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THE DINKY This 1905 Rogers steam locoWelcome to the Rockdale motive hauled cotton bales from & Newton County 2017 Fact the rail lines in Conyers to the Book — all things factual about Callaway Mill in Mislead, about Rockdale and Newton counties. 3.5 miles away. This diminuThis special section is detive locomotive is one of three signed to provide residents and known to exist in the world. It is newcomers with easy access owned by the Rockdale County to important information about Historical Society and is permatheir local communities — evnently housed across from the erything from public safety to Conyers Welcome Center and education to economic develop- Historic Train Depot. Visitors ment, and much more. may stop by and see the engine At the same time, because at any time. we know that the Rockdale and Newton communities are so THE OLDE JAIL much more than just facts, we The Olde Jail Museum is have included information to located at 967 Mislead Ave. help convey the flavor and char- The building housed Rockdale acter of each of our communiCounty’s first permanent jail. ties. We begin by showcasing Today it serves as a museum some of the points of interest and displays old farming tools, that help us create and enjoy a American Indian artifacts, sense of community. Whether historic household items and a you’re interested in local history collection of law enforcement or just looking for an afternoon memorabilia. It is open for tours outdoors, the east metro area of- the first Saturday of each month fers a wide array of attractions. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except Here’s a sampling: holidays.

THE MONASTERY The Monastery of the Holy Spirit was carved out of wooded acreage along Ga. Highway 212 in 1944 by a group of 21 Trappist monks from the Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky. The roads leading to the monastery were then unpaved, and only a small segment of the area population was Catholic. The monks began life in an old barn at what was once the Honey Creek Plantation, and their first order of business was to build the Abbey Church, a task that took them 15 years to complete. The Monastery complex has since grown to include many more permanent structures, including craft studios and workshops, a greenhouse featuring Bonsai trees for sale, a visitors center and a gift shop. Mass and liturgy schedules are available, as are retreats for individuals or groups. See ATTRACTIONS, Page 4

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to Conyers for the Games, but city planners wanted to extend the success of the complex far beyond the Olympics. The stateof-the-art stables are rented out regularly for equestrian events and horse shows and there are more than 15 miles of horse trails available. Visitors can ride mountain bikes over 8 miles of

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service, those missing in action and prisoners of war. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial is developed around a “visual and interactive” concept to educate park visitors about these sacrifices and to honor those who made them. It includes a 900foot memorial, an amphitheater, a walking trail and more. In the works are warfront enclaves, which will provide a visual display of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Another planned venue is the “Home Front” which will include a museum and other amenities. There is no admission fees, and parking, maps and broVETERANS chures are available. Self-guided MEMORIAL PARK tours and picnic facilities are also Located on a 12-acre site at the Randy Pointer Lake on Black available. For operating hours Shoals Road, visitors are invited and more, call 770-273-7003 or go to to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of U.S. veterans from See INTERESTS, Page 5 all five branches of military

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•From Page 4 BLACK SHOALS PARK Rockdale County’s Black Shoals Park at Randy Pointer Lake is located in north Rockdale and includes areas for picnicking and hiking, and a 650-acre reservoir. Fishing is allowed from the bank, a pier or small boats. No gasoline motors are allowed. There is no admission fee and free parking is available. There are picnic facilities and a public restroom. PANOLA MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, this state park offers a variety of activities including biking, boating, camping, fishing and hiking. Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain. Visitors are urged to contact the park at 800-864-7275 for reservations, guided tours or organized activities. The park is located at 2620 Ga. Highway

155, just over the Rockdale/Henry county line.

CHIMNEY PARK This urban woodland at 8201 Hazelbrand Road, Covington, next door to the Newton County Library, is a passive play area built around the chimney that remains at what was once the site of the old Patterson House. The park is designed with the needs of all ability levels in mind. CHARLIE ELLIOTT WILDLIFE CENTER The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities and programs. The center, located just south of Mansfield in Newton County, offers conference and banquet facilities, as well as public fishing, hunting and outdoor education programs. For more information, visit georgiawildlife. com/CharlieElliott.

TURNER LAKE COMPLEX The Turner Lake Complex, offering passive recreation, fishing and team sports, is located on Turner Lake Road in Covington. The 34,000-square-foot complex features a gymnasium, indoor walking track, conference center and community room. Outdoor amenities include softball fields, a youth football field, a lakeside

pavilion, a fishing pier, a picnic area, tot-lot playground, 3 miles of walking trails and a 26-acre lake. The park is open from daylight until dusk, seven days a week. The administrative office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gym and walking track are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Rockdale BOC oversees policy, spending took office in 2017. Doreen Williams was elected Rockdale County is governed Post 2 commisby a three-member Board of sioner in 2014 Commissioners, and took office which includes in 2015. a chairman and The Board of two commissionCommissioners ers. Commisis responsible sion members for establishing Doreen are elected in county policies Williams partisan, at-large and for setting elections to serve the county budget. The board Oz Nesbitt staggered terms adopts the budget and authorizes of four years expenditures. The board also apeach. proves or denies zonings throughOz Nesbitt out the county. The commission was elected chairman is responsible for the chairman in 2016 daily operations of the county. and took office Rockdale County’s vision statein 2017. Prior ment is: “Rockdale is a perfectlySherri to being elected positioned community with a Washington chairman, Nesrock-solid approach dedicated to bitt was the Post 1 commissioner excellence in customer service, for eight years. quality of life and global economic Sherri Washington was elected development.” Post 1 commissioner in 2016 and The Rockdale County Board of


Commissioners meets in work sessions at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month and at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. They meet in regular voting meetings at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The directors of all county-run departments, with the exception of those headed by elected officials,

report directly to the chairman of the Board of Commissioners. The County Attorney is Qader M. Baig, and the County Clerk is Jennifer Rutledge. The Rockdale County Office is located at 962 Milstead Ave. in Conyers. The main phone number is 770-278-7000. The county website is

