The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, Ga. 30014.
This week's donors: Ann Hodges, Barbara Dingler, BB&T (Main Branch), Becky Harris, Bonnie Gilbert, Bulldog Tire Company, Call and Go Bail Bonding, Cathy Cowan, The Covington News, Dan. U. Aaron, David and Melba O'Kelley, Dusty Atha, Ginn Chevrolet, Ginn Chrylser Jeep Dodge, Josie Goode Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church of Covington, Joy Beariers Estherian Sunday School Class First Baptist Church of Covington, Kenneth G. Williams, Lance and Latrelle Cawthon, Marshall and Dawn Atha, Mary Kriendlekamp, Mary Vincent Kraft, Matthew and Ida Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Webb, Neil and Joane Derrick, Neil Harris, Roger and Sandra Shortridge, Scott Hubbard, Spencer Boyd, Stan and Dana Hall, Susan Sweeney, Tony and Donna Harris, Walker and Rosemary Harris, Mock Pallet Company, Pace Cars Inc., Billy and Nancy Morris, Friendship Class of First United Methodist, Betty Jo Marks, Loyal Gas Inc., David and Joyce Taylor, Jones Custom Homes/Jones Ferns, David and Martha Smith, Robert and Myrna Cason, Knight and Tabb Insurance Agency, Bruce and Lynn Tamplin, Cline Ranch, William and Theodosia Wade, Maxine Norcutt, Nancy East, Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Meyer, Tom and Jan Jentzen, Jakie A. Hogan, James and Patricia Bryan, Kiwanis Club of Covington, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32, Agnes Blalock, football raffle, Greer Stansfield & Turner LLP, A.J. and Anne Spillers, Frances Quinn Hobgood, John and Gloria Womack, Payton E. Ward, Wilbur and Musette Fisher, Barbara Banks, H. Gene Williams, Jerry Gilbert, Marty and Theresa Smallwood, Gene and Margaret Wallace, Jere and Jacqueline Rutberg, Elsie Crawford, B. Bill, W. Jackson, Wayne and Pam Vaughn, four anonymous donations.
Total raised to date: $22,110