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Ryan McKenzie

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Eastside High School senior to be part of GPC's last graduating class

A local high school senior will be a part of Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus’ fiftieth and final graduating class on May 8 before it soon becomes a part of Georgia State University.

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Porterdale Elementary honors educators during Teacher Appreciation Week

Porterdale Elementary honors educators during Teacher Appreciation Week.

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South Salem and Porterdale elementary schools get new principals for next school year

Two Newton County elementary schools will begin the 2015-16 school year with new principals.

Sightings of coyotes in Rockdale and Newton counties have residents alarmed

Several coyote sightings have been reported in the Honey Creek subdivision lately, prompting residents’ concern for safety.

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Four Rockdale elementary schools to get new security vestibules

Four Rockdale elementary schools can expect new entrance areas meant to create a safer environment.

Newton County Schools approves contract renewal with NAPA for auto parts

The Newton County School System has approved a contract renewal for its transportation department.

Newton County school board opts for IE² flexibility choice for five-year contract

The Newton County School System has determined that it will be an Investing in Educational Excellence (IE²) Flexibility Model district for the next five years.

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Newton County Special Olympics held at Homer Sharp Stadium | PHOTOS

Athletes from across Newton County competed in the Special Olympics.

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Rotary Club names Newton County School System's top high school seniors | PHOTOS

The Rotary Club of Covington honored 30 outstanding high school seniors from across the Newton County School System on April 28.

Newton County School System plans for FY16, aiming to bring back pre-recession salaries

The Newton County School System is scoping out its budget for fiscal year 16, with the goal of restoring staff salaries close to those of prior to the recession.

Newton County schools and Rockdale schools to replace Blue Bell products with Mayfield after listeria recall

Blue Bell Ice Cream products will no longer be served in the Newton County School System or Rockdale County Public Schools for the remainder of the school year after the creamery made a nationwide recall due to concerns of listeria.

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Conyers Rotary Club honors outstanding Rockdale high school seniors

Thirty-eight Rockdale County seniors have been recognized for their academic achievements.

Barksdale and Flat Shoals to get new roofs

Flat Shoals Elementary and Barksdale Elementary will be getting some roofing work done, as well as receive new canopy additions.

Newton County School System approves contract with Renaissance Learning for STAR Universal Screener

The Newton County Board of Education has renewed a contract for instructional software.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office holding safe driving event at Newton High

An event focused on raising awareness of safe driving is coming to Newton High this weekend.

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Zeta Phi Beta talks to Newton High students about hazing

Zeta Phi Beta talks to Newton High students about hazing.

Covington youth football team to hold games at Cousins Middle this fall

The GA Hurricanes, a youth football team based in Covington, will hold their games at a local middle school this fall.

Newton County Schools looking to renew contract with Blue Bell despite recent recall of ice cream products

Newton County students are looking at the prospect of having Blue Bell ice cream as part of their lunch menu over the next year, despite the confection maker having a recent recall on some of its products.

Rockdale County Public Schools considers adding more teachers next school year

Rockdale County Public Schools is considering increasing its number of teachers for the upcoming school year.

Academy for Liberal Arts at Newton High holding canned food drive for Salvation Army

A Newton High program will be collecting food for the Salvation Army.

Rockdale County Public Schools to get new track and field surfaces at all three high schools

All three Rockdale County high schools are in the works to get new artificial turf and track upgrades at their football stadiums.

Newton County Board of Education considers purchase of new computers from ByteSpeed

The Newton County School System is considering buying computers and associated equipment to replace some of its older electronic devices.

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Middle Ridge Elementary Media Specialist Tammy Privette named Newton County Media Specialist

Middle Ridge Elementary’s Media Specialist Tammy Privette has been named as the school system’s 2015 Media Specialist of the Year.

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Newton High Future Farmers of America chapter holding spring plant sale

Newton High is ringing in spring with a plant sale to benefit the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter.

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Five Rockdale Magnet School students chosen for 2015 Governor's Honors Program

Five Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology students are part of the 679 students selected from across the state to attend the 2015 Governor’s Honors Program.