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thorizes expenditures. The board also approves or denies zonings throughout the county. The County manager is Lloyd Kerr, the county attorney is Megan Martin and the county clerk is Jackie Smith. The board holds official board meetings the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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Lanier Sims has been the District 2 commissioner since 2010, Newton County is governed winning re-election in 2014. by a six-member Board of ComNancy Schulz, representing missioners, which includes a District 3, began her third term chairman and five commissionin 2017. Schulz has been on the ers. Commission members are BOC since 2008, winning reelected in partisan, district elecelection in 2012 and 2016. tions to serve staggered terms of J.C. Henderson made history four years each. in 2014 when he won re-election Daily operations as the District 4 commissioner are handled by for the fifth time. He is now the an appointed longest-serving commissioner in county manager. the history of the Newton County Marcello Board of Commissioners. Banes was Ronnie Cowan was elected elected chairDistrict 5 commissioner in 2016 man in 2016 and and began his term in 2017. Marcello began his term Cowan previously served as the Banes in 2017. Human Resources director for Stan Edwards was elected the city of Covington. District 1 commissioner in 2016 The Board of Commissioners and began his term in 2017. Ed- is responsible for establishing wards was previously a member county policies and for setting of the Newton County Board of the county budget. The board Education. adopts the county budget and au-

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the Hometown Holiday Parade, ice skating at the Olde Town Pavilion, The city of Conyers has the largcar shows, concerts and more. est population of any of the seven For more information on Conyers Total Population: 15,875 incorporated areas in Rockdale and events, visit (July 2015 est.) Newton counties. Conyers also Conyers is governed by a mayor Population Growth from 2010: 4.5 percent has the highest household income and five City Council members White: 29.9 percent among all cities in the two-county who are elected to four-year terms. Black: 56.6 percent area. The city is managed by an appointHispanic: 16.3 percent The history of Conyers is tied ed city manager. Asian: 1.4 percent to the rail line that bisects RockConyers City Hall is located at Households: 5,291 dale County. Conyers was initially 1184 Scott St. and can be reached Median Household developed as a watering post along at 770-483-4411. Income: $37,293 the Georgia Railroad line in the The Conyers Welcome Center is High School Education or mid-1800s. The city was named located in the Olde Town Railroad Higher: 82.4 percent for W.D. Conyers, a banker from Depot at 901 Railroad St., 770Covington who owned the site of 602-2606. The city website can be Today Conyers is a thriving com- accessed at the watering post and sold it to the mercial district serving the surroundrailroad. Mayor and City Council: In 1870, Rockdale County was ing region. The city hosts a number For correspondence with the created out of neighboring Newton of events throughout the year, with mayor and council, please email: County, and what had been a water- the largest being the renowned ing post became the seat of the new Cherry Blossom Festival held at the Mayor Randy Mills county. Rockdale County is the Georgia International Horse Park, Councilman John Fountain, second-smallest county in the state which is owned and operated by the District 4 of Georgia, and Conyers is its sole city. Other events hosted in the city Councilman Cleveland Stroud, municipality. include the Olde Town Fall Festival, District 1


Councilman Chris Bowen, District 2, Post 1 Councilman Vince Evans, District 2, Post 1 Councilman Gerald Hinesley, District 3 Departments: City Manager Tony Lucas, 770-929-4226, email: tony.lucas@ Chief of Police: Gene Wilson, 770-483-6600, email: Chief Financial Officer, Isabel Rogers, 770-483-4411, email: Chief Operating Officer, David Spann, 770-929-4217, email: david. Director of Information Technology, Kameron Kelley, 770-7856694, email: Kameron.kelley@ Director of Public Relations and Tourism, Jennifer Edwards, 770-929-4299, email: jennifer.

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History, Hollywood come together in Covington FROM STAFF REPORTS The city of Covington, known as “The Hollywood of the South,” has been and continues to be the setting for many television series as well as TV movies and major motion pictures. As such, many sites throughout the city have become familiar to viewers around the world. The history of the city is one aspect that makes it such an appealing venue for filmmakers. Covington was incorporated in 1822 and is the seat of Newton County. It is the largest of the five cities in Newton County. Covington offers a vibrant downtown area and numerous events to engage residents and visitors. Among those events are the Independence in the Park Fourth of July celebration, Christmas on the Square and Thursday noontime concerts on the Square in May and September in conjunction with the Arts Association in Newton

Total Population: 13,916 (July 2015 est.) Population Growth from 2010: 6.1 percent White: 46.8 percent Black: 47.4 percent Hispanic: 5.5 percent Asian: 0.7 percent Households: 5,125 Median Household Income: $36,678 High School Education or Higher: 77.8 percent

County. Covington is governed by a sixmember City Council and mayor, who are all elected to four-year terms. The city manager is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the council. The mayor and council meet on the first and third Mondays of each month. A work session is held prior

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Oxford offers history, education, community FROM STAFF REPORTS Steeped in history, the city of Oxford, home of Oxford College of Emory University, is adjacent to the city of Covington’s northern border on Ga. Highway 81. Oxford was chartered in 1839 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as the home of Emory College, which is the birthplace of Emory University. Oxford bills itself as “A City of History, Community, Education and Trees.” In addition to history and education, Oxford offers a 1.2mile, 8-foot-wide concrete trail that runs along wooded, undeveloped rights of way behind the campus and along picturesque Turkey Creek. The trail features benches, a kiosk with information about native plants and animals, both forest and meadow habitats, and a large deck under the tree canopy behind Oxford’s historic Old Church.

