Residents gathered for the Newton Homecoming Parade on Sept. 15 in downtown Newton, which concluded with a community pep rally on the west side of the square.

Several bands – including Georgia Thunderbolts, Whitey Morgan & The 78s and headliner The Marshall Tucker Band — performed during the inaugural Wild Cat Country Fest on June 18 in downtown Newton.

The Phoenix Phase Initiative held its second annual Run For Her Life 5K/Half-Marathon on May 7 in Newton. More than 120 runners and walkers participated to help the nonprofit organization raise money to fight against sexually trafficked women in third-world countries.