Newton County Theme School Builders Club raises money for Newton County Resource Court

The Newton County Theme School’s Builders Club has raised money for a court program designed to help criminal offenders with mental illnesses.

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Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce to hold Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to honor local police

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce plans to honor local police departments next month, when National Police Week will take place.

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Seven Newton County School System students selected for Governor's Honors Program

Seven Newton County high schoolers will head to Valdosta, Ga. this summer to participate in the renowned Governor’s Honors Program.

Rockdale County Public Schools and Newton County School Systems have graduation ceremonies nearing

The 2014-15 school year is coming to a close, and Rockdale and Newton county seniors have graduation ceremonies on the horizon.

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Covington resident to haul vehicle at Festivus Games in an effort to break world record and raise money for sick children

A Covington man will be attempting to beat the odds and break a Guinness World Record at a an athletic competition held in Woodstock, Ga.

Alcovy High and Cousins Middle place first at regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Both Alcovy High and Cousins Middle placed first at the regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

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South Salem kindergarteners hunt for Easter eggs and get a visit from the Easter Bunny | PHOTOS

South Salem kindergarteners hunt for Easter eggs and get a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Newton County School System to hold annual Kindergarten Round-Up

The Newton County School System will soon be looking to enroll kindergarteners for the upcoming school year.

Better Business Bureau offers tips to Rockdale County students and parents when choosing a limo driver for prom

As Rockdale County teens are pick out their outfits, dining spots and groups for prom, the Better Business Bureau has come up with a few tips for parents to decide which limousines should chauffeur their kids.

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Eastside High Academic Team wins Division 4 academic team state championship

Eastside High’s Academic Team won the Division 4 State Championship at the Georgia Academic Team Association State Championship Tournament, held at Collins Hill High on March 21.

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Hopewell ARP Church to reopen Hopewell School in August after being closed for almost a century

A local church will be reviving its roots by reopening a school it once ran more than a century ago.

Department of Labor shows small unemployment drop for Rockdale and Newton in February

Both Rockdale and Newton counties saw a modest drop in unemployment rates during February, according to preliminary statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus to host Daffodil Fest

As spring is officially underway, Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus will be greeting the season with its annual Daffodil Fest on Mar. 31 and Apr. 1.

Smokin' Butts and Tires BBQ Cook Off coming to Conyers

A new cooking contest and car show is making its way to Conyers, and will be benefiting a few local organizations.

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Newton County Board of Education approves paving projects for Fairview Elementary

Fairview Elementary is due to have some new paving projects underway.

Newton County School System to join REACH for 2015-16 school year

The Newton County School System will be participating in the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) program in the 2015-16 school year, giving certain students a greater academic opportunity.

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Hillary Meeler to become new principal of Honey Creek Elementary School in 2015-16

Honey Creek Elementary will be getting a new principal for the 2015-16 school year; one that will be making a short move from another Rockdale County school.

Newton County School System to purchase security video cameras

The Newton County School System will be purchasing video safety equipment for some of its schools and a service center.

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Newton County School System honors its Board of Education

Newton County School System honors its Board of Education.

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Montessori School of Covington holds annual chili luncheon

Montessori School of Covington holds annual chili luncheon.

Rockdale and Newton schools earn high scores on Department of Education's School Climate Star Ratings

Four Rockdale County Public Schools have received a five-star school climate rating from the Georgia Department of Education, and Newton County middle schools earned high marks as well.

Georgia Department of Labor shows slight unemployment increase for Rockdale and Newton counties

Unemployment rates in both Rockdale and Newton counties experienced a minor upward tilt in January, a trend that was reflected throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

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Late C.J. Hicks teacher Candace McGriff to be commemorated at Color Foam 5K

A colorful marathon is making its way to Conyers, and a local elementary school will be assembling a team in memory of a teacher who recently passed away.

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Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awards grants to local nonprofits

A few local nonprofit organizations have received grants from the Newton Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

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Heritage High school alum Jack McBrayer stars in new Adult Swim series

Heritage High alumnus and actor Jack McBrayer has taken on a role in a new quirky, off-the-wall sitcom airing on the Atlanta-based Adult Swim network. The role is a bullet point on McBrayer’s lengthy list of comedic roles.