News during the year 1944 was consumed with the war effort. Throughout the Newport Independent, community members were organizing and working hard to send aid to those soldiers fighting. From the civic clubs rolling bandages to monetary contributions to the Red Cross, Newport and all the surrounding areas of Jackson County were supportive of the men and women overseas.
In May of 1944, Newport recognized the top academic students of the graduating class. All three were female in 1944; Miss Dorothy Taylor, Miss Mildred Ann Gaddy, and Miss Jane Pratt. Earlier in May of that year, Newport mourned the loss of George Logan “Squire” Robinson. Robinson “… was one of Newport’s beloved citizens and one who, perhaps more than any other, was intimately identified with its development from the very beginning.” He was born in 1866 near what is now Hickory Grove and literally grew up with Newport, which was founded when he was a young man. Robinson served as Justice of the Peace, was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
First Baptist Church of Newport purchased four lots on Main Street in May 1944. They were purchased from Wilmans and McCuistan for a consideration of $ 3,000. Rev. C.F. Wilkins, pastor at the time, said that the church had no plans to build until after the war. Earlier in March of 1944, The Funeral Department of the New Furniture and Undertaking Company was purchased by Ottie Dillinger. The funeral home was to be known as the Dillinger Funeral Home and was located at 113 Laurel Street.
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces invaded Europe. The Normandy landings, the largest amphibious invasion ever undertaken, took years to plan, involved the invention of new technologies and proved “that Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' was made of sand.” On the day at Omaha, little went to plan, most landing craft missed their targets and German defenses were unexpectedly strong. Nevertheless, the Allies secured a foothold on all beaches. From there they broke out into Normandy proper as German resistance faltered. D-Day stands out as one of the most crucial moments in history: along with the German collapse on the Eastern Front, the success of the Allies in the West ensured that the Nazi defeat was near.