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New north Newton fire station officially open
Fire station 8
County first-responders and current and former elected officials prepare to ceremonially open Fire Station 8 on Gum Creek Road in Oxford. - photo by Tom Spigolon

Newton County cut the ribbon on the new Fire Station 8 today, 

The station on Gum Creek Road in north Oxford was built with proceeds from the 2011 SPLOST approved by Newton County voters.

The 11,000-square-foot structure cost $2.7 million.

Fire Chief Mike Conner said homes in the area formerly given an ISO rating of 10 could see the rating drop to 4 and lead to lower insurance costs.

Newton County Fire Service formerly responded to the north Oxford area from Station 9 on Mt. Zion Road, which is about five miles from the new station site, and Station 1 in Covington, officials said.