Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled-May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.
Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.
Ralph Brown, an eighth grader at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, picked up a trophy and the title as the 2014 Newton County Spelling Bee Champion after competing in the county-wide spelling completion held at Newton High School Friday.
Newton High School's former principal decided to resign from the county's namesake institution, but that doesn't mean the school has no leader to motivate and guide its students through the remainder of the school year.