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Local Bike Club Making Christmas Merry and Bright for Local Children

Article and photo by Heather Foster Despite the dreary overcast skies that had quickly turned into a deluge, a bright light in the kindness of others filled MeMaw’s Kountry Fixin’s in Bon Wier Saturday afternoon.  Members of the Hell’s Egos Motorcycle Club were there with Christmas toys for the community. Hell’s Egos slogan is, “One…

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Search Underway for Burkeville Man

Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles is asking for help finding a Burkeville man that is suspected of theft of equipment from the Dallas – Fort Worth area.  We spoke with the Sheriff on Monday and he said that his department recovered around $160,000 worth of stolen equipment on James Lee Evans property in Burkeville.  A…

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Go Texan Receives “Do-Gooder” Award

Newton Area Go-Texan received the 2020 “Do-Gooder” of the Year Award for Newton County during the 2020 Texas Forest Country Partnership (TFCP) Virtual Economic Development Summit on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The award presentation was made on behalf of the TFCP by Robert Allen, President & CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation; Adriana Cruz,…

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Phillips Receives Burlsworth Character Award

Newton football player, Robby Phillips, was recently honored with the Burlsworth Character Award.  This award honors those who give 100% on the field and exemplify moral character to their team as well.  Phillips was nominated by Newton’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Drew Johnson, who said, “Robby has been a guy that has always…

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

December 9, 2020 WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Laura from Aug. 23-27, 2020. Federal funding is available to the state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations…

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Cajun Joe’s Cafe Wins 1st Place Commercial

Commercial winners – 1st Prize for commercial decorating went to Cajun Joe’s Cafe.  Congratulations elves!  We know you put in lots of work to make the cafe shine this year.  Be sure to swing by the cafe at night to see the lights (look for the helicopter on top)!  2nd place went to Friends Liquor…

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1st Place Residential

Residential Winners – Oh my goodness!  The competition in the residential category was fierce.  The judges had a hard time choosing the winners, but after much Christmas deliberation, 1st Place went to Darren and Karrah Trahan on Ola Street with their winter wonderland.  They have added even more lights since this picture was taken.  Second…

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1st Place Parade Entry

Photo by Heather Foster The Christmas Parade was beautiful and we all enjoyed every one of the entries, but one entry shined the brightest!  A First Place trophy was awarded to Elizabeth Campbell Photography. The Second Place trophy was awarded to the Newton Queens float and Third Place went to Agape Academy.  Each entry was…

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Here Comes Santa Claus!

Photo by Heather Foster The Christmas season is off and running and with Santa coming to town, Christmas is officially on its way.  The courthouse square was abuzz with people from all over Newton County on Saturday night.  With vendors and cookies and fun for the kids, you could actually feel the joy and excitement…

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Fatality at the Intersection of Hwy. 87 & FM 2626

Updated: 2:51 p.m. Around 9:00 a.m. this morning,  a Newton man was killed and two others were injured at the intersection of Highway 87 and FM 2626. The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicates that a 2013 Dodge pickup truck was traveling northbound on SH 87.  A 2001 Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on FM…

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