The U.S. Department of Justice has been alerted by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to a moratorium on permits for places of worship by the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).
The possibility of a mosque coming to Newton County had citizens taking to social media and scrambling for answers, politicians looking into the county's zoning ordinances and Atlanta media descending on the Newton County Historic Courthouse last week.
Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed unanimously at the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, attended by a standing-room only crowd, Tuesday night.
An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.
The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to the next group of friends. They weren't talking at all. They weren't squirming, eager to leave. Their hands weren't swiping their faces to shoo away bugs. No, they were swatting away tears.
One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the Covington City Council and the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) this week.
Piedmont Healthcare has notified UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, Inc. of its intent to terminate its contract with Piedmont Newton Hospital on Jan. 31. The notification letter fulfills a 180-day pre-notification requirement in order to terminate the contract. With this termination, Piedmont Newton will join Piedmont's five other hospitals and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians as out-of-network with United.
Two nights after citizens showing concern for the possible closure of the county's convenience centers packed the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a board of commissioners meeting, a similar showing by Newton County residents was present during a meeting of the Solid Waste Authority (SWA).
The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) was granted the legal ability to work on the county's solid waste stream after the board of commissioners (BOC) approved an intergovernmental agreement on Tuesday between the authority and the county. The SWA will vote on whether or not to approve the agreement at its own meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.