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Teachers prepare for those golden rule days

School starts Friday in Newton County.

Autry gets $8,750 bonus

Rockdale County Public School Superintendent Richard Autry was rewarded for a job well done by the Board of Education following executive session on Thursday.

Newton County School System open houses slated to begin with high schools on Tuesday

The floors have been polished and the bulletin boards have been put up in anticipation for the beginning the school year.

RCPS puts focus on new teachers, improving CCRPI

The new teacher orientation for Rockdale County had a full house after more than 200 teachers were hired for the 2015-2016 school year according to Rockdale County Superintendent Richard Autry in Thursday’s July Board of Education meeting.

NCSO holds Back to School Supply Giveaway

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is answering the call for help.

Rockdale County schools start week-long open house schedule on Monday

Rockdale County teachers have tp hit the floor running starting with their preplanning on Friday as they get ready for their Open Houses beginning on Monday.

Newton County School System approves millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved several measures, including setting the millage rate at 20, the highest allowed by the state, while reducing the total millage from last year in its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

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Upcoming Eastside ninth graders get a glimpse of high school

Rising ninth graders at Eastside High School got a small glimpse of what they can expect once the walk through the halls as true freshman in a 9th grade camp on Tuesday.

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Upcoming ninth graders at Eastside High School get a glimpse of what's coming | PHOTOS

Rising ninth graders at Eastside High School got a small glimpse of what they can expect once the walk through the halls as true freshman in a 9th grade camp on Tuesday.

New student registration underway in Newton and Rockdale counties

The time to register new students is quickly approaching with school starting in less than two weeks.

New student registration underway in Newton and Rockdale counties

The time to register new students is quickly approaching with school starting in less than two weeks.

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Cleveland next stop for Francis

Former Eastside soccer player Tyrik Francis hopes to start his college career at Truett-McConnell with the same impact he ended his high school career.

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Heritage High School marching band prepares for Seasons | PHOTOS

Just as local football teams get ready for the start of the season the marching bands are doing the same learning new music and new routines.

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Heritage High School band | PHOTOS

Heritage marching band practice

NCSS, GPTC offer dual-enrollement program at Alcovy

The Newton County School System is helping the future workforce get a leg up on the competition with the introduction of a pilot program geared towards hospitality and tourism at Alcovy High School.

Number of area schools on GaDOE Focus List declines

The amount of area schools that were on the Georgia Department of Education’s Priority and Focus School List went from five in 2012 to three in 2015 with none of the original five remaining on the list.

Rockdale County Supt. Autry puts new organization plan in effect

In an effort to make the transition from pre-kindergarten to high school Rockdale County Superintendent Richard Autry changed the way things will be done.

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Covington Lions Club provides grant to train NCSS counselors, nurses on abuse

About 75 Newton County School System counselors and nurses will soon be getting important training on how to properly be on the front lines for victims of child abuse thanks to a donation by the Covington Lions Club.

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All three Rockdale County football stadiums on track to be ready for opening games | PHOTOS

While the artificial turf and track upgrades are almost completed at the stadiums at Heritage and Salem high schools, Rockdale County High School’s still has a long way to go.

Area school systems take precautions for high-risk athletes

Those associated with area prep-school sports are taking measures to make sure high-risk student-athletes are kept safe by conducting pre-concussion baseline testing.

Seven more NCSS schools to start using PBIS

Since the introduction of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in the 2012-2013 school year, most of the six schools participating in Newton County have seen their behavior problems decrease each year.

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Grace Christian Academy wins national convention

Grace Christian Academy once again proved what they’re made off winning the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruces, N.M.

Newton County School System PR department nationally recognized

Newton County Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis-Viniard was recently acknowledged for her hard work by National School Public Relations Association.

Eastside to get practice field, track replaced for $622K

After six years of temporary fixes the Newton County School System has given final approval to replace the practice field and track at Eastside High School.

HB 251 school choice transfers being accepted

Time is running out for parents wishing to change their children’s school under the Georgia Department of Education provision House Bill 251.

Piedmont Academy honors continue after state championhsip

Four players from Piedmont Academy’s GISA Class AA state champion baseball team were recently named to the All-State Baseball team.

Eastside excells at quiz bowl nationals

Eastside’s quiz bowl team showed that they’re not a team to be taken lightly after finishing in the top 30 percent of the NAQT National Championship Tournament in Chicago.

Rockdale County school board adopts $139.38 million budget

The Rockdale County Board of Education formally adopted the fiscal year 2016 $139.38 million budget without public discussion before heading the final vote on Thursday.

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Eastside boys basketball coach Brent Wren wants to take Eagles to new heights

Eastside’s basketball program will hopefully continue in the same direction with former Liberty Middle School head coach Brent Wren taking over for the departed Greg Freeman.

