News for Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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Storm surges: System rages through area; winds near 70 mph

COVINGTON -- A storm producing winds of up to 70 mph swept through Newton County on Monday night, toppling trees and power lines and damaging homes.

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Heads make requests for new budget

COVINGTON -- The population is rising, costs are increasing and several bills under consideration by the state legislature may shift even more responsibilities to local governments, yet county revenue projections continue to slide. In other words, Newton County is faced with providing more services to more people with less money.

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Lakemper gets life without parole

COVINGTON -- A jury of 10 women and two men fixed punishment for convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper as life without the possibility of parole.

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No bidders take Church in the Now at foreclosure auction

CONYERS -- No one placed a bid on the Church In The Now property Tuesday during a foreclosure sale on the steps of the Rockdale County Courthouse, so the property will revert to the church's mortgage holder.