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Oxford College presents 'The Shape of Things'

Oxford College presents 'The Shape of Things'

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford College will stage its spring play, Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, beginning later this month.

Performances will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Mar. 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5; all shows will be held in the college's Tarbutton Theater.

The Shape of Things explores love, intimacy, manipulation and dependency through the lens of the relationships of four college students, according to a release from Oxford College. It was made into a 2003 movie starring Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol.

Learn more at oxford.emory.edu.

Newton County Schools to open Pre-K registration

Newton County Schools to open Pre-K registration

CONVINGTON, Ga. -- Through the district's Georgia lottery funded pre-kindergarten program, Newton County Schools will open registration beginning February 25, and hold signups through March 1. 

Children should be registered by parents at the elementary school that they will attend next year. 

Registration is open from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on February 25, 27, 28 and March 1.

Registration is open from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on February 26. 

For more information, contact (770) 787-1330. 

Snyder wins Newton spelling bee, again

Snyder wins Newton spelling bee, again

COVINGTON, Ga. -- She's done it again! For the second year in a row, McKenzie Snyder is the winner of the Newton County School System Spelling Bee.

Snyder correctly spelled "maneuver" and "flabbergast" to take the top prize in the bee, besting second-place finisher Casey Roberson.

"I was very nervous," admitted Snyder, a seventh grader at Cousins Middle School in Covington. "(But) spelling is one of my hobbies. I think it's fun."

Snyder will now represent Newton County at the regional bee in Eatonton on Feb. 23. She made the top five in last year's competition, but this year, she refuses to settle for anything less than the best.

"I want to win," she said. "And I'd love to go to the National Spelling Bee, but I'd be very nervous."

Pancake breakfast to benefit county schools

Pancake breakfast to benefit county schools

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Kiwanis pancake-eating contest this weekend will raise money for public schools in Newton County.

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newton College & Career Academy.

Admission to the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $5.

Newton College & Career Academy is located at 144 Ram Drive in Covington. Learn more at newtoncountyschools.org.

Help find a new superintendent

Help find a new superintendent

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Newton County School Board has begun searching for a new superintendent.

The person selected will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews, who will retire in June.

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As part of the search process, the school board is inviting residents to take part in a survey on what characteristics they believe a good superintendent should have.

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

Oxford tennis clinics begin Monday

Oxford tennis clinics begin Monday

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford College is offering winter and spring tennis clinics for children ages 4 and up.

The first session is four weeks long and begins Monday. Five- and six-week sessions will be offered later this year.

The tennis clinics cost $15 for a single class. The four-week session is $50, while the five- and six-week classes are $60 and $70, respectively.

Learn more about the tennis clinics at oxford.emory.edu.