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Newton County School System provides books for summer reading

The Newton County School System’s Book Bus was a tremendous success according to NCSS Director of Secondary Education Shannon Buff as more than 2,000 books were given away in their four-stop tour on Thursday

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Hardwick hopeful that hard work is the key to a successful Tigers basketball program

Alcovy’s boys basketball program will try to gain some stability after making the move to name former junior varsity head coach Mack Hardwick to head varsity coach.

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Clark named Cousins principal, Roundtree director of elementary education

The Newton County School Board announced the appointment of Benjamin Roundtree as the Director of Elementary Education and Dr. Makeba Clark as principal of Cousins Middle School.

Newton County School System to offer summer book bus for students

The Newton County School System is making it easier for students to continue to keep their reading skills sharp during their summer break with the start of the Summer Book Bus.

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King takes over helm for Lady Eagles basketball

There is no doubt that Matthew Jackson did a good job with Eastside girls basketball program taking them to the playoffs four of the past five years. Gladys King, who was the Rockdale girls head basketball coach for the past three seasons, will try to take the Lady Eagles to the next level as their new head coach.

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Rams advance to finals of Cam Newton 7-on-7 series

Newton’s football team has a great amount of confidence as they get ready to start the 2015 season as they went undefeated and won the Cam Newton 7-on-7 high school football tournament series at the North Cobb High School site.

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PGA Championship could be a dream come true for Oaks’ Miller

Gary Miller could have a chance to play against the best of the best in the PGA Championship in August at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.

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Hawkins, Beshears make softball history

Former softball player Morgan Beshears of Alcovy and Amanda Hawkins of Eastside had their dreams come true as they helped raise the 2015 NCAA Division II Softball Championship trophy following their 5-0 win over Dixie State.

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Holloman is epitome of a team player

Newton’s Jeremiah Holloman was not going to let something like a badly hurt knee to keep him from winning a Class AAAAAA state championship in the triple jump in the 2015 GHSA Boys State Track and Field Meet at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

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A stumble not enough to keep Stokes from winning a state championship

Eastside’s Eric Stokes thought he was on his way to an easy to win in the 400-meter dash of Class AAAA GHSA Boys Track and Field meet but ended up winning by seven-thousandth of a second with a time of 47.902 seconds.

Eastside girls finish 11 at Class AAAA state golf tournament

Eastside’s girls golf team had a good showing finishing 11th shooting a 290 at the Class AAAA GHSA state championship at Applewood County Club in Keysville on Monday.

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Eastside girls golf team to participate in state tournament

The Eastside girls golf team have checked off two of the three goals they’ve had this season. First they retained the Newton Cup and they made it to the Class AAAA tournament. Now they have one more goal and that’s to finish in the top 10 in the state tournament at Applewood Golf Course in Keysville on Monday.

Eastside’s Francis, Walden selected to DiVarsity all-star team

Eastside’s Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden will once again show why they are elite players after getting selected to play in the 2015 DiVarsity All-Star game at Sprayberry High School on Sunday.

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Wimbush sign to play at Truett-McConnell

Alcovy’s Ayanna Wimbush got the chance to continue playing basketball after recently signing with Truett-McConnell College.

Wilkins makes most of opportunity getting signed with Oakland

It seems that Newton and Rockdale counties are being put on the NFL map as former Alcovy football player Gary Wilkins becomes the third local player to sign to play professionally.

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Eastside falls 8-0 to No. 3 Whitewater in second round of playoffs

Eastside’s boys soccer team ran into a buzz saw late in the game as they ended their season with an 8-0 loss to Whitewater in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Wednesday.

Freeman leaves Eastside after turning program around

After four succesful seasons as Eastside’s head basketball coach Greg Freeman is stepping down.

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Another Newton player heads to the NFL as Hunt sign with Giants

Akeem Hunt felt disappointment, anger and pure disbelief when the Arizona Cardinals called Louisville’s Gerald Christian’s name for the final pick of the 2105 NFL Draft.

Newton, Eastside fall first round of baseball playoffs

It was a rough road trip in baseball playoff series for Eastside and Newton as they were both eliminated for their hope of a state championship.

Eastside tops Wayne County 4-1 in soccer playoffs

The Eastside boys soccer team may not have controlled the tempo of the game in the first half but they controlled the scoreboard beating No. 1 seed Wayne COunty 4-1 in the first round of Class AAAAAA playoffs on Thursday.

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Thonton signs with GSU track team

Four years of hard work and perseverance has paid off for Eastside’s Breanna Thornton earning a track and field scholarship to Georgia Southern University.

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