Betty Jackson Hilliard, 84, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016. Mrs. Hilliard was born in Sandersville to the late Ernest and Annie Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Lee Hilliard, Sr., and son Billy Lee Hilliard, Jr. Betty is survived by her daughter and son in law Vicky and John Fowler of Newborn; son Craig Hilliard of Covington; Nieces Jean Jackson and Kathy Jackson of Sandersville; nephew Ken Jackson of Sandersville; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Three Newton County non-profit organizations were presented grants of $5,000 each by the Newton Fund at the Georgia Wildlife Federation building on Hazelbrand Road during Wednesday's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link.
Former Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Aaron Varner said friends had been asking him for a while if he would run for political office again. He decided he would "sleep on it" the night of Wednesday, March 9, and the next day woke up still perplexed about whether or not he should run, once again, for Chair.
The Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration from Newton County, Covington and the Covington Main Street program was themed Hallowed Ground and featured readings and performances from several community members.