Floodwaters Directing Traffic Through Newton County

Photo by Heather Foster The square in Newton is like Grand Central Station. Due to flooding down south, traffic has been directed to Newton where the Texas State Highway Department is directing traffic to keep things moving. According to Sarah Dupre of TxDot, they are unsure of how long the traffic will be diverted through…

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Eagles Win Showdown Against West Orange Stark

Photo by Heather Foster Story by Jon Meek The atmosphere was electric and Singletary Stadium was packed to capacity.  Fans lined the fences on both sides of the field to see two of the greatest high school football programs in Southeast Texas battle it out on Barbay Field. West Orange Stark won the toss and…

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Stolen Backhoe Recovered in Newton County

On Friday, September 13, 2019 around 8 a.m., Sheriff Rowles received a call while working the school zone in Deweyville stating a stolen backhoe had been found by GPS on County Road 3136 in Newton County.  It seems the backhoe was stolen from a construction site in Jefferson County.  Sheriff Rowles  and Deputy Kevin Blakney…

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Deweyville Library Receives Disaster Relief Grant

In 2018 Newton County Public Library was the recipient of The Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project and received 35 new children’s books and an additional 22 Math and Science related books totaling over $1,000.  “Upon further research I discovered that The Pilcrow Foundation also offered a Disaster Relief Grant and it was the perfect opportunity…

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CommUNITY Block Party for BISD

Attention Burkeville students and families! BISD is charging into the new year with a CommUNITY Block party. Superintendent Ann Gardner is the new superintendent and has great hopes for BISD. One of her main goals is to see the community come together and get behind the students of her district. We spoke with Superintendent Gardner…

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In Remembrance 9/11

As September 11 approaches each year, my heart is heavy.  As a nation, there is a somber haze over us as we reflect on that dreadful day.  But as true as the pain and loss was, so too was the heroic response to the hurt and devastation by those called into action to defend and…

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Newton Man Arrested for Inappropriate Relationship with Step-daughter

On August 24, 2019, James Lee Gaona was arrested for accusations of an inappropriate relationship with his 12-year-old step-daughter.  According to the Probable Cause Affidavit prepared by Newton Police Chief William L. Jackson, the crime was accidentally discovered when explicit text messages were found on an Ipad.  Gaona was charged with sexual abuse of a…

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Newton’s Defense Cages The Tigers

Photo by Heather Foster Story by Jon Meek The #1 ranked Newton Eagles traveled to Silsbee Friday night to face the #7 ranked Silsbee Tigers.  The Tigers were coming off a loss to 5A PNG with a score of 48-35 in week 1 and were itching to knock off the Eagles and their 31-game winning…

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