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C.R. 213, Beaver Park named after Beaver Mfg. founder Ed Needham

COVINGTON — The legacy of Beaver Manufacturing founder Ed Needham will continue.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday granting a request by the city of Mansfield to rename a portion of County Road 213 to the Ed Needham Memorial Road.

Needham, who died in October at age 87, founded Beaver Manufacturing, which supplies industrial fibers, in Mansfield in 1971. He and his wife, Nonie, were committed to the Newton County community and were recognized for a lifetime of community involvement and achievement in 2009 when the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce presented them with the R.O. Arnold Award.

The Needhams helped put together 100 picture lap books that were distributed throughout Newton County schools, were partners in education at Mansfield Elementary School, established the Sophomore Excellence Leadership Forum and donated to Smart Technology at Georgia Perimeter College and the Police Academy at DeKalb Technical College.

They also donated land for Beaver Park in Mansfield and Newton County Fire Station No. 6.

As such, Commissioner John Douglas also asked the BOC to approve renaming Beaver Park to Ed Needham-Beaver Park.

“This was the name the employees of Beaver Manufacturing chose,” he said.

Both resolutions passed unanimously.

In other news, Lee Aldridge was reappointed to a third term on the Newton County Library Board and Jody Smith was reappointed to a second term on the Newton County Planning Commission.