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Ryan McKenzie

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Newton High sees absentee rate go back to normal after Ebola-related issue

The return of a Newton High’s spouse from an Ebola-stricken country sparked several strong reactions from parents and the community Wednesday, with many concerns about how the situation was handled.

Rockdale and Newton schools exceed Georgia 2014 average graduation rate

Both Rockdale and Newton county school systems had higher graduation rates in 2014 than the state average of 72.5 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

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GPC Newton sees spike in dual enrollment students

Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus has its highest number of dual enrollment students this semester than it has ever had.

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'The Nth Ward' is being filmed in Olde Town

Visitors to Olde Town may see some film production underway in the next few weeks as the shooting of a new thriller has begun.

Newton County Sheriff's Office to make no arrests in connection to Rocky Plains PTO incident

No arrests will be made in connection to the reported misuse of Parent-Teacher Organization funds at Rocky Plains Elementary.

Elks Aidmore in need of children's clothes

A local children’s facility is in dire need of clothes, and is on the search to collect attire for its young residents.

Georgia Department of Labor: Rockdale and Newton unemployment rates drop

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties went down in September, coinciding with a drop in joblessness across the metro-Atlanta area.

Six Newton County elementary schools to get new gym floors

Six Newton County elementary schools will be getting new gym floors.

Newton schools to distribute desktops to low-income students

Students in the Newton County School System can have access to low-cost computers thanks to a new program at Newton College & Career Academy.

Rocky Plains Elementary PTO board disbanded after improper use of funds reported

The Rocky Plains Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization has been disbanded after misuse of funds was reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Teacher of the Year gets free three-month car lease

Newton County Teacher of the Year gets free three-month car lease.

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Indian Creek's Kenneth Hanson named Newton County 2015 Teacher of the Year

Kenneth Hanson has been named as the Newton County School System’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Newton Board of Education approves bus purchases and fuel card contract

The Newton County Board of Education approved some transportation-related purchases at its combined meeting on Oct. 14.

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Newton County Theme School honors National School Lunch Week

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett celebrates National School Lunch Week

Rockdale County Public Schools Foundation seeking nominations for Champions of Education Awards

The Rockdale County Public Schools Foundation is seeking nominations from the community for the Champions of Education Gala on Oct. 25.

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Volunteers show up for Rivers Alive to clean up Porterdale portion of Yellow River Water Trail

A Newton County portion of the Yellow River is much more pristine than it was a few days ago after a clean-up event removed some unwanted litter.

Sims Elementary and J.H. House Elementary to host fall festivals

Fall is officially underway, and two Rockdale schools are planning to celebrate the season with some galas.

Number of students taking AP exams goes up in Newton, down in Rockdale

Rockdale schools are seeing fewer students taking Advanced Placement exams this year, while Newton schools have seen a slight increase in the number of AP test takers over the past year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

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Newton schools receive Golden Radish Award for being farm friendly

The Newton County School System has been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for incorporating agriculture into its everyday facets.

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A bomb threat at Eastside High causes evacuation before school starts

A bomb threat at Eastside High was received early Wednesday morning prior to the start of the school day.

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Newton schools see improvements on 2014 SAT scores

The Newton County School System has seen a significant increase on SAT scores in the past year, with average scores in math and writing improving in all Newton high schools.

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Newton County School System selects finalists for Teacher of the Year

Heather Fuller, Kenneth Hanson and Chris Williams have been chosen as the Newton Teacher of the Year finalists.

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Boy Scout Troop 595 member to hold food drive on Oct. 11

A local Boy Scout is seeking to collect food for Rockdale Emergency Relief.

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Newton County School System names Teacher of the Year finalists

Heather Fuller, Kenneth Hanson and Chris Williams will be vying for the title of Newton County Teacher of the Year after being selected as the school system’s top finalists.

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South Salem Elementary holding Can-a-Thon for Covington Community Food Pantry

South Salem Elementary is holding a food drive.

