County line dispute awaits court hearing
The boundary line dispute between Newton and Rockdale counties is now waiting a hearing date in Fulton County Superior Court. Although Secretary of State Ben Fortson ruled Nov. 13 that the line be moved so that 61 residents and a construction firm in Rockdale Coun- ty would be in Newton County, a temporary order from Fulton County Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer restrained him from recording the survey and plat. The dispute concerns the area which runs from the point where Big Haynes Creek empties into the Yellow River to Peachstone Shoals, according to a suit filed against Fortson by the 61 residents, Pinewood Construction Co., and Rockdale County Commissioner Bobby Brisendine. “The heart of said controversy concerns itself with the location of the southern end of said boundary line and whether said boundary line ends at the uppermost point, middle or end of Peachstone Shoals or South River,” according to the suit. The Rockdale Countians contend that since a surveyor Roger Cordes, was appointed by Governor Jimmy Carter at the request of the Newton County Grand Jury and since they were not notified of a hearing April 9, the feel they have not had the opportunity to contest the boundary change. They also contend in the suit they would be “adversely affected” if their legal domicile is changed from Rockdale County to Newton County because a change would affect “the degree and quality of fire protection” and that the children would be required to change school systems in the middle of the year. The hearing is expected to be set in 30 days.