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NEWTON, ALABAMA--A PICTORIAL HISTORY
John Hutto Park
Sketoe Hanging Sign
Battle of Newton Sign
Newton Battle Photo
Old River Bridge
Old Train Trestle over Choctahattchee River
Old Newton High School
Civil War Monument
Newton was founded in 1843 after the formation of Coffee County from Dale County's western half, which rendered the original county seat of Daleville off-center. The town was a scene for Confederate recruiting during the Civil War, and was the site of a battle in March 1865 between local Home Guard troops and the elements of 1st Florida Calvary (US) operating out of Florida. The Federals were led by Joseph Sanders, a Dale County resident who had previously been a captain in the 31st Georgia infantry, but had later switched sides and joined the Federals. Seeking to burn the county courthouse, the attackers were repulsed when local troops ambushed their column as they entered the town. This event is commemorated by a monument located in downtown Newton and by annual re-enactments. (Battle of Newton Website)
On December 3, 1864, a Methodist minister named Bill Sketoe was lynched
just north of Newton by local Home Guardsmen led by Captain Joseph Brear.
Since Sketoe was tall, a hole had to be dug beneath his feet to accommodate
his large frame. Local legend insists that "the hole won't stay filled"
never vanished - even after being filled in numerous times during the years
that followed. Though covered in 1979 by a new bridge and tons of rip-rap,
"Sketoe's hole" remains a local attraction and was documented
by Alabama writer Kathryn Tucker Windham in her 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffery.
A monument to Sketoe was dedicated near the hanging site in 2006, and the
local museum displays items of Sketoe memorabilia.
Following a fire which destroyed the courthouse in March 1869, and the
formation of Geneva County in 1870 from the southern third of Dale and
Coffee Counties, voters relocated the county seat to Ozark, which was more
The Southern Star, one of the oldest newspapers in the Wiregrass area, was first published in Newton in 1867. It later relocated to Ozark, where it continues to be published today. Newton remained a port for river boats on the nearby Choctahattchee, until the railroad arrived in 1890. The Baptist Collegiate Institute operated in the city from 1898 to 1929. Its main building now housed the city's public library.
Churches in the Newton Area
First Assembly of God
First United Methodist
Pilgrim Home Baptist
Piney Grove Assembly of God
Business Leaders & Friends of Newton Alumni Association Thanks for Patronizing these businesses for they contribute regularly to
Newton Elementary School
523 South College St
Newton, AL 36352
Phone: (334) 299-3581
15073 S. U.S. Highway 231
Midland City, FL 36350
Phone: (334) 983-4191
Jacks Discount Drugs
1909 Honeysuckle Road
Dothan, AL 36305
Phone: (334) 836-0890
Bill Dixon, RPH
Michael Steinmetz, RPH
Abbie Davis, PHARMD "Providing excellent patient care
is the main priority at Jack's Drugs"
Newton Branch 465 S. College ST
Newton, AL 36352
Phone: (334) 299-3144 Friend Bank Website
3105 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 792-2550
Slocomb Home Office 220 East Lawrence Harris Hwy
PO Box 640
Slocomb, AL 36375
Phone: (334) 886-2367
Fax: (334) 886-2364
Representative Clouse is the former chairman of the Dale County United Way and is also a member of the Regional Revolving Loan Committee.
Representative Clouse is Vice-President of the Clouse Marketing Company and is a member of the First United Methodist Church. He has served as past president of the Ozark Rotary Club and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Ozark Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to being chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund
Committee, he is also Vice Chairman of the Joint Contract Review Committee
and is a member of the Military Stabilization Commission.
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