OXFORD BY THE NUMBERS Total Population: 2,134 White: 55.5 percent Black: 32.6 percent Hispanic: 4.7 percent Asian: 11.3 percent Households: 574

Oxford is governed by a mayor and six council members who are elected to four-year terms. The mayor and council meet monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. in the Oxford City Hall. The city of Oxford is the birthplace of Oxford College. The city Oxford info is considered a Georgia Historic Shrine of the United Methodist • City Hall: 110 West Clark Church. (Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith) St. • Phone number: 770-7867004 • Mayor: Jerry Roseberry Windham • Fax number: 770-786-2211 • Council Post 1: Sarah Davis • Council Post 6: Melvin • Website: www.oxfordgeor• Council Post 2: George Holt Baker • Council Post 3: Mike Ready • City Manager: Bob • Business hours: 8 a.m. to 5 • Council Post 4: David Eady Schwartz p.m. Monday through Friday • Council Post 5: James • City Clerk: Lauran Willis

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Porterdale’s past, future tied to Yellow River FROM STAFF REPORTS

Situated on the banks of the Yellow River, Porterdale is one of the best preserved examples of a Georgia mill town. The town is located southwest of Covington on Ga. Highway 81. Porterdale takes its name from Oliver Porter, a community leader who held shares of the Cedar Shoals Manufacturing Company in 1869. The Cedar Shoals Mill, also called the Old Porterdale Mill, stands on the banks of the Yellow River and dominates the central city area. As a textile mill town, Porterdale’s past is tied to the Yellow River, as is its future. Town leaders are working to make the river and associated activities a focal point of the town’s economic development. Activities and events in Porterdale include kayaking on the Yellow River, disc golf at Yellow River Park, the Yellow River

The city of Porterdale, with its history rooted in textile mills, grew up on the banks of the Yellow River. Today, the river is playing an integral role in the revitalization of the town. (Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

PORTERDALE BY THE NUMBERS Total Population: 1,483 White: 66.5 percent Black: 27.5 percent Hispanic: 4.2 percent Median Household Income: $32,813 Households: 550

Jam music festival in September, Fourth of July fireworks and street party, a Christmas parade and TUBACHRISTMAS performance. The Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Newton event is held in the historic Porter Memorial Gymnasium and an outdoor venue. The city is governed by a mayor and five council members who are elected to four-year terms. The city manager oversees the day-today operations of the city. Council meetings are held the first Mon-

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The city of Mansfield is located in eastern Newton County at the junction of Ga. Highway 213 and Ga. Highway 11. The full identity of the “Mr. Mansfield” for whom the town was named was a mystery until the summer of 2016 when descendents visited the town and shared some of the history associated with their grandfather, Eugene Warren Mansfield. As legend has it, Mansfield was named after the last man standing in a liquor-drinking contest. Mr. Mansfield left the town named in his honor soon thereafter, and his full name was lost to history until last summer. Mansfield is in the midst of a transformation, with a new city center planned that will include greenspace, parking and a pavilion. Nearby

Beaver Park offers a youth Total Population: 410 baseWhite: 88 percent ball and Black: 7.3 percent softball Hispanic: 1.7 percent Households: 141 practice field, walking track, tennis court and pavilion. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, a state facility, is located just outside the city limits. Mansfield is governed by a mayor and a five-member council who serve staggered four-year terms. The mayor and council meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Mansfield Community Building at 3158 Ga. Highway 11. A work session is held on the Thursday evening prior to the regular meeting.


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FROM STAFF REPORTS Newborn, located in eastern Newton County on Ga. Highway 142, was first known as Sandtown. The town was incorporated on Jan. 1, 1898; however, historical documents indicate that the area was known as Newborn as early as 1839. Newborn is governed by a mayor and four-member council who are elected to four-year staggered terms. Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. at the Zeigler-Childs Building. Newborn is home to the annual Horny Head Fish Festival and Tournament in April, Trunk N Treat in

NEWBORN BY THE NUMBERS Total Population: 734 White: 78.6 percent Black: 16.1 percent Hispanic: 4.5 percent Households: 243

October and acoustic music on the second Saturday of each month at Town Park, weather permitting, and the third Saturday night at the Historic Schoolhouse. For more information, visit www.newbornschoolhouse. org. In addition, Newborn is located near the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Olympic-size impact continues in Rockdale FROM STAFF REPORTS Last summer Conyers and Rockdale County celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games events that were held at the Georgia International Horse Park. Hosting the Olympics equestrian events was a staggering undertaking by the city, but the hard work paid off with rapid and quality economic impact that continues today. Early developments in response to the horse park events included the large shopping center at Dogwood Drive and Ga. Highway 138 and the major development at the intersection of Eastview Parkway and Ga. Highway 138, the site of a gravel parking lot used to bus fans

to the Olympic events. The county had two hotels prior to the Olympics — now there are 16. “It created a lot of growth on the retail side and added to our industrial depth,” said Marty Jones, executive director of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council. Jones noted many recent developments in the community, such as Batchelor and Kimball Inc. breaking ground in 2016 for its 100,000-square-foot headquarters building. It is a $6 million project that will generate $250,000 in tax revenue. In another HQ development, C&K Plastics purchased its new Georgia headquarters building early in 2016 and has begun pro-

duction in its 90,000-square-foot facility. Also in 2016 a Sigman Road building project was completed by Ashley Capital and leased to Golden State Foods. This 175,000-square-foot building was the largest speculative building constructed in Rockdale County in the last 15 years, representing investment of more than $10 million. Eastside Stageworks LLC purchased the “Hall” building in 2016. The 130,000-square-foot building, known as East Mountain Studios, has been used for numerous TV and film projects for a decade. In 2015, production of the “Sleepy Hollow” television series moved from North Carolina to Conyers, occupying 215,000

square feet of production, office and sound stage space. In addition, Bonanza Productions Inc. contributes to economic development with its regular filming of the TV series “The Originals” in Olde Town Conyers. The local tourism industry is growing in Rockdale, especially because of the TV and film industry in and around Conyers. The industry employs about 1,250 workers locally and generates $4.67 million in state taxes and another $3.64 million in city and county taxes. For more information call the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, 678-509-0133 or the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, 770-483-7049.

