COVINGTON — Three members of Newton County’s Public Facilities Authority sent a signal Tuesday night that bonding for a planned new fire station in eastern Newton County will be contingent on funding for special projects they want in their districts. Membership on the authority is made up of the five district commissioners.

The move by District 2 Commissioner Demond Mason, District 3 Commissioner Alana Sanders and District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson angered District 1 Commissioner Stan Edwards, whose district would be served by the new Fire Station 4 on Big Woods Road, where the county has already purchased property.

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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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