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March 31, 2014

Newton targets downtown development

NEWTON, Miss. — Government and business interests in Newton say several projects getting underway should help bring people downtown in the Newton County community.

Among them is the opening of a farmer's market later in the spring, WTOK-TV reported.

"We're trying to get farmers to commit and make sure that we're actually going to have enough to pull this off," said Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Amanda Blackburn. "But we've had fantastic feedback from the community about it. So, we're just super excited, and we hope that we can get it started in May."

Mayor David Carr said the city also has launched a project aimed at upgrading streets in the community of about 3,700 people.

"We'll be bidding it out within the next month," he said. "It's for a little over $2 million. We're going to pave five of our major thoroughfare streets in several of the neighborhoods including those by the schools up here."

And Carr said bids have been taken to provide wireless Internet access in downtown Newton. He said wireless access is expected to increase exposure for businesses and attractions in the downtown area.

Wireless service should be available in the downtown area by the end of summer, Carr said.

Installation of the service is expected to cost the city about $6,000, he said.


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