Hurst confirmation is impressive

By BRENT MAZE,

Before I start my column, I told new U.S. District Attorney Mike Hurst that I’d give you a greeting from him.

Mike says “hello” to everyone in Newton County.

Now that I got that out of the way, it is impressive to note that a Newton County native is now serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. It’s even more impressive that Mike was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. It seems like it’s impossible to get anything done in Washington right now.

I think that’s an outstanding vote of confidence that senators across the aisle are showing Hurst. Other appointments are still awaiting confirmation, but Hurst’s approval came not long after President Donald Trump recommended him for the appointment.

Biewer project  nears completion

The Newton Board of Aldermen took a big step to helping finish the Biewer Sawmill construction project at the Newton Industrial Park. They approved the contractor to build the rail spur for the sawmill.

I know things are already hopping at the plant right now, but I can’t imagine how much more the volume will increase after they get the rail spur into Newton. That has been one of the biggest hangups with them reaching full capacity.

Currently, they are shipping their finished product via tractor-trailers to a place where they can put it on railcars for shipping back to their home facilities in the Midwest.

Biewer officials are ready to get the rail spur in because it would significantly decrease the cost of freight to ship everything.

And I also think they could truly be working at full capacity for four days a week in the sawmill. If they get to full capacity, they might even lead to future expansions if everything goes well.

As this continues, I am optimistic that we will continue to see growth in Newton and all of Newton County. Their success will help us achieve our success

Contact Brent at bmaze@-newtoncountyappeal.com.