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More of what we experienced on Sunday is making a repeat performance today. Plenty of sunshine mixed in with a few high level clouds. Dry weather will stick around for most of the week with another upper level system returning for the later half of next weekend.




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Former Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles appointed to Newton County Constable's position

NEWTON COUNTY - by Mike Lout/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting

Former Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles is once again wearing a gun and a badge.


Rowles has been selected to fill unexpired term of Newton County Precinct 4 Constable David Kaufman, who recently resigned from the position.


Rowles was sworn in on Friday in a special ceremony at the Newton County Courthouse by Newton County Judge Truman Dougharty.


Rowles served as Sheriff of Jasper County from 1997 to 2005 and was in the office during the murder of James Byrd Jr., a crime that would be known around the world. In the days following the heinous act, Rowles and former District Attorney Guy James Gray would become well known through the media for their investigation and prosecution of the case.


After deciding not to seek re-election and leaving office in 2005, Rowles was employed by Morian and Kahla Law Firm, here in Jasper, where he has served as an investigator. However, in the last two years he worked part time as a bailiff at the Jasper County Courthouse.


Prior to his election as Sheriff in 1997, Rowles, who is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, served as a trooper for almost 28 years for the Texas Department of Public Safety.


Rowles, who has been a resident of Newton County for a short time, after he and his wife built a home there, said that he was looking forward to once again serving the people.




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