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Jr. Legion tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley

July 12, 2011

An eight-team American Legion Junior state tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley Field on the American Legion Fairgrounds.

The tournament will feature some of the best Junior Legion teams in the state. A total of 15 games between teams could be played through Tuesday.
Four teams qualified for spots in the tournament.

These include No. 1 Johnston County and No. 2 Cary from Area I, and No. 1 South Caldwell and the No. 2 Carolina Flames from Area IV. The Flames will be the host team for the tournament.

3 people sent to hospital

July 12, 2011

Personnel from Newton Fire and Police departments work to transfer a car-wreck victim to an ambulance on Tuesday at the intersection of Startown Road and N.C. 10 in Newton.

The two-car accident sent three people to the hospital, but authorities said none of the injuries were serious. Two people in a Buick Lacrosse and the driver of a Chevrolet truck were all taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center after the cars collided in the intersection.

Drunken argument leads to murder

July 12, 2011

An argument between impaired friends turned deadly early Tuesday morning when a Caldwell County man shot and killed a Conover resident outside his home, authorities said.

Caldwell County authorities arrested Ricky A. Annas, 50, of Granite Falls, later Tuesday and charged him with murder in the death of J.W. Smith Jr., 38, of Conover. He is being held at the Catawba County jail without bond.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting at about 1:49 a.m. to find Smith shot, according the sheriff’s report.

County approves Eco-Tech plan

July 12, 2011

Officials approved a Catawba County development plan Monday that will build upon plans and initiatives more than 15 years in the works.

Catawba County Commissioners approved the 321 Eco-Tech Development Plan on Monday, taking another large step in making some of the project’s long-range goals a reality.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 12, 2011

Sabrina Mercedes Pavon, 10, of Maiden, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at her home.  Burial will follow at Startown/Jenkins Cemetery in Newton.

Janet Marie Mosher Munson, 73, of Sherrills Ford, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Burke County Hospice.  The family will receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Adam’s hearing continued

July 12, 2011

A hearing for Adam Baker about charges unrelated to the Zahra Baker case was continued Tuesday until Sept. 6.

Adam’s attorney, Mark Killian, would not comment as to why the case was continued, but said Adam wants to remain in the area to see that justice is provided in Zahra’s case.

“I think he wants to stay here and see it finished,” Killian said, adding that he does not think Adam will leave the country even if his charges were dropped.

Killian said Adam has been seeking support from family members and friends to cope with the ordeal of losing his daughter.

Town business leads to grammar talks

July 12, 2011

Grammar was a hot topic for the Catawba Town Council on Monday as the board discussed the grammatical correctness on a historical marker they want to display by the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12.

The sign will read, “Depot built here at siding on Western North Carolina Railroad, 1859; village organized as Catawba Station, 1872; market center for locally produced tobacco and flour; incorporated as Town of Catawba in 1893; base for building nearby Lookout Shoals Dam in 1914.”

The short statements and incomplete sentences made some council members uneasy.

Elisa Baker’s lawyer files for venue change

July 12, 2011

The attorney for Elisa Baker wants a venue change for his client’s court proceedings. He said a change of locations is the only way that the woman accused of second-degree murder in her stepdaughter’s death can receive a fair trial.

"There exists in the county so great a prejudice against the defendant that she cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial,” according to the motion filed by Baker's attorney Scott Reilly.

Walkoff hit gives Post 48 win in ninth

July 12, 2011

For the second time in as many days, Post 48 won in dramatic fashion on the baseball diamond.

A walkoff hit by Hickory center fielder Phillip Carroll lifted his team to a ninth inning win over Caldwell County. Hickory (18-8) leads its series over Caldwell County (19-11), 2-0.

“Phillip is a great player,” Rembert said. “From day one, he wanted that center field spot and earned it. He competes so hard every night and gives us everything he’s got. He’s a 48er.”

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