Local residents met on Monday night to voice concern about the possibility of an industrialized slaughterhouse coming to the city of Newton or Newton County; concerns both for the environmental and economic effect in Newton County. Authorities both in the county and city have reported no news of a slaughterhouse approaching either entity. Newton’s City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night and local residents gathered to present a petition for an ordinance to prevent any industrialized slaughterhouse in the city limits. Citizens voiced a concern that since the Newton County Correctional Facility is privately owned it would not need the approval of city or county officials to sell.
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