COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Commissioners has reached a $500,000 settlement agreement in a case filed by former Recreation Department director Anthony Avery, who claimed his firing in November 2017 was racially motivated, without due process and the result of a conspiracy against him.

Avery filed the federal Civil Rights suit in November 2018. Commissioners met in a closed session Tuesday to discuss mediation in the case. The county announced the settlement had been reached late Wednesday. The agreement is subject to approval by the Board of Commissioners, who will meet next Tuesday.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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