Throwing Out a Lifeline

Opened in 2016, the Newton Pregnancy Resource Center utilizes a small staff and a group of volunteers to provide services free of charge to mothers in need, regardless of age, race or religion.

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They Call Me Mr. Jack

Jack Simpson served under legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and was assigned to several historic cases during his remarkable law enforcement career, including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now 96, he still reports to work three days a week as an investigator with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Shepherds of the Sun

Snapping Shoals EMC—in partnership with the Newton College and Career Academy—operates the first sheep-resident solar farm in the state of Georgia.

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Faith, Football and Finance

Once a star running back at Georgia Tech, Jerry Mays discovered a career in banking through a series of divine appointments and eventually settled in Newton County with his wife and two children.

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Voices for the Voiceless

Having experienced the devastating loss of two special-needs children, the Hopkins family has set out to eliminate the stigma surrounding marijuana and bring to light its potential medical benefits.

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Sacred Ground

Frederich L. Johnson for more than a decade has made it his mission to reclaim abandoned cemeteries in Newton County, preserving history with annual cleanups in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.

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Witness to Infamy

Wayne Shelnutt was aboard the USS California in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan dragged the United States into World War II. Now 104 years old, the Newton County resident remembers those events with chilling clarity.

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An Old Life Made New

Jeremy Houston credits the Celebrate Recovery program at Eastridge Community Church with rescuing him from substance abuse and the dead end that often accompanies it.

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