Tony Michael Lovering, of Colquitt, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 7, 2016, at 5 p.m. at Oak Valley Cemetery.
Emily S. Betts, 92, of Covington, passed away October 2, 2016. Betts exemplified the attributes of being a member of "the greatest generation." She was a devoted mother, even while maintaining a demanding career. The love and care of her family was utmost in her heart and mind. Emily was a voracious reader, loved art and was an excellent seamstress and upholsterer. She was gifted in making floral arrangements. It brought her great joy to share these talents with others. She was an avid Braves' fan and supported them, win or lose. When they were playing she could be found ...
For the first time in its 194-year history, the City of Covington has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
John Carl Bledsoe passed away on October 2, 2016, surrounded by his family. A longtime resident of Ocala, John was born and raised in Covington. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech and was proud to be a Mechanical Engineer. John served his country as a Naval Aviator and carried his passion for flight throughout his life. He was a successful businessman, passionate golfer, Eagle Scout, devoted friend, loving father, and dedicated member of First United Methodist Church.
Jerry "Red" McDonald of Oxford, 66, passed away October 1, 2016. Jerry owned his own landscaping company, Jerry Mc Donald Landscaping, for more than 45 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and traveled all over the country filling this passion. When not working, Jerry was in the woods! He cherished his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Martin and Ruby (Shaw) McDonald; brother, Reese McDonald; and three infant sisters.
On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).