Newton County FFA Teams were very successful in competing at this year's Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. The Newton County Beef Show Team won Second Place Beef Livestock Herdsman Award for its division and Newton High School received Honorable Mention for its Chapter Forestry Display.
The Newton County School System continues to surpass Georgia's average graduation rate, with 84.2 percent of county seniors graduating in 2010, compared to 80.8 percent of seniors statewide, according to information released on Tuesday. Newton County has also continued to post yearly increases in its graduation rate for all students.
Piedmont Academy's Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended "Tribulation Trail" in Stockbridge on Oct. 15. The dramatic, biblical presentation began in 1992 and is sponsored by several community churches in the area. The group walked through tiki-lantern lit paths through the woods to experience journeys based on the Bible's book of Revelations.
The Newton County Board of Education will save $9.7 million over several years and get a rebate every six months through its participation in the Qualified School Construction Bond Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"We estimate had you sold regular tax exempt bonds your interest cost would have been $9.7 million over the life of the bonds," said Bryce W. Holcomb Jr., director of the public finance department of Citigroup in Atlanta.
Nick Collins, the former head football coach for Newton High School, has resigned from the school system. The Newton County Board of Education voted to accept his resignation at Tuesday's meeting.
Collins was involved in an incident in August involving Felicia Jackson, the president of the team's booster club, and her juvenile son, a player on the team. According to an incident report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a meeting between Collins and Jackson became heated and as a result of that, her son quit the team and threw his gear near Collins. At that point ...
In an effort to enhance diversity of students in higher education, Georgia Perimeter College recruiter Eric Cuevas works with the college's Hispanic Outreach program to reach out to the underserved students of the Hispanic population.
The first freshman representative was Amberly Moseley, daughter of John and Canessa Moseley of Covington. The second freshman representative was Lynne Marie Edwards, the daughter of Keith and Stephanie Edwards of Covington. Sophomore representatives included Lucy Strickland and Brittnee Phillips. Miss Strickland is the daughter of David and Beck Strickland of Covington. Miss Phillips is the daughter of Don and Shirley Harkins of Monticello. The junior class was represented by Leigh Hicks, the daughter of Frankie and Holly Hicks of Porterdale. The second junior representative was Savannah Holifield, the daughter of Booker and Jennifer Holifield of Mansfield. Completing the court ...
Come celebrate literacy Friday, Oct. 29, on The Square in Covington. Fairview Theme School will be hosting a literacy picnic for students and their families. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, a book to read and wear your Fairview T-shirts. Picnic hours will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mollie Melvin, from the Learning Center, will speak about literacy and the importance of reading. There will also be a special guest reader.