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Administration building to be dedicated Sunday
State Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is keynote speaker for event

COVINGTON - A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St. will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be the keynote speaker for the event.

All residents are invited to attend.

"It will be an excellent opportunity for people to browse through the new building and see the facilities and become more familiar with it," said Board of Commissioners Chairman Aaron Varner. "They'll have the opportunity to ask questions of the people who occupy it. We're certainly looking forward to showing off our new facility."

The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Varner, followed by an invocation from Pastor David Payne of The Church at Covington.

The Sgt. Newton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Becky Ramsey will present the U.S. flag, which will be followed by the presentation of the colors and raising of the flag by the Georgia Army National Guard, B Company, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry.

The Newton County Community Band will perform the National Anthem under the direction of T.K. Adams.

Cagle's speech will be followed by a ribbon cutting and tour of the building, which houses the Tax Assessors and Tax Commissioner's offices; Environmental Health; Planning and Development; Information Systems and GIS departments; and the Newton County Board of Elections.

The $8.9 million building is being funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues.

It was constructed at 40,000 square feet with the capability of expanding an additional 20,000 square feet. A parking deck that will serve the building is expected to be completed in December.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.