Hurricane Gustav may not have been as powerful as many people feared, coming ashore Monday as a Category 2 storm, but it was strong enough to blow many gulf-area families into Newton County over Labor Day weekend.
So far in 2008, Alcovy's volleyball season has been mired with inconsistent play and tough losses. Chalk one more up to both. The Lady Tigers dropped matches to Mt. Zion and North Clayton 25-15, 24-26, 23-25 and 7-25, 18-25 in Region 8-AAAA play Tuesday.
The county reopened Hightower Trail Bridge Tuesday afternoon after a year and a half closure to the delight of the fire department and emergency medical services who will no longer have to make long detours around the bridge.
Mr. Walter Lee Aikens died Aug. 25. The youngest son of Mr. Tom Will Aikens and Mrs. Susie Bell Banes Aikens, he was born in 1941 in Newton County. He joined Early Hope Baptist Chuch at an early age and was a devoted husbnd, father, grandfather and friend. He attended J.P. Carr School. He was a chef and worked with Hercules for many years. He also worked for Vantage and did construction work for a stucco company. Mr. Aikens was preceded in death by sisters Ms. Maggie Aikens, Ms. Sarah Johnson, Ms. Olivia Jackson; brothers Mr. Henry Aikens, Mr ...
Mr. Willie James Ashby died Aug. 25. The son of the late Mr. Jimmy Cliff Ashby and Mrs. Lillie B. Ashby, he was born in 1936 in Newton County. He joined Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church at an early age.
Ronald E. (Ron) Carter passed away Aug. 30 following a brief illness. He was born in 1941 in Porterdale to John and Kathleen Carter and was a live-long resident of Newton County. In June of 1964 he married Elizabeth (Libby) Wright and remained a devoted and loving husband throughout their 44 years together. He showed great devotion to their three sons as well as to his extended family and friends.
Ollie Mae Smith Thacker, 85, of Covington, died Sept. 1. The daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice Martin Smith, she was a member of Hopewell A.R. Presbyterian Church, enjoyed family vacations to Daytona Beach, Fla. and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Thacker was preceded in death by husband Norman Edgar Thacker; daughter Eunice Gail Thacker and son Terry Wayne Thacker.
Theresa Ann Williamson, 55, of Monroe, died Aug. 23 at Walton Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Williamson enjoyed bingo, going on vacations, Christmas time, watching football games with her husband, shopping at Wal-Mart and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and was preceded in death by her son Anthony Frederick Williamson.