NISD Announces Honor Students

The Valedictorian of Newton High School for the Class of 2020 is Ms. Whitney Gipson.  Whitney is the daughter of Brian and Carla Gipson of Newton.  After graduation, Whitney plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to major in Nursing.  She then plans to further her career by attending medical school to study…

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The “Livestock” Show Must Go On

By Heather Foster Even through a pandemic, the show must go on … the livestock show that is.  With a terribly uncertain February, and then a very worrisome March, we have had to experience life in a pandemic.  Terms social distancing and flattening the curve are now part of our vernacular and slowing down in…

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15 Homes Completed in Newton County

Newton County was proud to present Eloise Holmes of Old Salem the keys to her new home funded by the 2016 Newton County Housing Program on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  On hand to witness Mrs. Homes receiving her keys was Louise Nichols, her twin sister, and her grandson, Jesse Holmes with his family, wife Stacy…

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Chase Ends in Head-On Collision

Officer Bailey Deaton Twenty-nine year old, Michael Land, Jr. has been charged with stealing a Newton County Sheriff’s Department patrol car and running head-on into a Newton Police Department patrol car during a chase in Newton County. According to Sheriff Billy Rowles and City Police Chief Will Jackson, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, around 2:00…

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Local NHS Student Named Student of Integrity by BBB

The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas announced the names today of the students who earned the Student of Integrity Scholarships, awarded by the BBB Foundation.  The honorees were selected by a team of independent judges from candidates representing an 8 and a half county region. The designees will receive a one-time, $2,500 scholarship payable…

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Senior Drive-By For NHS Students This Week

A Senior Drive-By was hosted at Newton High School this past week on May 12, 2020.  Seniors came by from 9 to 11 a.m. to pick up their graduation pictures along with their caps and gowns.  The message to the students for the event was “Donut forget, we miss you!”  Teachers and staff of NISD…

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Another Home Completed Under Newton County Housing Assistance Program

Courtesy Sherie Goin Marks, Project Manager APTIM|Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. Keys were presented to Evelyn and Anthony Cooper in Wiergate on May 6, 2020 for their new home constructed under the 2015 Newton County Housing Assistance Program.  The Cooper’s home was damaged by multiple disaster events and most recently by Hurricane Harvey.  The two bedroom…

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Chase Ends in Crash with Newton Police Patrol Car

  A Newton Police Officer is in the hospital after a chase that ended in a head-on collision. A deputy from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle near the courthouse square in Newton on a welfare concern around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The driver refused to respond to deputies. A scuffle ensued…

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Arrest Made In Payton Holmes Murder Case

According to Sheriff Billy Rowles, Decorrian Cordell Holmes turned himself in to Jefferson County on Saturday, May 9, 2020 and was arraigned Sunday morning by Justice of the Peace, Brenda Smith, for the murder of his cousin – 31 year old Payton DeAndre’ Holmes.  The shooting occurred on Friday, May 1, 2020 in the Jamestown…

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