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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, fishing and spending time with his family. He was precede...

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. The Georgia Forestry Commission works with the state Environmental Prote...

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. Joe Hoffman, Waffle house assistant vice pre...

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 was for the Newton Rams. So on Thursday evening, when Jon...

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 Wednesday night at Rockdale High Scho...

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. A thrilling first round road game at Mary Persons that, on paper, many felt Eastside wasn't supposed to win, turned into a 1-1 (4-3 ...

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. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Satur...

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

UPDATE: Additional arrests made in Banks County deputy shooting incident

Commerce/Atlanta, Ga. – Two additional arrests were made as a result of the investigation into the shooting of a Banks County Deputy. Dustin Terrell Heuatt, age 29, was charged with numerous...

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 whose clothes had been stolen. A...

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. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Monroe Chapel ...

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 of four "Every Body Walk Newton" community walk...

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's Town Hall Meeting. "I'm not going to ...

April 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

IDA approves Three Ring Studios bond resolution

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

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. Thanks to a fourth place finish in Monday's area tournament, the Eagles punched their ticke...

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Johnston steps down from SWA position

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston stepped down from his position on the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Monday, April 24 after claiming the conditions of the authority were...

April 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

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