Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien appeared in court Thursday as his lawyer, John L. Straus, filed a request for continuance. Judge Horace J. Johnson granted the request and set the next hearing for Thursday, June 23.
With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites are being set up in downtown Porterdale, at Covington Mill United Methodist Church and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford. A mobile unite will serve at least one mobile trailer park on Highway 36, and Action Ministries is partnering with the summer feeding program at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Two Newton County students have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars and will receive good-through-graduation, full-ride scholarships to use at any accredited college or university in the country. Tyrik Grant, 17, son of Tarrian Grant Burnett and Kenneth Burnett, and Jesse Eldell are among the 89 Georgia students who will receive one of the scholarships.