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Ryan McKenzie

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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.

New film and music studio for GPTC

Joining the growing entertainment industry in the metro Atlanta area, Georgia Piedmont Technical College will cut the ribbon on its new Design and Media Production Technology Studio and Labs on July 24.

Newton students fare better in reading than math on CRCT

The Newton County School System has stated in a press release that it has shown an improvement on Criterion-Referenced Competency Test middle and elementary scores in the past year, but statistics from the Georgia Department of Education show that some NCSS elementary schools could use further improvement.

Conyers native named brigadier general

Local native and 1983 Heritage High graduate Joseph Rank has recently been dubbed a brigadier general, a U.S. Army ranking between colonel and major general.

Suddeth named principal at RCHS; Arnold to lead Magnet School

Rockdale County Public Schools has some new academic leaders for the upcoming school year.

Newton Trails is planning an overnight trip to Greenville

Planning for a Saturday getaway, Newton Trails is preparing for an overnight trip to Greenville, S.C., taking local trail lovers on a field trip to another state’s path system.

RCA hosts summer camp in partnership with Google

Rockdale students looking for something to do over their summer vacation can explore the world of technology and design through a camp held at Rockdale Career Academy.

Cici's Pizza will raise money for Special Olympics Georgia

For the entire month of July, local pizza lovers will have a chance to indulge their love for the cheesy food and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.

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Local middle school student attends Vanderbilt summer program

A local upcoming eighth-grade homeschool student was selected to take part in a national summer program for scholastically skilled students.

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Oxford native writes book on history of town

In celebration of the town’s 175th anniversary, an Oxford native and author has penned a compilation of accounts summarizing histories of the town, complete with hundreds of photographs documenting Oxford residents and locales throughout the past two centuries.

International students to be accepted at Peachtree Academy in 2014-15

Peachtree Academy will be expanding its horizons in the upcoming school year, accepting international students from across the globe to study and attend through the visa process.

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Newton Arts Association holds musical theatre camp at NCCA

The Arts Association in Newton County is getting ready to take students back in time a few decades with its upcoming Musical Theatre Camp, beginning on July 7.

DOL stats show slight unemployment increase in Rockdale and Newton

Although unemployment rates have been showing a steady decrease in previous months, an influx of new graduates into the job market reversed that trend in May.

Newton CRCT scores show mixed results

The Newton County School System recently received its scores for this past year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests from the Georgia Department of Education, surpassing the state average in some areas, but falling below the state’s average in some as well.

Snapping Shoals EMC partnering with Green Power EMC to provide solar power

In an effort to provide a cleaner form of energy, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is taking part in one of Georgia’s largest solar energy projects to date.

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Salem High grad gets volleyball scholarship to Livingstone

Salem High School graduate Stevee Cotton signs a scholarship to play volleyball at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

Newton Trails hosts walk to celebrate start of summer

The first official day of summer is just around the corner, and Newton Trails is celebrating by inviting local residents to come outside for a walk.

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Social Circle Middle students place in historic preservation competition

Celebrating National Preservation Month in May, a few local middle-schoolers took part in a challenge to honor the history of Social Circle.

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Flightless geese temporarily inhabit area lakes and ponds

Some area lakes and ponds may currently be seeing a surplus in some feathery friends, and they’re here to stay for some time as part of an annual change in their anatomy.

GPTC expands transit training facility

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is getting ready to start construction on a new addition to the school’s campus, one which will train students for careers in the transportation field.

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Local student collects school supplies for students in need

In preparation for the school year beginning on Aug. 1, a local elementary student is not only getting herself ready, but her fellow classmates as well.

GPTC expands transit training facility

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is getting ready to start construction on a new addition to the school’s campus, one which will train students for careers in the transportation field.

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Local Scout builds duck habitats to be recognized as Eagle Scout

In an effort to be recognized as the highest Scout rank possible, an area Boy Scout has engineered several small structures that will benefit some local fauna.

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Local student collects school supplies for students in need

In preparation for the school year beginning on Aug. 1, a local elementary student is not only getting herself ready, but her fellow classmates as well.

Rockdale and Newton citizens have chance to take part in fun online summer camp

Rockdale and Newton students are out of school for the summer, but an online summer camp can keep their minds fresh until the upcoming semester begins.

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RCA offers course to train firefighters

Students interested in a career in firefighting will have an opportunity to delve farther into the subject matter with a new course being offered at Rockdale Career Academy in the upcoming school year.

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Alcovy grad to attend U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall

A recent Alcovy High graduate is preparing to head to Colorado Springs to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall, accepting a full-ride football scholarship.

First Baptist of Conyers to host car show

Car enthusiasts will get to exert their passion at the First Baptist Church of Conyers’ Father’s Day Car Show on June 14.

Eastminster School announces new headmaster

Eastminster School will begin the upcoming school year with a new headmaster, which the school’s Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday.

NCSS approves contracts regarding school nutrition for next year

The Newton County School System is preparing to feed its students in 2014-15, approving various contracts at the Board of Education’s combined meeting on Tuesday.

Newton school buses to have tracking and monitoring software installed

Buses in the Newton County School System will be more easily tracked and monitored with a new software that will be installed in the upcoming school year.

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Royal family of Filipino village lives in Newton

Soneta Malit, her husband and children live a routine life in Newton County, but in a remote Philippines village their lives are much more influential.

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Boy Scout wins Eagle Scout Award for accomplishments

After graduating with a 4.0 grade point average from Georgia Cyber Academy, a local teenager has earned the Eagle Scout Award—the highest-ranking award in the Boy Scouts of America.

Newton County libraries holding summer reading program

Students have the chance to keep their minds fresh over the summer with the Newton County Library System’s Summer Reading Program, and have some fun at the same time.

Woodlee's Christian Academy closes doors for good

Schools have closed their doors for summer, but one local private school has decided to permanently close its doors.

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Porterdale Elementary's last day of 2013-14

Thursday was the last day of school for Newton County public school students.

Art Gallery offers a variety of creative opportunities for summer

Summer vacation is here, and students interested in artistic endeavors can join the Southern Heartland Art Gallery for a few camp sessions.

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Newton High graduate to attend US Naval Academy

After graduating high school, a Newton High alumnus is taking a big step forward to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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YACS graduates 11th senior class

Young Americans Christian School’s class of 2014 graduated on May 16 at Glen Haven Baptist Church, located in McDonough.

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Newton County Theme School celebrates highest middle school CCRPI score in state

With the highest middle school scores on the College and Career Performance Readiness Index in the entire state, the Newton County Theme School held a celebration at the Newton College & Career Academy on Thursday.

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton dropped slightly over the past month

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties continue to drop, reflecting the declining joblessness trend across the state.