Newton Man Injured In Single Vehicle Crash

Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a single vehicle crash on State Hwy. 87 North in Newton County.  The accident took place just north of FM 1414.  The initial investigation indicated that a Dodge Caravan was traveling southbound on 87 at an unsafe…

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NISD Announces Its Plan For New School Year

With all the challenges and changes COVID-19 has created for the current situation in teaching school, a new plan is in place for NISD.  Of course, the plan is subject to change, due to the fact that regulations change as needed according to the government, TEA and UIL.  Superintendent, Michelle Barrow said that NISD is…

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High Temps Predicted this Week

The National Weather Service is urging folks to use caution when working outdoors this week. Temperatures with a heat index of 113 to 116 are expected this week, so you may want to look at these precautionary actions. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up…

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Lane Closures Beginning July 14 on FM 2991

We received a report from the Texas Department of Transportation that beginning Tuesday, July 14th through early August  expect alternating lane closures along FM 2991 due to road repairs. 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Take a few extra minutes to be on time! Stay safe out there.

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Newton County Has Surpassed Limit

Due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases, Newton County has now surpassed the limit under the Governors Order GA-29, exceeding the 21 infected persons.  Therefore, as of today, July 9, 2020 the Governors Order requiring people within the County to wear a protective facial covering when inside a commercial entity or other building or…

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Mobile Test Collection Coming To Newton

A Mobile Test Collection will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Newton County Fair Grounds from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  You will be screened to see if you have fever and/or chills; cough (dry or productive); fatigue; body aches/muscle or joint pain; shortness of breath; sore throat; headaches; nausea/vomiting/diarrhea; nasal congestion;…

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Lightning Believed To Cause House Fire

Around 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, the Newton Volunteer Fire Department was called out to Fairpark Lane to the home of Coach Wayne Carter of Newton. We spoke with Coach Carter and he said that the electricity had gone out during the thunderstorm with a lot of lightning.  When the power came back…

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Region 5 ESC Names Barrow as Superintendent of the Year

Region 5 Education Service Center is pleased to announce its regional winner for TASB’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year, Michelle Barrow of Newton ISD.  Ms. Barrow has served as superintendent there for the past five years. Ms. Barrow has exhibited exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance, which is the very mission of the…

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Newton Food Share Requires Masks For Customers

The Newton Food Share will be open this Thursday, July 9, 2020, for the regular distribution to qualified customers and those impacted by COVID-19.  They will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for people whose last names begin with the letters A through K. Because of the recent increase in COVID-19 numbers in…

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Judge Weeks Signs Exemption Form for Mask Requirement

Governor Greg Abbott’s latest order requires Texans living in counties with more than 20 cases of Covid-19 to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building open to the public. Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks has filed the exemption form signifying that Newton County does not have…

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