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The Welcome Center Depot


       The Welcome Center will have a "Job Information" bulletin board with job positions posted.
 We encourage all area businesses to come by and post any positions they may have  available.
                             Texas Department of Transportation

                Apply online:

       Newton ISD  Position Bus Driver    Contact Johnny Metz 409.379.3068


Newton Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber has turned 50 this year!

The Chamber would like to thank everyone for their continued support!

Meeting Notes

The Chamber's next meeting will be July 10th.
 We continue to thank you for your support!

We are now located in The Welcome Center Depot at 201 W. Court St. We are next door to our
Caney Creek Walking Park. We have loads of information on Newton and surrounding areas.
Our meetings are the 2nd Thursday in the months of Jan./April/July/Oct
Time 12 noon- 1:00pm
We encourage all business to stop by and drop off any information they may have. The
Chamber is in the process of having "Welcome Packages" for newcomers to our area.
We would like for you to drop by for a visit!
Our office is opened Tuesday - Friday 9:00 -4:00 p.m.
(Closed Noon-1pm)


The Newton County maps are in!!
 The maps are $2.00 donation at the Chamber office.
We thank each and every one for their support!

The Welcome Center Depot
Newton Economic Development Corporation

Now have information for Hunters!
Have information on Public Hunting areas in Newton County!!

Have Courthouse Rededication T-shirts for sale!
Sizes from Child to Adult available!
Come check out the new neon Colors!

 Have a Fresh Pot of Coffee brewing!
Come by for a visit!

The Welcome Center Depot is located at 201 W. Court St. next door to the beautiful
Caney Creek Walking Park.  The Welcome Center was built by the N.E.D.C. and its
purpose is to promote the City of Newton, Newton County and all businesses.

OPEN:   Tuesday – Friday
     Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed from Noon to 1pm for lunch

The Welcome Center Depot has brochures and other information. We encourage our
business community to come by and leave any information you may have. The Welcome
Center now has several publications from the History Center for sale.
The Welcome Center will also have a selection of gift ideas from local artist for sale. The NABA
will have the items her all year long. A 20% of the sales go to the Christmas lighting.
For scheduling of events or meetings to have at Welcome Center.
Contact:          Gail Odom     409.379.5527   
Executive Director

 Newton Service Unit Salvation Army

April 24th Opening Day     Hope's Closet
(Located in the old hopital on Main St.)
Donations of gently used and washed items of all sizes are needed. Shoes,
Coat, Baby items, Toiletries, School supplies, Towels, Sheets...Etc...
As you know that the Salvation steps up during a house fire or any other disasters.
Hope's Closet will be able to help all of Newton County.
Volunteers are needed to work 2 Thursdays a month.
For more information call: Hope's Closet 409-382-2720

All funds donated to the Salvation Army Newton Service Unit stay right here!
All donations stay right here in Newton County! All donations are tax deductible.

Contact information: 409.379.3491 Keith Patterson

 Newton County Events/News

Newton County Fair April 29th- May 3rd
Check in for arts & crafts will be on Monady April 28th
need volunteers to help check in Cathy Pearson FCS Agent 379-4831
Come out and have a great time!!

Newton Relay For Life
May 17th  Newton High School 6pm - midnight

FMI: Courtney Tracy

Newton Lions Club

 The Newton Lions club will meet on May 1st in the Welcome Center Depot.

We hope that you will be able to join them!

The Lions Club Sweetheart is Victoria Johnston


Newton County Public Library

The Friends of Newton C Public Library would like to thank all who donated
and bought at their Easter Bake Sale!

Please drop by for a visit and support the NCPL!
Sharon Long / Director 409.379.8300

 History Center

The First African-American Cemetery book Biloxi Cemetery has been
finished by Kathy Knighton. There will be a formal presentation on March 23rd
at the Biloxi Cemetery.
The Shankleville Cemetery is Kathy's next project.

The History Center is in need of Donations to update their computer systems.

The computers are so loaded down with data that they are hard to operate.
Please drop by the History Center and give them your support!!!

The History Center has reported that the Courthouse book has sold well and that there
may be another book signing scheduled.  The Volunteer Luncheon has been planned
for April 9th at the new High School Restaurant. Rep. James White will be the speaker.

The History Center now has FOR SALE "Cemeteries of Newton County Texas".
For $25.00 you get a book listing all 122 cemeteries with their location, GPS reading,
history (if known) and 2
photos PLUS CD with a name index listing 16,100 people
now "resting" in Newton County. By placing the names on CD we will no longer take
forever updating our information. The
information will be updated 4 times a year.
Call the History Center for your copy TODAY!!
History Center Contact:
Jonnie Miller/Chair 379-2109

Powell Hotel Museum

Soup Kitchen served the last Soup Meal on Tues. Feb 25th.
Will start back again by end of 2014!


Hines Heritage Museum
Contact: Bobbye Tilley 409.381.1123 or 409.988.5409

Deep East Texas Archeological



For more information, please contact Jonnie Miller at the Museum at 409.379.2109 or
Dixie Dixon at 936.366.6029 Email


Newton Area Betterment Association

The NABA has merchandise for sale in the Welcome Center.
Please come and check out the great gifts and talent of local artist.

 Santa's Workshop call:
Pam Latiolias (president) 409-489-3066


Individuals & Businesses can choose between 6 1/2' or 9 1/2' trees. The trees will be a three year
sponsorship. Each tree includes a lighted sign to denot "In Memory of", "In Honor Of" or the name
of the Business. Sponsorship cost are $350 for small tree and $495 for large. Delivery time is two weeks.

To Sponsor a Tree contact the above contact NABA Members or Sandra Love 409-383-4492

2014 Chamber Membership Dues


The Newton Chamber of Commerce has started their 2014 Membership!

Chamber membership is not limited to business owners! Everyone is eligible to join the Chamber. Our goal is to PROMOTE NEWTON in every way that we can and everywhere we go!
Only Newton residents can PROMOTE NEWTON, so join in and help us succeed this goal!
Dues paid now are for the new Chamber fiscal year January 1, 2014 through December 2014.
Membership packages are: Chamber Friend (Individuals and Retirees) $30
Associate/Non-Profit $30, Basic Business $50
Silver $100, Gold $250 and Platinum $500.

For more information call 409-379-5527 or email at

Personal Message From  Executive Director

I am striving to keep our website updated with information about our area Businesses and all
other information that comes my way. Please send me any information that I may need to update.

Thank you all for your support!
Gail Odom

The Chamber Notes is a monthly newsletter of the Newton Chamber of Commerce and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of all Chamber members & directors. We invite all member’s comments and suggestions. If you are interested in providing information or a special feature for the newsletter or have a meeting or event, please contact:

Newton Chamber of Commerce
Gail Odom,  Executive Director
P.O. Box 66 Newton, Texas 75966
Telephone: 409-379-5527/
 409-382-2720 Fax: 409-379-9035