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.
Representing the middle school for sixth grade was Madison Burnham, daughter of Carl and Stephanie Burnham of Conyers. For seventh grade, Haley Tyler, daughter of Jim and Laura Tyler of Monticello and Bridgette Phillips, daughter of Don and Shirley Harkins of Monticello. Eighth grade was represented by JaDe' Padgett, daughter of Wendy Cawthon and Ron Padgett of Jackson; Abby Hyde, daughter of Dennis and Jeana Hyde of Mansfield; and Cheyenne Galloway, daughter of Brent and Beth Galloway of Monticello. (Left) 2008 Homecoming Queen Sage Fuller crowned Cheyenne Galloway as queen for 2010.
Junior firefighters: To prepare for "Fire Prevention Week" during the week of Oct. 3-9, Piedmont Academy students in pre-school and kindergarten had a special visit by the Jasper County Fire Department on Tuesday. The firefighter explained the importance of having a family fire safety plan, what to do if their home were to catch on fire and who to call, as well as "stop, drop and roll." The firefighter was dressed in their fireman's suit for the students and explained all the "bells and whistles" associated with their attire along with the tools they use to fight a fire ...