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Schools, government offices closed today

Newton County offices will remain closed today, according to Chairman Keith Ellis. He said the county will make a decision by 5 p.m. on whether to return to the offices on Thursday based on the road conditions.

“The roads we treated before and after midnight are beginning to refreeze. A lot of businesses in Newton County have closed and their parking lots are not safe,” Ellis said. “We ask residents to be patient. We are retreating the over 750 miles of roads within the county as well as helping DOT treat some of the state routes. The Public Works Department has been working in shifts and some dispatchers have not slept. In order to keep them safe as well as the citizens, we ask for people to stay at home a little bit longer.”

Newton County schools are also closed today. Covington City Hall is open.