Newton on map for economic development The center has the potential to generate approximately 2,000 Newton County and Covington new jobs and an annual payroll of are economic development hot $125 million. If fully built out in 15 spots in the state of Georgia. years, the estimated property tax In its first meeting of 2017, the revenue would be around $43 milCovington City Council approved a lion for the city, county and Newton development that promises a major County School System. impact on the local economy, an That news followed an announceupscale mixed-use shopping center ment last summer that Three Ring near the Covington Municipal Studio will build multiple studios Airport. Covington Town Center and offices for preproduction, prowill provide 78 acres for retail rent- duction and postproduction facilities als, 264,000 square feet for office for television, film, music and video space, 770,470 square feet for retail game productions, also near the and restaurants, 52,500 square feet airport. The industry-unique concept for entertainment space such as a for the studio is that it will be a movie theater, 5.2 acres for two one-stop shop for the industry and hotels (310 rooms), 264,000 square provide jobs that will bring annual feet for office space and 18.2 acres incomes of $80,000 or more. of green space. Those developments, along with FROM STAFF REPORTS

continuing construction of Shire, formerly Baxter, the giant biopharmaceutical plant and training center on the eastern Newton County line, have made the five-year capital improvement plan to convert the Covington Municipal Airport into a regional airport even more important. Construction of a new terminal to serve increased air traffic is underway. The Covington Square has become a thriving destination point, with two more restaurants opening in the past year. The Square itself has been developed into Covington Square Park with a performance stage and improvements to the grounds. A highly successful Main Street program has produced events that draw crowds to downtown

Covington for family fun. Film tourism is booming, and the city has trademarked the brand, “Hollywood of the South.” The success of “The Vampire Diaries” TV series prompted a dramatic jump in domestic and international visitors, according to Jenny McDonald, director of tourism for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. Covington also is a stop on the new Georgia’s Undead Trail, a 93-mile journey to sites where TV vampire and zombie scenes are filmed. Newton County ranks in the top five in tourist revenues among 19 counties that make up Georgia’s “Historic Heartland” region. Visit for more information or call 770-786-7510.

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Diverse arts scene thrives in Olde Town FROM STAFF REPORTS

Whether it’s a stroll through the gallery exhibit at the Center Street Arts Theater, storytelling by the Snow Queen or a concert in The Pavilion in Olde Town Conyers, there’s something for everyone in Conyers and Rockdale County. The Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts has been very busy in recent years cranking up arts, theater and music activities for the community. A partnership of the CRCA and the city of Conyers presents Lunch on the Lawn concerts at the

pavilion on the last Friday of each month through spring and summer months. Each year, concerts in the pavilion feature widely known musical acts such as the Drifters and the popular A1A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band. Additionally, Siebert has initiated intimate concerts in the Center Street black box theater, showcasing up-and-coming local acts such as the acoustic duo Benson and Lienweber and jazz by Derwin Daniels and Friends. This fall Bill Oberst presented his acclaimed Mark Twain-style “Lewis Grizzard Live” show in the theater.

Local restaurants such as Celtic Tavern, The Whistle Post and Las Flores, as well as the AWAKE coffee house, feature local musical acts, and the CRCA hosts an open mic night on the first Tuesday of each month at the Center Street theater. The Olde Town Merchants Association presented the city’s first Winterfest in conjunction with the Conyers-Rockdale Annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting, which included many festive attractions such as an Art Stroll — an art exhibit of local artists, sculptors and

photographers. The Conyers’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Olde Town Fall Festival also are mustsee events for families and anyone looking for a festive occasion. For theater fans, the New Depot Players community theater troupe performs plays and musicals at the depot stage and theater, delighting audiences with hits such as “Sweeney Todd,” “The Dixie Swim Club” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” For more information, contact the Conyers Visitor Center, 770602-2606 or the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, 770-9223143.

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rate to produce monthly evening concerts on the Square in the sumThat the Atlanta Symphony mertime. Orchestra performed at the grand Leading up to Covington’s wideopening of the Porter Performing ly acclaimed fireworks display on Arts Center stands as a testimony to July Fourth, local bands perform on the quality of arts, music and theater two stages throughout the afternoon in Newton County these days. A and evening. A popular feature is ribbon cutting in October officially the Newton County Community made a decade-old dream come Band performance, which features true, as local citizens and dignitaries a stirring rendition of “The Battle celebrated the opening of the new Hymn of the Republic.” state-of-the-art venue. The ASO first Last year Covington showcased played in Covington in 1985. concerts at the amphitheater of “Our plan now with the new the newly renovated Legion Field, performing arts center is to bring and city officials are confident the them annually. It is a big deal to amphitheater band shell will be the have the symphony here annually scene of future performances. and to partner with them,” said Children can get valuable Buncie Lanners, director of the Arts musical training through the arts Association in Newton County. association’s Oxford Youth Singer The Arts Association and Main program, and last year the orgaStreet Covington co-sponsor the nization added the Oxford Acting Concerts on the Square series each Company to its growing list of Thursday in May and September. youth programming. The two organizations also collaboLike the community band,

the Covington Regional Ballet Company comes under the Arts Association umbrella, which includes art and musical theater camps in collaboration with the Newton County School System. In 2014, the organization added the Newton County Youth Strings program, offering lessons in cello and violin. The Arts Association has an

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Piedmont Newton serving for more than 60 years FROM STAFF REPORTS Piedmont Newton Hospital joined Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1, 2015, expanding the health system’s services and professionals to the residents of Newton County and surrounding areas. As a Certified Quality Breast Center, the hospital is on the leading edge with a Nurse Navigation Program. The hospital also stands out for its Athletic Training Program that employs a full-time athletic trainer at each high school in Newton County and Social Circle. Piedmont Newton Hospital is a 97-bed, acute-care, community hospital in Covington, offering 24-hour emergency services, women’s services and general medical/surgical services. Serving Newton County and surrounding communities for over 60 years, Piedmont Newton Hos-

