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Newton County to hear civic center proposal for Porter Hall

A plan to renovate Olive Swann Porter Hall for use as a civic center will be presented at a Newton County Board of Commissioners work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will take place at the Historic Courthouse.

RC BOE sets millage at 25.32 by 5-1 vote

After having a five-year high millage rate in FY 2013 of 26.00, the Rockdale County Board of Education lowered the millage rate for the second year in a row by a 5-1 vote making it 25.32 for the current fiscal year.

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East Newton PTO provides a safe playground for its students | PHOTOS

Pulling splinters from little fingers is a thing of the past now that East Newton Elementary School has its brand new playground. After six years of fundraising by their PTO the new $50,218 playground is open and ready for the kids following the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

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JULIE WELLS: Seek refuge in God's Word, the Bible

My three-year-old daughter, Joy, was reciting the Pledge to the Bible the other day, as we were driving home. And while I was amazed and having a proud mama moment in the fact that she even knows what the Pledge to the Bible is, much less able to say and plainly say “pledge allegiance”, I was reminded of this great verse: “… the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Streamlined Move on When Ready advantage for high school students

High school students have the chance to earn college credits the way they have not had in the past with the new changes to Move on When Ready.

AREA STUDENTS: Locals graduate from Andrew College, Clemson University, Troy University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Thomas University and Berry College

Locals graduate from various colleges including: Andrew College, Clemson University, Troy University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Thomas University and Berry College.

HONOR ROLL: West Newton Elementary School

West Newton Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

HONOR ROLL: East Newton Elementary School

East Newton Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

Boil water advisory issued in Porterdale

Residents who live south of the Yellow River bridge have been advised to boil their drinking water after a contractor working at the intersection of Crowell Road and Ga. Highway 81 struck a water line Wednesday morning.

Developer ready to resurrect subdivisions in Newton County

When the housing bubble burst in 2008, Newton County was left with a number of subdivisions that were halted in various stages of development.

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Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods advocates for more choice, less testing for students

In a speech to the Rockdale County Rotary Club Wednesday, Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods discussed ways he would like to improve education in Georgia.

Rockdale County SPLOST collections higher than expected

According to the most recent SPLOST figures, $57.92 million had been collected through May, with 22 months remaining. This is approximately $5.87 million more than anticipated would be collected by this time.

Newton County woman allegedly beats neighbor for not yielding the right of way

One Newton County woman who apparently failed to follow the biblical advice to love thy neighbor found herself behind bars after she allegedly beat her neighbor for not yielding the right of way.

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Walmart, auto dealers help provide needed meals

Large donations help Action Ministries feed families and school children

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program provided a $100,000 grant to support Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summer lunch program, and the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association and Action Ministries announced that $125,000 was raised in May for family meals in their joint “Drive Out Hunger” campaign.

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Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to lock car doors at night to prevent break-ins

RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp: “We want to remind people to lock their vehicles and take all valuables inside their house at night.”