Newton County is implementing changes to address issues discovered during the forensic audit of the county's financial practices last year, according to a news release from Newton County Public Information Officer Bryan Fazio.
In the Jan. 15 edition of The Covington News, a legal noticed was published on order of the Superior Court of Newton County State Court of Georgia. The notice was an "Order to Publish Grand Jury Presentments" recommending a deeper look into the county's forensic audit.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a four-hour meeting Tuesday night before a mostly full chamber at the Historic Newton Courthouse. Many in the large crowd had come to get information on and express their concerns to the board about the county's pending agreement with Advance Disposal Systems Inc. (ADS) for trash pick-up in unincorporated parts of the county.
The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) unanimously passed a motion to allow the authority chair and selection committee to work towards an agreement for solid waste collection services with Advanced Disposal Inc., which would include keeping the 11 Newton County Recycling Centers open through the end of June and offering countywide curbside pickup options.
The Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, located at 4136 Georgia Highway 278, will be the Covington/Newton County Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Operations Center for this weekend's predicted winter storm starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
Newly elected Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes readied himself to take a different kind of oath during the Swearing In Ceremony of county elected officials on Dec. 29 at the Historic Courthouse.
The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors supported Director Anthony Avery this week and took no actions against his employment after reviewing a forensic audit released by Frazier and Deeter CPAs and Advisors and commissioned by the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).
The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation or Newton County District Attorney have not released any findings from a forensic audit of Newton County operations conducted by David Sawyer of Frazier and Deeter but fallout from the more than 200-page report has surfaced in Newton County.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia Highway 162 renamed to the Deputy Justin White Memorial Highway.