Archive - Aug 2011
WASHINGTON â€” The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.
Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
Elisa Bakerâ€™s jury will not be from Catawba County, but it is still unclear where her trials will be held.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a change of venue request Monday that was submitted by Elisaâ€™s attorney, Scott Reilly, last month.
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge has been plagued with vandalism in recent years, but a national grant should help officials better protect the historic Catawba County landmark.
The countyâ€™s historical association will receive about $179,425 from the National Covered Bridge Preservation Program to enhance security at the bridge located in Claremont. The historical association must match the grant with up to $43,000 in locally raised funds, said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association.
For the Catawba County Hornets, the strongest storm came after their game on Saturday.
The Hornets (3-1) scored 28 straight points against the Virginia Storm on their way to a 44-14 victory in the Central Carolinas Football League â€” the teamâ€™s third league win of the season.
The win comes one week after a frustrating 38-14 home loss to the Iredell Warriors, in which the Hornetsâ€™ turnovers and lack of scoring doomed them. Neither of those happened Saturday.
Newton leaders are going back to "Lovers' Lane," and they may break a few high school hearts when they get there.
During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Newton City Council will revisit a request to ban parking along North Deal Avenue during school hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In July, Newton Police Department asked leaders to prohibit parking along the street which is adjacent to Newton-Conover High School. The request came after complaints from NCHS officials, who said high school students were parking there and possibly engaging in sexual activity an deal drugs.
Itâ€™s a busy weekend for the Catawba County Hornets, who are preparing to host their fifth annual camp and play a game on the same day.
The Hornets, along with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, are hosting a Football Skills Clinic for boys and girls age 4-12 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.
At the camp, children learn different football fundamentals and coordination skills.
Doug Frye, coach and owner of the Hornets, said he wants children to take away a few things from this camp.
A judge has granted a change of trial venue for the woman accused of murdering and dismembering 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
During court proceedings Monday afternoon, Catawba County Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a request to move Elisa Baker's murder trial out of the 25th Judicial District.
Elisa Baker faces second-degree murder charges in connection with the disappearance and death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. A cancer survivor who moved with her father from Australia to the Hickory Metro, Zahra was first reported missing in October 2010.