The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Senate Bill 423 in a special called meeting Monday night. The board's decision paved the way for Newton County's charter to be signed by Governor Nathan Deal.
Newton County's enabling act, which determines the form of government and how the county is run, passed through the State Senate on March 11 and through the State House as a substitute act on Wednesday.
Betty Jackson Hilliard, 84, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016. Mrs. Hilliard was born in Sandersville to the late Ernest and Annie Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Lee Hilliard, Sr., and son Billy Lee Hilliard, Jr. Betty is survived by her daughter and son in law Vicky and John Fowler of Newborn; son Craig Hilliard of Covington; Nieces Jean Jackson and Kathy Jackson of Sandersville; nephew Ken Jackson of Sandersville; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Three Newton County non-profit organizations were presented grants of $5,000 each by the Newton Fund at the Georgia Wildlife Federation building on Hazelbrand Road during Wednesday's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link.