 11 team.
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.
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
Union native and current Union Middle School Principal Tyler Hansford has been sele
This past week was quite an exciting week in sports.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament was as fun as any that I can remember. The only one I can remember that was more fun was the year Mississippi State made it to the Final Four. But for sheer enjoyment, the opening weekend was great.
Union native and current Lake High School Principal Lee Killen, has been selected as the next principal of Union Middle School. He was hired during a special called board meeting on Tuesday, April 3.
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.
It wasn’t the start or the finish that Tate Hanna envisioned when he took the head football job at Lake High School.
The Hornets opened the season at Pelahatchie and suffered a heartbreaking 14-12 loss when the Chiefs scored with seven seconds in the game.
Union police arrested two men for car theft last week.
UPD Chief Billy Pat Walker said the department learned that James B. Rice, 31, and Joshua A. Andrews, both of Neshoba County, were spotted in Kosciusko. The two were suspected in the taking of a motor vehicle from the Hilltop Nursing Home in Union on Dec. 12.
Newton County suffered its first vehicular fatality of 2018 on Tuesday evening.
Darryl Henderson, 54, of Union, was killed in a head on collision at around 5:17 p.m. at the I-20 exit on Hwy. 80 near the Marathon gas station.
The Newton Chamber of Commerce is hosting its seventh annual Whistlestop Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Former chamber executive directors Leigh Anne Whittle and Angie Burks started the event eight years ago to give Newton County residents a local option for Christmas arts and crafts shopping.
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Johnston of Decatur announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Maegan Leigh Johnston, to Jim Q. “JQ” Tatum IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Q. Tatum III of Taylor.
The couple will exchange vows this spring in Taylor.
After opening the season with two wins last week, the Union Yellowjackets dropped three out of four games last week.
The Yellowjackets dropped their first contest of the season on Tuesday in a 7-3 loss to Northeast Lauderdale. On Friday night, Union dropped an 8-2 decision to Newton County.
Former Northwest Mississippi Community College and Ole Miss basketball standout and current Holmes Community College women’s assistant coach LaTaryl Williams is the new head women’s basketball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Newton United Methodist Church will be again be hosting its annual Live Drive-Through Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 3.
Volunteers from NUMC and the surrounding community will participate in live depictions of scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.
For the first time, Newton County Christmas music lovers will get to see The Fellowship’s praise band’s annual Christmas concert in a new venue and at a new time.
This year, the praise band will be performing at the Roxy Theater in Newton at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
The deadline for House committees to pass Senate bills occurred Tuesday, Feb. 27. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of these committees died. Throughout the rest of the week, the House met to discuss these bills. Representatives passed a number of Senate bills, including the following:
The Distinguished Young Woman program for Newton County will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at ECCC’s Huff Auditorium.
Doors will open around 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and program books will be $5.
They are competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Newton County for 2019. They are all juniors.
Newton County residents woke up this morning to find everything nearly covered in white as the area received its first snow fall in several years on Friday morning.
After light rain fell throughout Thursday night and early Friday morning, the snow started and has not let up as of 10:30 a.m.