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Ryan McKenzie

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Newton County Theme School kindergarteners hold drive for Newton County Animal Control

Newton County Theme School kindergarteners hold drive for Newton County Animal Control.

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Newton County School System selects 2015 seniors as STAR Students

A new report from the Center for State and Local Finance indicates that Rockdale and Newton county school districts are still feeling the effects the Great Recession, with both systems having lost more than 30 percent of their per student tax digests between between fiscal years 2009 and 2014.

Newton County School System awards interactive panel contract to LeCroy Technology

The Newton County School System is going through with its motion to purchase interactive panels, but has awarded the contract for them to a different company than originally planned.

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Davis and House named Eastside High School's 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Eastside High has named seniors Anna Davis and Evan House as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the class of 2015.

Newton County School System students will not make up missed days due to weather and illness

The Newton County Board of Education decided Tuesday that students will not have to make up school days missed earlier this school year, but no decision was reached on Wednesday’s missed day of school due to the weather.

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Newton High names Ian Cole Valedictorian and Brittany Webb Salutatorian

Graduation may be a few months away, but Newton High has already selected its top students for the class of 2015, including Valedictorian Ian Cole and Salutatorian Brittany Webb.

Georgia Department of Education names Rockdale and Newton schools as AP Honor Schools

Several Rockdale and Newton high schools have been named 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education.

Academy for Liberal Arts at Newton High School to host open house and showcase event

The Academy for Liberal Arts at Newton High School (ALANHS) is preparing to show the community what is has to offer its students, and what they can offer in return.

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'American Pickers' coming to Conyers in search of vintage collectibles

A History Channel series is making its way to Conyers in search of vintage collectables to purchase.

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Tuskegee Airmen member Val Archer pays a visit to Memorial Middle

Tuskegee Airmen member Val Archer pays a visit to Memorial Middle.

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Memorial Middle eighth-grader wins Rockdale County Spelling Bee

Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for one Rockdale County Spelling Bee contestant.

Camp Invention to be held at Newton College & Career Academy this summer

With summer break only a few months away, the Newton County School System has okayed the use of one of its facilities for a week-long camp in June.

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Eastminster School to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to financial situation

Eastminster School, a private school in Conyers, will file for bankruptcy and is looking at the possibility of closing its doors after this school year.

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Fifth annual Kimberly Chance Atkins Foundation's Walk With Angels held in memory of former Conyers resident

As spring approaches, the Kimberly Chance Atkins Foundation is preparing for its fifth annual Walk With Angels—an 8-mile trek through Conyers honoring cancer survivors and those who have succumbed to it.

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Newton County students place in Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair

Several Newton County School System students placed in the Griffin Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Regional Science Fair, with ten projects earning first place awards.

Newton schools report technical problems while taking standardized Online Readiness Test

The Newton County School System, along with several other school systems in the state, reported difficulty with an online Georgia Milestones Statewide Online Site Readiness Test administered last month, and as a result, NCSS students will not be taking the End-of-Grade assessments online this spring.

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Rockdale and Newton students selected to serve on Georgia Department of Education's 2015 Student Advisory Council

Three Newton County students and one Rockdale County student have been selected to serve on the statewide 2015 Student Advisory Council.

Georgia DOL indicates a small increase in unemployment rates for Rockdale and Newton counties

Both Rockdale and Newton counties saw a minor increase in unemployment rates during December, according to recently released preliminary statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

Out in the Country provides support for LGBT community in Rockdale and Newton

A local organization in Rockdale and Newton counties is offering meetings and support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The group, Out in the Country, brings a sense of unity among those LGBT who reside in the Conyers/Covington area.

Newton County School System announces pre-K registration for 2015-16

The Newton County School System is preparing for pre-K registration for the upcoming school year.

Georgia DOL indicates a small increase in unemployments rates for Rockdale and Newton counties

Both Rockdale and Newton counties saw a minor increase in unemployment rates during December, according to recently released preliminary statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Rockdale Career Academy students to assist with productions in new Lexicon Studios

Three Rockdale Career Academy students co-hosted the grand opening of Lexicon Studios on Jan. 29, introducing a video production space for Lexicon Technologies to create technician training and customer support videos.

Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus to have representation on GSU-GPC consolidation committee

After deciding to combine into one school on Jan. 6, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University have appointed a consolidation committee.

Newton County Theme School accepting applications for 2015-16

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year beginning Feb. 2.

Newton County parent expresses concerns over rap song mentioned in student’s assignment

A Newton County parent has expressed concern about the appropriateness of a portion of the curriculum in his son’s classroom.

Newton County School System elects new chair and vice chair, schedules 2015 meetings

The Newton County Board of Education is preparing for 2015, approving its meeting schedule for the year as well as some changes in chair positions.

Newton County Board of Education considers purchase of Clear Touch interactive panels for classrooms

The Newton County School System is contemplating the purchase of new interactive touchscreen panels for classrooms.

Newton County parent expresses concerns over rap song mentioned in student's assignment

A Newton County parent has expressed concern about the appropriateness of a portion of the curriculum in his son’s classroom.

Georgia Perimeter College halts athletic recruiting pending consolidation with Georgia State University

Georgia Perimeter College has suspended recruitment for all of its athletic divisions, and will likely not have any athletic teams next year.

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Darren Berry named as Newton County School System's new director of Student Services

The Newton County School System has hired a new Director of Student Services.

Newton County School System implements new mental healthcare system

A new mental health services program is in the works for the Newton County School System.

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Oxford College students and staff spruce up portion of Oxford Trail | PHOTOS

Oxford College students and staff spruce up portion of Oxford Trail.

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Edwards Middle to perform murder mystery play

Edwards Middle to perform murder mystery play.

Rockdale schools to add more teaching positions for 2015-16

Rockdale County Public Schools is looking at a slight increase in the number of certified teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

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Eastside High students rewarded for safe driving

State Farm rewards Eastside High students for safe driving.

Newton County School System considers phone upgrades for a few facilities

The Newton County School System is contemplating some phone system upgrades for a few of its facilities.

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Girl Scouts begin annual sale of cookies | POLL

Cookie lovers can now rejoice as the Girl Scouts have officially begun the annual sale of their popular confection.

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Newton High students donate pillows to local homeless shelter

Newton High students donate pillows to local homeless shelter.

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Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker and Vice-Chair Abigail Coggin sworn in for second terms

Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker and Vice-Chair Abigail Coggin sworn in for second terms.

Rockdale Career Academy to host annual Focused on the Future 5K in February

Rockdale Career Academy is getting ready for a day of running on Feb. 7.

Georgia Department of Education invites parents to take school climate survey

Parents of Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System are being encouraged to give their input on their students’ schools.

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Georgia State University to merge with Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will soon be one in the same after the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved a proposal recommending the consolidation of the two schools.

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Miracle League of Newton County searches for players as construction of baseball field nears completion

As the completion of its baseball field grows near, the Miracle League of Newton County will be registering new players.

Georgia Department of Labor indicates unemployment drop in Rockdale and Newton

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties are slowly but steadily dropping, a shift that has been trending statewide for the past few months.

Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce to hold Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

As the new year approaches, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to hold its 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

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Conyers native raises money for local children in need this holiday season

Santa Claus may have some competition as a Conyers native and young philanthropist brought the holidays a little closer to home for a few local families in need.

Newton Board of Education renews contract with Beam Enterprises to maintain kitchens

The Newton County School System has renewed a contract to maintain the upkeep of its schools’ kitchens.

Newton County School System to hold Third Annual Innovation Expo

The Newton County School System is amping up for a exhibition featuring innovations in classroom technology.

West Newton Elementary removed from Georgia Department of Education's State Focus School list

West Newton Elementary has been removed from the Georgia Department of Education’s list of State Focus Schools due to improved achievement.

Rockdale and Newton schools see large numbers of students absent recently

Area schools are seeing significant numbers of students absent recently, with illnesses playing a role in students’ being away from the classroom.

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