Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), and county resident and former BOC District 1 Commissioner, T. M. "Mort" Ewing submitted letters of resignation from the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties.
Just as Newton County's Director of Human Resources sent notices to the media on Tuesday, Dec. 22 that the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may vote on the hiring of a new county manager at the Jan. 5 meeting, Interim County Manager Harry Owens submitted his letter of resignation.
Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputies joined Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies and Conyers Police Tuesday in setting up a perimeter block along highways and roads in both counties after a witness reported a hit-and-run accident taking place in a parking lot, and a home improvement store called in an attempted robbery by force a few minutes later.
The Holiday season can often be hectic with decorations needing to be put up, family visiting, traveling and shopping. With all that going on it's easy for one's mind to drift, or for others to prey upon victims during the season.
Newton County has several matters awaiting a decision by the Board of Commissioners. The board has rightfully sought public input and employed citizen committees to study some of the most important items. Now, the time is approaching for the board to wrap up the studying and public meetings and make decisions that only it can make. Those decisions will impact every resident of Newton County, including residents of the municipalities.