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Dancers stranded after studio shuts down

Parents of dancers who took lessons at Starbound Performing Arts are scrambling to find a way to stage a recital following the abrupt closing of the dance studio Wednesday.

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Alcovy High students turn their tassels | PHOTOS

Alcovy High graduates more than 300 Friday night

More than 300 seniors received diplomas in commencement ceremonies that kicked off a weekend of graduations for Newton County high schools.

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School board offers contract to McDonough attorney

The Rockdale County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to “pursue a contract” with attorney Santana T. Flanigan to succeed board attorney Jack Lance, who is retiring.

Rockdale school board gives nod to $129.9 million budget

The Rockdale Board of Education gave tentative approval to a $129.9 million budget for 2014-15 at a special called meeting Thursday night.

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Memorial Day reminders

These memorial crosses on the lawn of Newton Federal Bank on U.S. Highway 278 bear the names of Newton County soldiers who lost their lives in war.

County ordered to grant day care permit to Ebenezer

Rockdale County has agreed to a consent order to grant Ebenezer United Methodist Church a special-use permit to operate a full-time day care program at the church on Stanton Road.

Rockdale County has agreed to a consent order to grant Ebenezer United Methodist Church a special-use permit to operate a full-time day care program at the church on Stanton Road.

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Graduation smiles

Hundreds of Rockdale County high school seniors will turn their tassels, toss their mortar boards high into the air, hug friends good-bye, and take the ceremonial step into adulthood this weekend.

RCPS budget restores furlough, instructional days

“What a difference a year makes,” said Rockdale Public Schools Superintendent Richard Autry in presenting a proposed 2014-2015 budget to school board members Thursday.

House candidates take on smart growth topics

State House candidates in the May 20 Primary Election answered questions related to growth and development at a forum Monday night sponsored by Smart Growth Newton County.

Ellenberg hired as principal at Newton High

He’s been a science teacher, department chair, assistant principal and interim principal at Newton High School. Tuesday night John Ellenberg was officially given the principal position following a unanimous vote by the Newton County Board of Education.

Candidates answer questions on county government structure

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson said Monday he would support changing the current management structure of the county government, despite the fact that his was one of three votes that put the structure in place three years ago.

Ellenberg named principal at Newton High

John Ellenberg has been named principal at Newton High School.

New greenhouse in the works for Newton High

Plans are underway for construction of a greenhouse on the new campus of Newton High School.

Mansfield approves 2014 budget

A 2014 budget of $1.073 million was approved by the Mansfield City Council Monday night.

BOE mulls renewal of Ombudsman contract

Members of the Newton County Board of Education will be asked to vote on a contract renewal with Ombudsman Educational Services, a provider of alternative education programs, at their April 22 meeting.

Mansfield postpones decision on special election

City Council members discussed calling for a special election to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks Monday night, but too many questions remained unanswered, so the matter was postponed.

Mansfield: More information needed before election call

City Council members discussed calling for a special election to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks Monday night, but too many questions remained unanswered, so the matter was postponed.

Mansfield OKs compensation for former clerk

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night that compensates former city clerk Pat Mullins for the way she was dismissed and protects the city from any future legal action arising from her dismissal.

Forum draws wide range of candidates

At least 25 candidates in a number of upcoming elections have confirmed participation in an April 26 forum at Antioch A.M.E. Church.

Mansfield to pay former clerk for wrongful dismissal

The city of Mansfield has agreed to pay $14,000 to former city clerk Pat Mullins for wrongful termination in 2012.

Adoma continues push for senior housing

Diane Adoma is on a mission to bring more senior housing to Rockdale County.

Mansfield residents raise payroll questions at public hearing

Citizens who spoke at a public hearing on the proposed 2014 city budget raised questions about current salaries and the City Council’s plan to add a treasurer to City Hall staff.

Covington man charged with DUI, laying drags

A man who allegedly tried to avoid arrest by switching seats with a passenger has been charged with DUI and other offenses.

Mansfield finalizes draft of 2014 budget

A final draft of the town’s 2014 budget has been completed and is available for public review at City Hall.

Mansfield officials look to the future, but questions remain about former mayor

Town residents and officials began the process of clearing the air and moving forward Monday, four days after the mayor resigned under accusations of financial misdeeds.

