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Col. Bert Gilmore

Services for Col. Bert Gilmore were held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at Sebastopol Baptist Church. Burial with military honors was in the Sebastopol City Cemetery. Dr. David Rives and Rev. J. Clark officiated.

Taylor releases first book


The Rev. Bruce Taylor has released his first book, a devotional entitled “That Still Small Voice: Hearing the Voice of God in the Commonplace.”

Taylor, who is a retired Methodist minister and a Decatur native, said he has been working on this project for the last two decades.

Johnnie Keith

Services for Mrs. Johnnie Keith of Decatur were held 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Dr. Billy Williams officiated.

Visitation were held one hour prior to the service (10-11 a.m.) on Friday at the church.


Fire engulfs Newton home


A home on Third Avenue in Newton was gutted by a fire this afternoon.

Firefighters from Newton, Decatur and Hickory responded to the blaze, which consumed the interior of a brick home that had a chimney.

There were no apparent injuries from the fire as of this afternoon. The cause is under investigation.

1 dead in wreck on 494

One man is dead after a single car wreck on Highway 494 Tuesday.

Mississippi Highway Patrol reported Adrian Coleman, 49, of Meridian was traveling toward Union shortly after 1 p.m. when he lost control of his Toyota Sequoia rounding a curve. The vehicle left the road and struck a tree.


City mourns loss of Gordon


The City of Union suffered a huge loss this weekend as longtime Union Municipal Judge and Board of Aldermen Attorney Rex Gordon Jr., passed away suddenly late Saturday night.

Newton County coroner Danny Shoemaker said Gordon died of a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead just before midnight at Laird Hospital in Union.

Vincent to lead state’s SBC


Clarke-Venable Baptist Church pastor Mark Vincent has been named the president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Vincent, who has served at Clark-Venable since June 2004, said he wasn’t seeking the position, but after praying and thinking about the opportunity, he agreed to serve if he was elected.