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Newton County Jail Log: April 26

Amaurius Nykwon Avery, 17, Covington, April 20, theft by shoplifting

April 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting ...

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

North Georgia burn ban to boost air quality

COVINGTON, Ga. - A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Porterdale Council approves Waffle House plans

PORTERDALE, Ga. – The Porterdale City Council approved the final site plans for the city's new Waffle House at its called meeting Thursday night.

April 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Newton senior Darvin Jones to add value to University of Mobile basketball

COVINGTON, Ga. - Darvin Jones wanted to go somewhere for college that would allow him to be just as valuable on the collegiate level as he ...

April 28, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

NewRock all-star basketball game caps highlight filled season

CONYERS, Ga. - The three high school boys basketball teams from both Newton and Rockdale counties, came together in the senior vs. senior NewRock All-Star Game ...

April 27, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports

Eastside boys soccer wins thriller in state playoffs

FORSYTH, Ga. - It's on to round two for Eastside boys soccer.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Search is on for Banks County Deputy Shooter

COMMERCE, Ga. – The suspect in the shooting of a Banks County Deputy Sheriff may now be in the Atlanta area.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Indecent exposure call uncovers armed robbery

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of indecent exposure early Wednesday morning and found an armed robbery victim ...

April 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Joe Baccus

Joe Baccus, age 74 of Social Circle, formerly of Monroe, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Walking to build community

COVINGTON, Ga. – One hundred or so walkers from all over Newton County showed up at Turner Lake Park Thursday night to participate in the third ...

April 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health

UPDATE: Johnston takes responsibility for his actions

UPDATE, April 28, 9 a.m.: Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he takes full responsibility for his actions Thursday night during his statement at Covington ...

April 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

IDA approves Three Ring Studios bond resolution

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted to approve a resolution to issue $106,700,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the ...

April 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Covington

Eastside boys golf team punches ticket to state tournament

Eastside's boys golf team ensured Monday night that they'll keep the clubs out through the end of may.

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

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Eastside baseball gets second straight county win with romp over Alcovy

So far, you can call Eastside baseball the county champs.

February 22, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field for what proved to be an offensive showcase for the Eagle hitters as they combined for an impressive 15 hits.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Eastside alum Sheldon Rankins has jersey retired at awards banquet

The Eastside football team got more than what it bargained for during its season-ending football banquet last week.

February 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Guns stolen in pawn shop burglary

Several guns were stolen from the Emergency Pawn Shop on Highway 278 during an early morning break-in Feb. 18.

February 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation's first statewide freeway patrol service.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars and trucks also can benefit from more moderate temperatures.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from the road for mere seconds can have dangerous repercussions, contributing to accidents, injury or even death.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Monks begin work on mandala in Oxford

Tibetan Buddhist monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta started work on a sand mandala at the Oxford College Library Monday.

February 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education

Anderson: Week six under the Gold Dome

We are officially halfway through the 2017 legislative session and now have 8 days left to introduce legislation in the Senate and 20 days left to vote on legislation from either chamber. Things around the capitol will continue to get busier as we near crossover day and eventually sine die.

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates

Eastside soccer splits with Walnut Grove Friday, shows promise for 2017 season

February 19, 2017 | Brian Worton | Sports

Alcovy track team has a state meet appearance as its goal

Anthony Jackson has a vision for Alcovy High School track and field.

February 19, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Newton County 2017 Baseball Preview

In baseball, Newton County has a state champion hopeful and two other squads that have aspirations of solidifying their footing in region play with hopes of a state tournament berth. It'll be interesting to see which of these teams can end the season with county bragging rights. Here's a brief preview of what we can expect from our three GHSA baseball squads.

February 19, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Love for God, soccer secures Billy Love’s place at Point

There was a time when Billy Love didn't think signing day would come for him - at least not in soccer.

February 19, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Eastside tennis teams sweep Walnut Grove

The Eastside tennis teams both wanted to use their match against Walnut Grove as proof that they're young squads are moving in the right direction.

February 19, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

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