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pital offers high-quality, patientcentered care. As a not-for-profit organization, hospital earnings go directly back into maintaining and improving services and facilities and to educational outreach. Piedmont Healthcare Inc. is the parent company of Piedmont Newton Hospital and other subsidiary hospitals and corporations. Piedmont Healthcare is governed by a board of directors made up of 16 members — the

majority of whom are non-insider (community) directors. The obligation of the PHC Board is to ensure that the resources and capacities of PHC are deployed in a manner that promotes community benefit and health status. The senior executive leadership team is made up of: Jim Weadick — Chief Executive Officer; Norris Little, MD — Chief Medical Officer; Troy Brooks — Chief Finan-

cial Officer; William Love — Executive Director, Patient Services; Greg Richardson — Director, Human Resources; and Patty Waller — Chief Nursing Officer. Piedmont Newton Hospital is staffed by more than 750 employees and a medical staff of more than 250 physicians. It provides 24-hour emergency services in addition to all major medical, surgical and diagnostic care, including: • Diagnostic Imaging Services; • Emergency Management Services; • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; • Women’s Care; and • Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Piedmont Newton Hospital is located at 5126 Hospital Drive N.E. in Covington. Its main phone number is 770-786-7053.




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third term in office. Brown has been with the Newton County The Newton County Sheriff’s Sheriff’s Office and in law enOffice is a full service Sheriff’s forcement since Office dedicated and committed 1973. to enforcing the laws enacted Since taking for the protection of the lives, office, Sheriff persons, property, health and Brown has morals of all citizens in Newton revitalized the County. The Newton County Neighborhood Sheriff’s Office is committed Watch Proto its constitutional authority gram, impleEzell Brown to effectively manage the jail mented a Crime facility, court services, and the Watch Program, created an processing of warrants. Internal Affairs Division, creIts goal is to be recognized ated an Office of Professional as a professional organizaStandards Division, created tion that values, respects and a Community Outreach Liaihonors the rights and dignity son, initiated the C.H.A.M.P.S of each person it is called upon Program, created a Drug Supto serve. Through collaborapression Unit, a Fleet Watch tive efforts, it is committed to Program and a Crime Suppresimproving the quality of life in sion Unit. He has expanded our community. the Crime Scene Investigation Sheriff Ezell Brown was Unit and implemented 12-hour elected to office in 2008 and shifts, which have increased the recently was re-elected to his number of deputies on the road.

Members of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff include: • Chief Deputy Jerry Carter • Commander of Court Services and Training — Capt. Doug Kitchens • Commander of Special Investigation Unit — Capt. Marty Roberts • Commander of Uniform Patrol — Capt. Sammy Banks • Commander of Criminal Investigations Division — Capt. Keith Crum • Commander of Detention Division — 1st Lt. Brice Smith • Agency Training Coordinator — Lt. Paul Gunter • School Resource Officers Supervisor — Lt. Charles Ledford • Commander Civil Process Unit — Lt. Ken Ridling • Commander West Side Precinct — Lt. Tom Kunz • Detention Facility Supervi-

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The mission of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is to reduce crime, safely house inmates, bring offenders to justice, and perform the mandated services of the Office of Sheriff with the highest level of safety, professionalism and integrity. The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction is all of unincorporated Rockdale County. Sheriff Eric J. Levett was first elected in 2012 and began his second term in office in 2017. Levett was born and raised and still lives in Rockdale County. At the age of 14, he had a passion for law enforcement and was eager to be a part of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program. Sher-

iff Levett served as a volunteer Explorer from 1988-92. In 1991, Sheriff Levett began working in the E911 Center of the Sheriff’s Office. In 1992, after graduating from Rockdale County High School, he was hired to Eric Levett work full-time in the Communications Center as an E911 dispatcher. After briefly serving his community as a dispatcher, Sheriff Levett became a certified detention deputy in the Rockdale County Jail in 1993, and later became a peace officer in 1994, assuming the role of deputy sheriff. In addition to working at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Levett has worked in law enforce-

ment at the Conyers Housing Authority, as well as other area law enforcement agencies. This has given Sheriff Levett a different perspective on how other organizations and law enforcement agencies operate and conduct business. Sheriff Levett has worked as a Community-oriented Policing Services (COPS) deputy, School Resource Officer (SRO) and as an investigator. In addition, Sheriff Levett has served in supervisory positions as corporal and sergeant. Prior to taking a leave of absence to campaign for the Office of Sheriff, he was a supervisor assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Sheriff Levett was sworn in as the Rockdale County sheriff by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein on Dec. 30, 2012, and he assumed office on Jan. 1, 2013.

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for Law Enforcement Agencies in November 2012. “It has been a distinct privilege to represent the men and women who comprise the Conyers Police Department,” Wilson said. “This department exists for the sole purpose of ‘protecting and serving’ the community and the citizens of Conyers. This specifically includes reducing the risks and damages of crime while enhancing the quality of life for everyone.” The Conyers Police Department is a full service police department of 62 sworn officers, 34 civilian employees and three part-time employees. Chief Wilson oversees the Field Services and Administrative Bureaus. The Conyers Police Department is located at 1194 Scott St. S.E. in Conyers. Contact numbers include: • Non-Emergency: 770-4836600