Leaf burn ban lifted as autumn arrives

With fall officially underway, residents of Rockdale and Newton counties can fill the air with their own smoky, autumn scents as they are now allowed to burn leaves again.

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GPC Newton's tobacco-free policy begins Wednesday

Students at Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton campus may find the air to be a bit more clear than before.

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Newton school-level Teachers of the Year announced

Newton TOTY announced.

G.I. Jobs names Georgia Perimeter College as Military Friendly School

Georgia Perimeter College has been named by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School for the fourth year in a row.

West Newton Elementary continues Flexible Learning Program in school in hopes of bettering math scores

In an effort to boost school-wide math scores, West Newton Elementary is implementing its Flexible Learning Program for the third year in a row.

Annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off returns to Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers

The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers will be hosting the 35th Annual Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Georgia Department of Labor shows unemployment rate rises in Rockdale, goes down in Newton

A rise in unemployment rates across the state is underway, and the Rockdale’s rate went up in August. However, Newton’s rate has dropped slightly in the last month, according to preliminary statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

NCSS approves technology purchases

The Newton County Board of Education recently approved some technological purchases at its regular meeting on Sept. 16.

ALANHS program holds drive to benefit homeless

In its fifth year running, the Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School is holding a collection drive to benefit the homeless.

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful to hold river clean-up event

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful is planning the return of its annual waterway clean-up event, which will take place on Oct. 11.

Covington Lions Club plans for its annual Christmas Parade

Although the holiday season is a few months away, the Covington Lions Club is already getting ready for the holidays by planning its annual Christmas Parade.

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New principal named at Livingston

The Newton County Board of Education named a new principal for Livingston Elementary at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

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Eastside students dress up as characters to celebrate homecoming week

Eastside students dress up as characters to celebrate homecoming week.

Rockdale and Newton schools recognized by DOE as Reward Schools

A few Rockdale schools and Newton have been identified by the Georgia Department of Education as 2014 Title I Reward Schools, doing so after being among the top achieving percentile in the state’s Title I category.

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Eastside High names 2014 Homecoming Court

Eastside High names 2014 Homecoming Court

Porterdale Elementary gets tablets with literacy grant

Porterdale Elementary students will soon have access to Kindle Fire tablets after the school has been awarded a $2,500 grant from Dollar General.

Rockdale BOE to vote on the purchase of more tablets for students and teachers

Rockdale County Public Schools is planning to distribute more electronic devices among its teachers and students, furthering its One-to-One initiative and Three-Year Technology Plan.

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Newton Schools receive five-year official accreditation from AdvancED

The Newton County School System has officially received a five-year accreditation after undergoing an extensive auditing process in March.

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Snapping Shoals partners with NCCA to provide student program

Snapping Shoals EMC has partnered with Newton College & Career Academy to provide students with opportunities and exposure to the electrical industry.

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Indian Creek student Ava Jane Teasley chosen as semifinalist in national competition.

Indian Creek Middle eighth-grader Ava Jane Teasley has been selected as one out of 300 students across the country to be named as a Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars (MASTERS) semifinalist, according to a press release from the Newton County School System.

Rockdale and Newton schools to commemorate 9/11 events

Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System will be commemorating the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a few memorial services.

NCSS receives $216K Mathematics and Science Partnership grant

The Newton County School System has received a $216,010 Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the Georgia Department of Education.

Yellow River Water Trail to host clean-up event

The Yellow River Water Trail is teaming up with various other local organizations to spruce up the portion of the river running through Newton County.

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Pilot Club becomes Partner in Education with Livingston Elementary

As the 2014-15 school year comes into full swing, Livingston Elementary has a new Partner in Education.

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Congressman Johnson joins Honey Creek Country Club for dinner event

Fourth District Congressman Hank Johnson will be joining the Honey Creek Country Club for a dinner to discuss contemporary issues on Sept. 3.

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