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County approves grant funds
Board of Commissioners briefs
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Superior court grant received

The Newton County Adult Felony Drug Court received a unanimous decision from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday to receive money through a SAMHSA/BJA grant.

The amount of $319,000 was awarded for the Bureau of Justice Assistance portion of the grant, and $869,572 was awarded for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration part of the grant.
Fire Department assistance

Four intergovernmental mutual aid agreement for the Newton County Fire Services department were officially renewed Tuesday.

The agreements call for assistance on coverage one mile inside of Rockdale, Walton and Butts County, and five miles into the city of Social Circle.

Money coming for Lake Varner/Cornish Creek Park

The BOC approved a 50 percent match grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to go toward rehabilitating the playground and fishing pier within Lake Varner/Cornish Creek Park.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant is for $40,000, with the project slated to cost $80,000.


The premium on Newton County’s insurance coverage for non-fire service buildings and equipment increased $703 from October 2013 to 2014 to October 2014 to 2015. On the fire safety side, the insurance premium will decrease $7,364 in that same time period.

The insurance, with One Beacon, covers property, liability, inland marine equipment, vehicles and professional liability. The fire insurance with VFIS covers 31 buildings, 47 vehicles and hundreds of pieces of equipment from radios to Jaws of Life, general liability, management liability and excess liability.

Documents displayed

Commissioner John Douglas requested the addition of posting historical documents at the Newton County Historic Courthouse or Administration Building to Tuesday night’s agenda. Not only did the request get added to the agenda, but it passed unanimously.

Dr. Thomas Rush, Pastor of Berean Baptist Church, just past Hub Junction requested posting nine historical documents, in allowed by a new Georgia State code to be displayed publically. The documents includine the Mayflower Compact, 10 Commandments, the Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, Star Spangled Banner, National Motto, the Preamble to the Georgia Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and Description of Lady Justice.

The documents have been purchased by citizens of Newton County, and will be installed at no cost to Newton County.