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The Covington Police Department has five divisions: Patrol, Covington Police Department Criminal Investigations, Support The philosophy of the Coving- Services, Community Outreach ton Police Department is to be on and SWAT Team. the cutting edge of providing efCommand Staff includes: fective, efficient and professional • Patrol — Capt. Phillip Bradlaw enforcement services every ford day with care to the community it • Criminal Investigations — serves. Capt. Ken Malcolm Stacey L. Cotton has served as • Support Services — Capt. the chief of police for the Coving- Craig Treadwell ton Police Department since 1997. • Administrative Assistant — During his tenure as chief, the Donna Barlow Covington Police Department The Covington Police Departwas the IACP/Motorola Webber ment is located at 1143 Oak St. Seavey Award Winner for ExcelSE in Covington. The main conlence in Law Enforcement in tact number is 770-786-7605. The 2002, becoming the first agency in website is www.covingtonpolice. Georgia to win the award. com. Under his leadership, the Oxford Police Department Covington Police Department The Oxford Police Department has remained CALEA-accredited is made up of Chief Dave Harvey, since it was initially accredited Lt. James Pilgrim and Officer Jeff in 1985, the first department in Novak. Georgia and the 10th in the nation Chief Harvey worked for Cocato earn that honor. Cola for 10 years before deciding

to become a police officer. He applied with DeKalb Police in 1985, where he worked for 20 years. He worked in the Uniform Division for most of the time there and in the Internal Affairs Background Unit for two years. He was in the C.O.P. Unit (Community Oriented Policing) for around two years. He was uniform sergeant for six years until he left. He went to the Lithonia Police Department for 2.5 years and assisted the chief there in rebuilding the department. He was accepted at the Oxford Police Department in 2008 and became the chief of police in 2011. “I have always desired to work as a police officer in a small community and coming here to Oxford has fulfilled my desire,” Harvey said. The Oxford Police Department is located at 110 W. Clark St. in Oxford. The contact number is 770-788-1390. The website is

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Area fire departments protect lives, property 50 volunteers, and seven administrative personnel. NEWTON COUNTY The Newton County Fire FIRE SERVICE Service headquarters is located at The primary mission of the 11545 Covington Bypass Road in Newton County Fire Service is to Covington. The non-emergency provide a range of programs and phone number is 770-784-2116. training designed to protect the ROCKDALE COUNTY lives and property of the inhabitFIRE-RESCUE ants of Newton County from the Rockdale County Fire-Rescue’s adverse effects of fire, sudden mission is “dedicated to the presermedical emergencies or exposure vation of life, property and the to dangerous conditions. environment.” Fire Chief Jeffrey Monroe Fire Chief Dan Morgan also leads this department, continuing serves as Emergency Management a history of excellent customer Agency director for Conyersservice. Monroe was hired as chief Rockdale. In this dual role, in 2016. He has a 35-year career in Morgan oversees Fire and E-911 fire service. Communications, including fire Newton County Fire Service suppression, fire safety education, Department protects an area of 278 inspections and code enforcement, square miles and about 100,000 training and operation of E-911 citizens. There are 14 fire stations Communications, EMA disaster throughout the county, including training and more. Morgan has Mansfield, Oxford, Porterdale and nearly 20 years of experience in Social Circle. The department has fire services. a force of 80 full-time firefighters, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue FROM STAFF REPORTS

has nine stations located throughout the county. Equipment available includes nine fire engines, two brush trucks, an aerial ladder truck, a reserve ladder truck, a Hazardous Materials Response truck, an Air truck, a dive rescue truck and boat, and a rescue squad truck. Fire Department Headquarters is located at 1496 Rockbridge Road in Conyers. The non-emergency phone number is 770-2788401. The fax number is 770-2788930. COVINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT Until the organization of the Covington Fire Department in 1909, the citizens of Covington depended on volunteers to protect their lives and property. The department began to transition to a paid department in 1959 with the election of former Mayor W.L. Dobbs. Elliot ‘Stoney’ Bowles has

been fire chief since March 2015. Bowles came to Covington from Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services and has worked in fire services since 1984. The Covington Fire Department is a two-station department with a staff of 55 personnel, including one civilian and 54 full-time state certified firefighters serving a population of 15,000 over 15.45 square miles. They have one ladder truck, three quints (combination engine and ladder trucks), two engines, one rescue truck and one first responder vehicle. The Covington Fire Department is one of six accredited agencies in the state of Georgia by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and also holds an ISO rating of 2. Headquarters of the Covington Fire Department is located at 2101 Pace S. in Covington. The non-emergency phone number is 770-385-2100.



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Rockdale school system emphasizes specialization RCPS has boosted in the past few years has been its Specialty With an enrollment of and Choice Programs. This form of customized learning allows over 16,500 students in its 11 students to attend schools where elementary, four middle, three high schools and over five non- specialized programs of their interest are emphasized regardtraditional programs, Rockless of their attendance zones. dale County Public Schools For example, Honey Creek has consistently exceeded the Elementary offers a STEM prostate average performance in gram, Edwards Middle provides test scores, graduation rates a pre-medical science focus and and College and Career Ready Heritage High has an academy Performance Index. The 1,166 for performing and visual arts. graduates from Rockdale There are over 20 Specialty County Public Schools’ class and Choice options within the of 2016 garnered a combined district from elementary to high $18.5 million in scholarships school levels. from colleges throughout the The Rockdale Career Acadnation. The district has also managed emy opens further opportunities to explore unique and to deploy a one-to-one device customized programs to meet program with every student from pre-K to 12th grade receiv- one’s interest. Among the 22 Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology was the first ing either Apple iPads or laptops pathways offered by at RCA are courses in architecture, welding, Georgia high school to receive a STEM certification. Students are to enhance learning through inculinary training, graphic design required to complete four years of scientific research during their novative technological support. and IT. Another unique feature that time at the school. (Special Photo) From StaFF reportS


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Directory of Rockdale County Public Schools

Rockdale County Public Schools 954 N. Main St. Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-4713 • Superintendent: Richard Autry 770-860-4211 Board of Education Members • Jim McBrayer (Chair) jim.mcbrayer@rockdale.k12. • Wales Barksdale (Vice Chair) wales.barksdale@rockdale. • Pam Brown pam.brown@rockdale.k12. • Tony Dowdy tony.dowdy@rockdale.k12. • Heather Duncan heather.duncan@rockdale. • Mandy North mandy.north@rockdale.k12.

