Dear Editor: In reference to your article on Feb. 3 "Bear Creek Reservoir Back On Track," it would be very interesting to question Scott Cole as to how the deal with Jasper County fell through for "political reasons." Jasper County citizens were not enthusiastic about the "deal" because we, Jasper citizens, were to help pay for 25 percent of a reservoir (Bear Creek) that didn't exist and wasn't permitted, starting in 2004. At that time Jasper was to pay 25 percent of all the cost that Newton County SAID they had incurred, including land acquisition, over the past ...
Charles (Buddy) Bruce, 65, of Covington, died Feb. 4. The son of the late James and Allie Ruth Polk Bruce, he was a life-long resident of Newton County and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Bruce was employed by Tom Bruce Grading and enjoyed cutting wood and working on lawnmowers, trucks and cars. He enjoyed driving, loved animals and dearly loved his family. Mr. Bruce was preceded in death by sister Nellie Furguson and brothers Virlyn Bruce, Jimmy Bruce and Tim Bruce.
Mr. Buck Vine "Sam' Hardeman died Jan. 31 at DeKalb Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Ollie Thompson) Hardeman, he was born in 1940 in Newton County. He joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age, attended public schools and retired from Burch Lowe. He then began his own career in roofing. He and first wife Annette Belcher had 10 children; he and second wife Brenda Harris shared three children. Mr. Hardeman was a devoted father and was known for his humorous acts and story telling. He was preceded in death by siblings Margaret ...
Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton, 84, of Covington, died Feb. 2. The daughter of the late John William and Lula Mae McNabb Cagle, she was born in 1923 in Atlanta. She was of the Methodist faith and formerly lived in Forest Park before moving to Covington 18 years ago. She was preceded in death by husband Marshall Earl Newton.
Milton Hillard Shirley, 63, of Monticello, died Feb. 5 at his residence. Mr. Shirley was born in Oconee County, S.C., where he lived until the age of 14. After leaving South Carolina, he lived in Florida until moving to Jasper County over 40 years ago. His parents were the late Jesse Shirley and Ruby Burton Shirley. After 34 years, Mr. Shirley retired from the Hercules Plant in Covington. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Ida Neal Terrell died Jan. 26. The daughter of the late Mrs. Izola Gaither Williams, she was born in Mansfield. At an early age she joined Jerusalem which is now Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Mansfield. She loved going to the Newton County Senior Service, where she had many friends. She enjoyed all kinds of activities and traveling. She was a woman of wisdom and knowledge. Everyone she met loved her. Mrs. Terrell was preceded in death by husband Mr. Gabe (Tot) Terrell; son Mr. Grady Terrell, two sisters and two brothers.
Loss of acuity in hearing and vision is a common accompaniment to aging. This gradual onset of sensory deprivation can have important effects on the brain, including an adverse impact on mind, mood and memory. Sensory impairment adversely impacts everything, including interaction with environment, relationships, activities and feelings of self-worth. It can lead to depression, anxiety, social isolation and many other problems.
Mr. Kevin Petersheim and Mrs. Melodie Ray of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Marie Petersheim of Covington to Samuel David Ozburn of Covington, son of the Honorable and Mrs. Samuel D. Ozburn of Covington.