News for Friday, April 1, 2011

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Coming Sunday

Panola Mountain State Park is opening an archery range, the first ever in the Georgia State Park System.The range features 12 static square targets as well as 22 three dimensional targets in the shape of Georgia wild game animals like deer and bears.The grand opening is April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Newton Poll - 04-02-11

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."I have to admit that granddaddy Mort Ewing, Padawan Tim Fleming and the haplessly naive ... J.C. Henderson compose the most fortunate and haphazardly brilliant trio of local political hacks I have heard of.

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Having a spot of tea

Evalyne Davis, counselor at Porterdale Elementary School, serves tea to student Jennifer Ann Vega and her mother, Loretta Vega, at the Mother-Daughter Tea Party given by the Pearls of Essence Girls' Club.

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County faces more budget trouble

Newton County commissioners had to make tough decisions last year to make up a budget shortfall, and it looks like their job won't be any easier this year.

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Jury set to decide fate of Lakemper

The sentencing phase of Cobey Lakemper's murder trial began Friday morning in Newton County Superior Court with prosecutor Layla Zon shoring up her recommendation for the death penalty by presenting testimony from victims of other crimes he committed during his 2005 spree.

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Fleeing burglars toss out 4-wheeler

A Newton County sheriff's deputy recovered the goods from a burglary in a rather unorthodox way recently.

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Eastside selects all-girl Top 10

Eastside High School recently announced its Top 10 graduates. This year, the group happens to consist of all girls.

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West Newton Elementary School Honor Roll

West Newton Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Woodlee's Christian Academy Honor Roll

Woodlee's Christian Academy -- First Semester Honor Roll

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Veterans Memorial Middle School Honor Roll

Veterans Memorial Middle School -- Honor Roll

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Newton High School Honor Roll

Newton High School -- Honor Roll

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Live Oak Elementary School Honor Roll

Live Oak Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Indian Creek Middle School Honor Roll

Indian Creek Middle School -- Honor Roll

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Ficquett Elementary School Honor Roll

Ficquett Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Fairview Theme School Honor Roll

Fairview Theme School -- Honor Roll

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East Newton Elementary School Honor Roll

East Newton Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Cousins Middle School Honor Roll

Cousins Middle School -- Honor Roll

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Officials still in talks with railroad

Local officials are still in talks with Norfolk Southern regarding the purchase of its rail line.

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City, county may join forces for community center

COVINGTON — The City Council, Board of Commissioners and representatives from the Covington Housing Authority and Covington Redevelopment Authority met at a work session Wednesday afternoon to discuss partnering on a mixed-use community facility in Walker's Bend.

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Lakemper found guilty on all counts

COVINGTON — A North Carolina man who once described himself in testimony as a "sick coyote" was found guilty of malice murder and other charges in Newton County Superior Court Thursday evening.

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Green thumbs for greenbacks

Staff photos: Erin Evans

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