• Brad Smith brad.smith@rockdale.k12.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS M. G. Barksdale Elementary 596 Oglesby Bridge Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-9514 Principal: Susan Norton C.J. Hicks Elementary 1300 Pine Log Road Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-4410 Principal: Tiwon Toney Flat Shoals Elementary 1455 Flat Shoals Road Conyers, GA 30013 770-483-5136 Principal: Tammy Smith Hightower Trail Elementary 2510 Ga. Highway 138 N.E. Conyers, GA 30013 770-388-0751 Principal: Penny Mosley Honey Creek Elementary 700 Honey Creek Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-5706 Principal: Hillary Meeler J.H. House Elementary

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2930 Ga. Highway 20 N. Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-9504 Principal: Kim Melly Lorraine Elementary 3343 E. Fairview Road S.W. Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-483-0657 Principal: David Ray Peek’s Chapel Elementary 2800 Avalon Parkway Conyers, GA 30013 770-761-1842 Principal: Brian Travis Pine Street Elementary 960 Pine St. Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8713 Principal: Kim Vier Shoal Creek Elementary 1300 McWilliams Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-929-1430 Principal: Patrice Graham D.L. Sims Elementary 1821 Walker Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-922-0666 Principal: Chara Moore MIDDLE SCHOOLS Conyers Middle 400 Sigman Road

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Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-3371 Principal: Allison Barbour Edwards Middle 2633 Stanton Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-3255 Principal: Fred Middleton General Ray Davis Middle 3375 E. Fairview Road Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-388-5675 Principal: Randy Goerner Memorial Middle 3205 Underwood Road Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-0139 Principal: Michell Glover

HIGH SCHOOLS Heritage High 2400 Granade Road Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-5428 Pirncipal: Greg Fowler Rockdale High 1174 Bulldog Circle Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8754 Principal: Frank Daniels Salem High 3551 Underwood Road Conyers, GA 30013

770-929-0176 Principal: Tonya Bloodworth

NON-TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS Alpha Academy 1045 N. Main St. Conyers, GA 30012 770-922-8636 Principal: Alexander Guilford Rockdale Career Academy 1064 Culpepper Drive Conyers, GA 30094 770-388-5677 Principal: Jill Oldham Rockdale Magnet School for Science & Technology 930 Rowland Road Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-8737 Director: Debra Arnold Rockdale Open Campus 1115 West Ave. Conyers, GA 30012 770-388-5727 Principal: Andrea Nelson Rockdale Virtual Campus 1064 Culpepper Drive Conyers, GA 30094 770-388-5677 Director: Doug Arnold

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Newton schools advancing in performance From StaFF reportS Newton County School System’s bulletin board can lately be seen overflowing with announcements of noteworthy distinctions and achievements among its students, faculty and schools. In 2016, the ACT, SAT, graduation rates and College and Career Ready Performance Index averages for Newton schools all went up. Newton High School band director and the district Teacher of the Year, Jason Smith, was selected as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award. Eastside High Schools’s marching band performed in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and its Board of Education received a Quality School Board recognition by the Georgia School Boards Association.

The Theme School, which has an elementary and a middle school, centralizes on parental involvement as a part of its education program. Parents are required to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time to the school every year. The Newton College and Career Academy has also excelled academically, receiving affirmation as one of only 10 high schools in the state to have a STEM-certification. The charter high school focuses on career and/or post-secondary readiness pathways through partnerships with local colleges, universities and technical schools. There are over 19,600 the U.S. Department of Educa- students enrolled in the NCSS tion with the National Blue Rib- district at its 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, bon Award. three high schools, one charIts middle school also ter school, one theme school obtained a CCRPI score of 90.6, besting the state’s overall and one alternative education middle school average of 71.5. program. At Newton Theme School, elementary teacher Elizabeth Rogers looks over her students during a session in which first-grade students help kindergarteners learn how to use educational apps on their tablets. (Staff photo: Grishma Rimal)

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Directory of Newton County Public Schools Newton County School System 2109 Newton Drive N.E. Covington, GA 30014 770-787-1330 Email: Superintendent: Samantha Fuhrey 770-787-1330, ext: 1103 fuhrey.samantha@newton.k12. Board of Education Members • Almond Turner (Chair) • Eddie Johnson (Vice Chair) • Trey Bailey • Abigail Coggin • Shakila Henderson-Baker ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS East Newton Elementary 2286 Dixie Road Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2973 Principal: Kim Coady Fairview Elementary 3325 Fairview Road

Covington, GA 30016 770-786-2636 Principal: LaMoyne Brunson Flint Hill Elementary 1300 Airport Road Oxford, GA 30054 770-784-2969 Principal: Lynne DiNardo Heard-Mixon Elementary 14110 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2980 Principal: Marquita Wilkins Live Oak Elementary 500 Kirkland Road Covington, GA 30016 678-625-6654 Principal: Ericka Anderson Livingston Elementary 3657 Ga. Highway 81 S. Covington, GA 30016 770-784-2930 Principal: Patrick Carter Mansfield Elementary 45 E. Third Ave. Mansfield, GA 30055 770-784-2948 Principal: Chris Haymore Middle Ridge Elementary 11649 S. Covington By-Pass Road Covington, GA 30014 770-385-6463

Principal: Rhonda Battle Oak Hill Elementary 6243 Ga. Highway 212 Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6906 Principal: Brenda Gammans Porterdale Elementary 45 Ram Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2928 Principal: Nikkita Warfield Rocky Plains Elementary 5300 Ga. Highway 162 S. Covington, GA 30016 770-784-4987 Principal: Miranda Jones South Salem Elementary 5335 Salem Road Covington, GA 30016 678-342-5907 Principal: Terran Newman West Newton Elementary 13387 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6472 Principal: Sammy Fudge MIDDLE SCHOOLS Clements Middle School 66 Jack Neely Road Covington, GA 30016 770-784-2934 Principal: Joy Warren

