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).
While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.
Funeral services for Ms. Annie Grace Saffo of 6239 Green Acres Dr. Covington, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Oxford. Rev. Charlie Williams, pastor, is the eulogist, assisted by others. Interment is in the Oxford Historical Cemetery.
Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board of Directors. Henderson-Baker will fulfill the remaining term of District 4, vacated by Katrina Young, who was elected Vice-President of the GSBA Board of Directors.