Newton Food Share, Feeding Newton County During Some Tough Times

Courtesy Joe Miller In March, Newton Food Share started our Coronavirus food distribution operations by changing to a drive-through system.  The new system worked very well.  We have been blessed with some really great volunteers and support from the local community.  Those who have pitched in to help include: folks from Kansas, Florida, Seabrook, Houston,…

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Mobile Testing Site in Deweyville Set for May 13th

On Wednesday, May 13th a mobile testing site will be held at the Newton County Sub- Courthouse in Deweyville, Texas. You will be screened if you have: •Fever and or Chills •Cough- dry or productive •Fatigue •Body Aches/Muscle or Joint Pain •Shortness of Breath •Sore Throat, Headaches •Headaches, Nausea/Vomiting, Diarrhea •Nasal congestion •Loss of Taste…

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Fatal Shooting in Newton County

Sheriff Billy Rowles reported that a fatal shooting occurred in the Jamestown Community on County Road 1020 on Friday, May 1.  According to Sheriff Billy Rowles, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 9:17 a.m. stating that a shooting had occurred.  It was understood by Sheriff Rowles that there had been a…

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Arson Case in Newton County – $2,000 Reward

The Newton Volunteer Fire Department and Texas A&M Forestry Service were dispatched on Sunday, May 2, 2020, around 2:10 p.m. to an area between Highway 87 South and South Loop 505 inside the city limits of Newton.  The fire was approximately 200 yards from the electrical sub-station, located directly across the street from Rosewood Assisted…

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Two New Homes for Families in Bon Wier (continued)

On Friday, April 24, 2020, Newton County presented keys to two more 2016 Newton County Housing Application Program homeowners.  Mattie Witmer, along with David and Patricia Irvin, all of Bon Wier were proudly on hand to accept their keys. Patricia Irvin stated “It has been proven to me that you can depend on Newton County…

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Two New Homes For Families in Bon Wier

On Friday, April 24, 2020, Newton County presented keys to two more 2016 Newton County Housing Application Program homeowners.  Mattie Witmer, along with David and Patricia Irvin, all of Bon Wier were proudly on hand to accept their keys. Mattie Witmer accepted her keys with her son Wesley and three of her great-grandchildren.  When asked…

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Tornado Rips Through Newton County

Photo courtesy of Carla Gipson A huge system of thunderstorms created a tornado that came through East Texas on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, causing damage to Polk, Tyler, Jasper and Newton counties.  Several lives were lost in Polk County, but thankfully there were no other serious injuries in the other counties considering the size of…

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Armstrong in Custody

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Anthony Eugene Armstrong, age 32, was captured and arrested by Deputy Blueitt of the Newton County Sheriff’s Department in Nacogdoches, Texas. Armstrong was from the Bon Wier community and was arrested for assault causing bodily injury family violence with previous conviction, which is a 3rd degree Felony.  He…

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