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Morning Hornet bonds validated
Stanton Springs

MADISON, Ga. - Bonds for Morning Hornet, the $42 billion project expected to go into Stanton Springs, were validated Wednesday morning in Morgan County Superior Court.

With Judge Amanda Petty, of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, presiding, the bonds and final judgment were approved in court.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley said there had been no objections brought forward to his office about the bonds. Attorney Andrea Grey represented the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties and said she had not received any objections either.

The JDA approved the bonds Jan. 23.

Morning Hornet has been described as a subsidiary of a larger technology-based company looking to locate a data center at Stanton Springs. The four-phase project will be located completely in Newton County, with only the first phase guaranteed.

A report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle indicated Facebook will build the data center, but local officials have refused to confirm or deny reports until the deal is completed.

Shane Short, the executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County, said there is no set timetable for the announcement of the project and there “is still business to take care of.”

Serra P. Hall, senior project manager for the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development, said there are a few agreements left to be finalized that are pertinent to the project.

“It looks like the timeline should be wrapping up in about 60 days,” she said.

The Covington News filed a request for a copy of the final judgment signed by Judge Petty, but had not received it by press time.