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Ryan McKenzie

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Rockdale and Newton schools search for new staff members

Although the school year began recently, both Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System have several classified and certified positions open.

The square hosts concerts in September

As autumn draws near, local residents are invited to come visit the downtown square and enjoy some music on Thursday afternoons in September.

Georgia State Patrol prepares for Labor Day DUI and safety checkpoints

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and the Georgia State Patrol is planning to amp up its safety enforcement measures.

Newton schools start Labor Day weekend early

Students in the Newton County School System will be getting a head start on their Labor Day weekend.

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Sen. Johnny Isakson visits Career Academy

Senator Johnny Isakson visits NCCA.

East Newton Elementary parent reports seeing rodents

East Newton Elementary is experiencing a rodent problem, according to a school parent and a statement from Newton County School System Superintendent.

East Newton Elementary experiencing a rodent problem

East Newton Elementary is experiencing a rodent problem, according to a school parent and a statement from Newton County School System Superintendent.

Mays named interim assistant principal at RCA

Chris Mays has been appointed by the Rockdale County Board of Education as the new interim principal at Rockdale Career Academy.

RCA gets new interim principal

Chris Mays has been appointed by the Rockdale County Board of Education as the new interim principal at Rockdale Career Academy.

Unemployment in Rockdale, Newton rises as state is ranked 50th in jobless rates

As Georgia is currently ranked 50th in the country for unemployment rates, the jobless rates in Rockdale and Newton counties went up in July.

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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.

Newton schools see increase in ACT scores

The Newton County School System is reporting an overall increase in ACT scores in last year, in addition to more test takers since 2013-14.

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ABC Studios to film 'Red Band Society' in Covington

In addition to “The Vampire Diaries” and other movies and TV shows, ABC’s “Red Band Society” will soon be added to the list of shows filmed in Covington.

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RCA assistant principal becomes new NCCA principal

The Newton County Board of Education announced that Chad Walker will be the new principal/CEO of Newton College & Career Academy at its regular meeting on Tuesday night.

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GPTC Law Enforcement Academy first in Georgia to receive CALEA accreditation

GPTC Law Enforcement Academy receives CALEA accreditation

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Newton High Sound Factory Marching Band seeks funds for D.C. trip

The Newton High School Sound Factory Marching Band is in the process of raising money for a trip to the nation’s capital next summer.

Newton Trails to host anniversary Community Walk on Aug. 23

Newton Trails plans to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of its first major project with a Community Trail Walk on Aug. 23.

Sims parents express concerns about AVID, facility condition to BOE

Several Sims Elementary parents brought their concerns to the Rockdale County Board of Education at its regular work session Thursday night, particularly about the school’s technology services, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and facility conditions.

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Local Girl Scout Toop finds homes for dogs

The Newton County School System’s current enrollment report is indicating a slight decline in students from this time last year.

NCSS sees slight drop in student enrollment since last year

The Newton County School System’s current enrollment report is indicating a slight decline in students from this time last year.

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Local band holds concert to benefit Conyers resident

Rockdale residents will be hosting the Koncert 4 Kerbow fundraiser at the Cherokee Run Golf Club pavilion on Saturday.

Rock Eagle to host Watershed Exploration

The Rock Eagle 4-H Center is inviting the local community to enjoy the end of summer with a Watershed Exploration on Aug. 16.

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Local band holds concert to benefit Conyers resident

Rockdale residents will be hosting the Koncert 4 Kerbow fundraiser at the Cherokee Run Golf Club pavilion on Saturday.

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Family Promise of NewRock names new executive director

Family Promise of NewRock has announced that Jackie Sprague will be serving as the organization’s new executive director.

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NCSS to host Education Summit with renowned speaker Adolph Brown

The Newton County School System will host its Education Summit on Aug. 23 at Newton High, and will have renowned instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown present to speak.

Jersey Day to benefit local nonprofits

Local employees and sports fans will have a chance to show their team spirit while benefiting a worthy cause at the same time with the Newton Fund’s Jersey Day kicking off on Aug. 29.