Cousins Middle School 8187 Carlton Trail N.W. Covington, GA 30014 770-786-7311 Principal: Makeba Clark Indian Creek Middle School 11051 S. Covington By-Pass Road Covington, GA 30014 770-385-6453 Principal: Renee Mallard Liberty Middle School 5225 Salem Road Covington, GA 30016 678-625-6617 Principal: Keisa Taylor Veterans Memorial Middle School 13357 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 770-385-6893 Principal: Takila Curry HIGH SCHOOLS Alcovy High 14567 Ga. Highway 36 Covington, GA 30014 770-784-4995 Principal: Sandra Owens Eastside High 10245 Eagle Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2920

Principal: Jeff Cher Newton High School 1 Ram Way Covington, GA 30014 770-787-2250 Principal: John Ellenberg

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS Mainstay Academy 1110 N. Emory St. Oxford, GA 30054 Coordinator: Richard Brantley Newton College & Career Academy 144 Ram Drive Covington, GA 30014 Principal: Chad Walker Newton County Theme School at Ficquett 2207 Williams St. Covington, GA 30014 770-784-2959 Principal: Naomi Cobb Ombudsman Covington East 10714 By-Pass Road Covington, GA 30014 678-712-6485 Center Director: Alveta Parker Ombudsman Covington West 10714 By-Pass Road Covington, GA 30014 678-712-6488 Center Director: Melissa Anderson

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Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare As a Licensed Medical Social Worker working in a hospice setting I meet families who are processing new challenges. Our hospice families often have questions regarding Power of Attorney (POA) for both Healthcare and Financial. Upon assessing their loved ones the reality of the situation may be that it is too late to address the POA at the time that hospice services are started. These conversations need to happen early on in the life cycle when a person is of sound mind and capable of making such decisions. These documented decisions need to be in place to protect and honor wishes when they can no longer be made by the individual. Therefore, providing peace of mind and alleviating a huge burden for all involved including the caregiver. Since all healthcare providers are required by law to assess for advanced directives this article will focus on Medical or Health Care Power of Attorney. However, equally important for each person to address at some point in time is Financial Power of Attorney.

the age of 18, who is of sound mind can become your DPAHC. This person DOES NOT have to be a family member or next of kin. The only time your Power of Attorney would automatically be your next of kin is if you did not have one in place and were not mentally competent to make decisions. For example: You are a 38 year old male, unmarried, no kids, with living parents who are of sound mind. Your parents could act as you Power of Attorney. Another example is: You are a 78 year old female, widowed with 5 children, your oldest child who is competent and of sound mind could act as your POA.

make decisions on who you want to act as your DPAHC is when you are at a place of mental, physical, and emotional stability. Unfortunately, too many people wait until they’ve received bad news and tend to make hasty decisions. It is especially important to have these documents in place if you are single, elderly, or have dependents. You should have a copy in a secure location with other important documents as well as one in your car during road trips in case of an accident. Your appointee should also have a copy. And you can even have a copy filed with your attorney or the county court system.


Why is it important to put one in place? No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and you do not want the wrong person making life and death decisions on your behalf. It also opens doors and keeps them open to enhance communication flowing between families and loved ones. If we all knew exactly what each person wanted in specific situations, then it would make those hard and unexpected times easier on everyone. When should I put one in place and Michelle Lovely, LMSW Who can be your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare (DPAHC)? Anyone over where should I keep them? The best time to Where can I get Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare paperwork? You can find forms specific for your state with a simple Google search. Or your hospice social worker can provide you with a copy of the desired forms. A DPAHC ends at the time of death. The affairs of a deceased person should be handled by the Executor named in a Last Will and Testament.

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Beyond the high school diploma geared to prepare freshmen and sophomores to complete their Opportunities for those seekundergraduate degrees in nursing, ing a higher education degree or business or art and science schools a post-secondary vocation are at Emory. plentiful within Rockdale and Georgia State University — Newton counties. From a full-time Perimeter College bachelor’s degree to a part-time (Newton Campus) technical certification, a variety 239 Cedar Lane of educational institutions address Covington, GA 30014 the array of needs in today’s 770-278-1200 market. Perimeter College in Newton Oxford College County opened its doors in 2007. of Emory University In early 2016, Perimeter College 110 Few Circle consolidated with Georgia State Oxford, GA 30054 University to become Georgia 770-784-8888 Perimeter College. Oxford College’s history preThe campus offers 23 pathways dates the institution of which it is to complete an associate degree or now a subsidiary. Before Emory continue onto a bachelor’s degree. University set its base at Druid As part of GSU, Perimeter ColHills, it thrived and grew alongleges are among the largest associside the small village of Oxford in ate degree-granting institution in which it was nestled. the University System of Georgia, The campus provides a twoand it offers the most extensive year liberal arts-intensive program program of online courses in the


system. Georgia Piedmont Technical College Newton Campus 16200 Alcovy Road Covington, GA 30014 404-297-9522 Ext. 3100 One of Georgia’s 33 technical colleges, Georgia Piedmont has two campuses and five centers spread across DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton and Morgan counties. Twelve strategic industry areas are offered at Georgia Piedmont, such as television and film production, welding, commercial truck driving, advanced manufacturing and nursing. The Georgia Piedmont Technical College adult education program is also one of the largest adult and international literacy programs in the state. Georgia BioScience Training Center 505 Shire Parkway Social Circle, GA 30025 The Georgia BioScience

Training Center opened in 2015 to supplement the over 1,500 job openings that shall be available once the Shire Pharmaceutical plant becomes fully operational. Quick Start, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, operates the $14 million facility to train employees on work environments and biomanufacturing technologies in classrooms. Georgia Career Institute 900 Flat Shoals Road S.E. Conyers, GA 30094 770-922-7653 Since 1975, the Georgia Career Institute has provided cosmetology training including nail technology, aesthetics and massage therapy education. The institute states that it combines the concept of traditional education with cutting edge educational methodology to train its graduates for the workforce with a professional competence.



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