Newton County hosted a fishing tournament in support of 12-year-old Brayden Eavenson. His father, Brad Eavenson, was a Newton County firefighter who died in a single-car wreck in February after working the ice storm. The money donated at the fishing tournament will go toward a college fund for Brayden. (Special photo)
COVINGTON — The support continues in Newton County as the community helps raise college funds for the son of fallen firefighter Brad Eavenson.
Newton County Fire Service will host a barbecue lunch starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12. The plates will include smoked chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, bread and a drink for $8. It will be for pick-up only at the Newton County Fire Service Administration office, located at 4136A U.S. Highway 278 in Covington.
The money raised from selling plates will go toward the college scholarship fund for Eavenson’s 12-year-old son, Brayden. Eavenson, who served as a firefighter in Newton and Barrow counties, was killed in February in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road after working the ice storm.
Chairman Keith Ellis recently organized a fishing tournament for the local firefighters to get together and grieve the loss of their comrade; the event also raised $2,135 for Brayden’s college fund.
Three boys in the community – Matthew and Kevin Gabriel and Charlie Briggs – also helped in raising $640 by selling lemonade at their homemade stand in conjunction with the tournament.
Commissioner Lanier Sims will donate the funds from his annual car show in the Square to Brayden’s college funds. The show will be held on May 18.
To participate in the barbecue lunch, plates can be ordered by calling 678-625-5010.