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Newton school buses equipped to track illegal passers

As the 2014-15 school year begins, school buses are hitting the roads once again, and the Newton County School System is tracking drivers who illegally pass school buses.

Newton Schools searching for seventh-grade SAC members

With a new school year at hand, the Newton County School System is looking for seventh-grade students to join its Student Advisory Council.

GPTC Law Enforcement Academy first in state to get CALEA accreditation

Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy has been announced as the first training facility of its kind in Georgia to be recognized by a national agency.

RCPS tracks state results on EOCTs

Rockdale County Public Schools fared well on the literature portions of the End of Course Tests, but had some difficulty with the math content areas — results that correlate with the state’s average scores.

Newton students return for first day of school

With the 2014-15 school year officially under way, thousands of Newton County students headed back to the classroom on Friday morning.

Newton schools perform similar to state average on EOCT

Reflecting statewide End of Course Tests scores, Newton County schools performed well on literature and social studies areas, but had difficulty with the math portions.

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Golden State Foods donates backpacks full of school supplies to NCSS

The Newton County School System has received an ample amount of donations from Golden State Foods Foundation and United Stationers.

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Clowns come to Covington YMCA to talk about pool safety

Clowns talk about pool safety at Covington YMCA.

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Middle Ridge Elementary principal to join leadership association

Middle Ridge Elementary principal Michael Forehand has been selected to join a prestigious association of principals.

Conyers, Edwards Middle ready to open despite construction

Although construction projects at Conyers Middle and Edwards Middle are not entirely completed, the Rockdale Board of Education has stated that the schools will be prepared for the first day of school on Monday.

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NCSS hosts technology conference to prepare teachers for upcoming school year

Teachers prepare for coming school year.

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Annual car show to benefit Miracle League's baseball field

Car and bike enthusiasts are invited to attend the Miracle League of Newton County’s Fifth Annual Miracle League Car and Bike Show.

Newton BOE extends superintendent's contract

The Newton County School System can expect Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey to stay on board for the next few years.

Jobless rates up in Rockdale, Newton

The Georgia Department of Labor has released statistics indicating that unemployment rates have gone up slightly in Rockdale and Newton counties during the month of June, mirroring the statewide trend of a minor pickup in the number of unemployed residents.

NCSS approves new millage rate and staff salary increases

The Newton County Board of Education approved new millage rates and salary increases for the 2015 fiscal year budget at its combined session on Tuesday evening.

Tax-free weekend during the first weekend of August

Students in Rockdale and Newton counties will have an opportunity to purchase tax-free school supplies on August 1 and 2.

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Newton students start new year with new supplies

A new school year is on the horizon and Newton County parents are heading out to buy school supplies.

Voting set to take place in Rockdale and Newton on Tuesday

Runoff elections are set for Tuesday, and voters in Rockdale and Newton counties are preparing to cast their ballots for U.S. Senate and state school superintendent, as well as a few local races in Newton.

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HPSSC and First Baptist find new owner for Celeste Dupree house

The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle has found someone to take ownership of the late Celeste Dupree house.

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Salem High grad makes it on 'MasterChef'

A local native and Salem High graduate is demonstrating her culinary skills on Fox’s competitive cooking show “MasterChef.

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New dorm for students

Construction is almost complete on Oxford College of Emory University’s new dormitory.

Newton students struggle with math on EOCTs

The Newton County School System scored at or above the state average in the areas of literature, science and social studies on high school End of Course Tests, but fell below the state average in math.

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Newton students perform 1980s-themed musical numbers

Students of the Arts Association in Newton County’s Musical Theatre Camp practice their “Thriller” routine before opening night on Friday.

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Conyers commemorates 150-year anniversary of Olde Town train depot attack

Brigadier General Kenner D. Garrard led a raid on Conyers 150 years ago during the Civil War, and the Rockdale County Historical Society along with the Major General Joseph Wheeler Camp #863 Sons of Confederate Veterans are hosting a commemorative event in observance of the sesquicentennial anniversary.

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