Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a planned protest outside the Historic Courthouse Tuesday night.
Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery would be located at Georgia Highway 162 and County Line Road.
County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 deadline, despite a legal notice of a public hearing regarding a possible extension that ran in the Aug. 28 edition of The Covington News.
The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a mosque and Muslim cemetery were coming to the area.
When Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis accused two commissioners of blackmail in a written statement earlier this week, he did so despite having been told months ago by the district attorney that there was no evidence of the crime.
In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted within "its Constitutional and statutory authority" when it adopted a five-week moratorium on permits for places of worship during its Aug. 16 meeting.