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Ryan McKenzie

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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.

Event to be held at Conyers library in search of employees

n upcoming job fair, or “talent search” as it has been dubbed by Rockdale County Commissioner Oz Nesbitt, will provide local residents with opportunities to gain employment.

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.