Bill would reduce early voting days in cities

A bill seen by some as an attempt to chill voter turnout and by others as a way to help municipalities control their election costs has passed the state House and awaits debate in the Senate.

Mansfield mayor resigns amid accusations

Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned at 5 p.m. Thursday, two hours before the City Council was scheduled to hold a work session at the Community Center.

Mansfield mayor collects for lost wages in aftermath of tornado

The city of Mansfield has disbursed $2,700 to Mayor Estona Middlebrooks as part of insurance claims filed by the town for tornado damages last spring.

Affordable Care enrollment event planned

With the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act looming, one area church is hosting an event to help people enroll.

Mansfield residents push for answers on financial matters

As the town of Mansfield works to complete an overdue 2014 budget, residents are also raising questions about other issues.

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From the heart

Rockdale Medical holds annual Red, Hot and Healthy Luncheon and Fashion Show

Mansfield settles power line easement case

Mansfield officials have negotiated a settlement of a years-long legal battle with Georgia Transmission Corp. for $250,000.

Mansfield plans on increased power sales to help balance budget

Town leaders are expecting to sell more electricity this year in order to balance the 2014 budget.

Rockdale BOC mulls travel policy change

An amendment to the county travel policy proposed by Rockdale Commissioner JaNice Van Ness would require employees and elected officials to pay for their own travel fare upgrades.

Rockdale commissioners consider changing 911 oversight

A proposal to move management of Rockdale County’s 911 Center operations to the Sheriff’s Office was on the County Commission meeting agenda Tuesday, but commissioners deferred discussion due to the absence of the chairman.

Officials say they are prepared to meet storm's challenge

Newton and Rockdale counties were among 43 counties added to Gov. Nathan Deal’s state of emergency area Tuesday. In all, 88 counties were expected to be impacted by what the National Weather Service termed a “storm of historical proportions,” bringing significant amounts of snow, freezing rain and ice to the state.

SPLOST collections ahead of schedule

SPLOST collections ahead of schedule

Collections for Rockdale County’s 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax continue to exceed projections and a number of SPLOST-funded projects are moving forward.

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Second twin gets 30 years in mom’s death

In a case described as a tragedy, twin sisters who stabbed their mother to death in 2010 have both been sentenced to three decades in prison.

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Second twin gets 30 years in mom's death

In a case described as a tragedy, twin sisters who stabbed their mother to death in 2010 have both been sentenced to three decades in prison.

Arborist to give TLC to trees on the Square

Master arborist and “tree doctor” Dan Bauer has some new patients to attend — the dozen or so trees on Covington’s downtown Square.

Company's byproduct will require pretreatment

County water officials don’t yet know if the byproduct created by a manufacturer of industrial cleaning products will be pretreated onsite or treated offsite before it goes into a sewage treatment system.

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Woman injured in four-wheeler crash in Newton

A woman riding a four-wheeler in the Woods of Deering subdivision was injured Wednesday when she apparently lost control and crashed into a parked pickup truck.

Stranded Newton man makes it home

Newton County resident Jacob Eastman was longing for the four-wheel drive vehicle he has at home Wednesday morning as he sat in his company SUV, stranded on Ga. Highway 212 in DeKalb County.

JEFF MEADORS: Involving students in academic advisement leads to greater success

It’s an educated twist on Ben Franklin’s “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

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Mayor Randy Mills receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mayor Randy Mills was named the recipient of the A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday, an honor widely considered to be the most prestigious in Rockdale County.

Mansfield still working on 2014 budget

Mansfield officials are working to pull the city out of a financial log jam that has delayed the city’s budget for nearly a month.

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Kemp: New primary date will mean extended runoff campaigns

Candidates for office in Georgia who wind up in a primary election runoff will face a tough campaign schedule, Secretary of State Brian Kemp told Covington Rotarians at a luncheon meeting Tuesday.

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Oden sets agenda for 2014 and beyond in State of County Address

The year 2013 was a time of overcoming economic obstacles and moving Rockdale County toward a brighter future, Chairman Richard Oden told residents and officials at his State of the County address Thursday night.

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Macie to take on larger role in Extension Service

Rockdale County Extension Service Director Jule-Lynn Macie will soon be broadening her horizons.

Newton Jail Blotter for Jan. 17, 2014

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol.