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Quinnie Roberts Civil War Monument Downtown Newton
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 centralized.

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 Baptist First Assembly of God Bethel Baptist First United Methodist
Pilgrim Home Baptist Piney Grove Assembly of God Pinckard Baptist

Business Leaders & Friends of Newton Alumni Association
Thanks for Patronizing these businesses for they contribute regularly to the Association.
Newton Elementary School
523 South College St
Newton, AL 36352

Phone: (334) 299-3581
NES Website

Eric Andrews

(334) 445-5564
Dale County Board of Education
The mission of Dale County Schools is to develop life-long learners who have personal, economic, technological and social skills needed to be a member of a global society


Ben Baker
Dale County

202 Hwy 123, Suite E
Ozark, AL 36360

Phone: (334) 774-2355
Dale BOE Website
Jacks Drugs
15073 S. U.S. Highway 231
Midland City, FL 36350
Phone: (334) 983-4191
Jacks Drugs Website
Jacks Discount Drugs
Dothan Branch
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"
Friend Bank
Newton Branch

465 S. College ST
Newton, AL 36352
Phone: (334) 299-3144

Friend Bank Website
Dothan Branch
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
Wiregrass Federal Credit Union
326 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL 36305
Phone: (334) 793-3667 or (800) 255-0659
Fax: (334) 793-5674
Access24: (334) 702-9608
Wiregrass FCU Website
Andalusia Branch
1602 MLK Express
Andalusia, AL 36420
Phone: (334) 222-4218
Fax: (334) 222-0455
Access24: (334) 427-4668
Marianna Branch
4695 Hwy 90
Marianna, FL 32446
Phone: (850) 482-3649
Fax: (850) 482-2798
Access24: (850) 526-5556

Wednesday & Sunday
10:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 


PHONE: (334) 702-9030

Mildred's Website

Representative Steve Clouse
Representative Clouse was Elected in 1994
Affiliation: Republican
District: House District 93 - Dale County, Houston County
Phone Number: (334) 242-7717
Ozark Address:
PO Box 818
Ozark, AL 36361-0818
Office: 11 S Union St. Ste 410-D
Montgomery, AL 36130-2102
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.

Representative Clouse was born February 7, 1956 and received his B.A. from the University of Alabama.

He is Vice-President of the Clouse Marketing Company and is a member of Ozark First United Methodist Church. He has served as past president of the Ozark Rotary Club, is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Ozark Boys and Girls Club, the former chairman of the Dale County United Way and also a member of the Regional Revolving Loan Committee.

He is married with Two Children

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