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Newton County has posted a job listing for an interim county manager in preparation for the departure of County Manager Lloyd Kerr.

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Newton County will enter into contract negotiations with attorney Megan Martin to become the county’s in-house legal advisor. The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to negotiate a six-month contract with Martin, which would place her contract renewal date in line with the renewals for county clerk and county manager.

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District 1 Commissioner Stan Edwards and the Newton County Bicentennial Committee, along with Keep Newton Beautiful, are hosting a community cleanup in District 1 providing service to the community during the 200th year of Newton County.

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Newton County’s fiscal year 2022 budget was sent back to the drawing board June 15 after commissioners questioned the size of the pay increase employees are slated to receive.

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A controversial convenience store permit stalled Tuesday night after the developer introduced changes not previously discussed and could not guarantee that a lawsuit related to development of a truck stop on adjacent property would be dropped.

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Three Newton County commissioners voted Tuesday night to rescind their votes to grant a $1,500 contribution to the upcoming Juneteenth celebration, citing the need to establish a policy for such donations and then follow that policy consistently for all 501c3 organizations.