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Bulletproof vest fund growing

Community donations to a fund for the purchase of Level III bulletproof vests for Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies continue to come in. The fund stands at more than $33,000, not including funds recently received from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Those contributing $1,000 or more include:

· Ginn Chevrolet

· Ginn Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge

· Newton Federal

· Marshall and Dawn Atha

· The Arnold Fund

· Anonymous

· John and Diane Bowers

· Edward and Lenora Needham

The fund was established by Dawn and Marshall Atha after their son, Deputy Wesley Atha, was saved by his bulletproof vest. The fund-raising goal is $113,000.

Donations to this cause can be made by check payable to the Newton County Sheriff's Office and earmarked for Safety Vests & Equipment. Donations can be mailed to the NCSO in care of Apryle Jones, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, GA 30014.