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January 6th

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Jan. 6

January 6, 2012

Some of the final loose ends in the Zahra Baker saga are finally getting tied up.

Adam Baker is hoping to return to Australia with the remains of the 10-year-old murdered and dismembered Cancer survivor, but before that happens, he is faces 30 days in jail.

Adam quickly resolved felony charges in Catawba County on Thursday, but things weren’t so smooth in Caldwell. Details on his latest court trials are in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

January 5th

Former N-C star Powell overcomes obstacles

January 5, 2012

Having trouble getting recruited, former Newton-Conover basketball player Adrian Powell found a way to play Div. I basketball.

When he finally got his chance and nearly lost the opportunity, the 2008 CVAC player of the year found a way to persevere.

Following graduation from Newton-Conover in 2008, Powell sought the Div. I basketball spotlight, enrolling at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. for one year.

County teams square off on court Friday

January 5, 2012

Friday’s match-ups on the basketball court feature several in-county games.

The Bandys Lady Trojans (13-0, 4-0) try to keep their undefeated record when they host Maiden (5-6, 0-3).

Bandys (1-12, 0-4) seeks its first boys basketball win in the CVAC against the Blue Devils (4-6, 1-2).

Newton-Conover (10-3, 2-1) tries to keep pace in the CVAC girls basketball standings, facing Bunker Hill (0-13, 0-4).

The Bears (2-12, 2-2) and Red Devils (7-6, 2-1) also square off in boys hoops with the winner earning its third CVAC victory and moving up the ranks.

Crawdads announce 2012 Hot Stove Banquet

January 5, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads, South Atlantic League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, announced the details of the 2012 Hot Stove Banquet to be held on Monday, Jan. 30 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. 

The evening will kick off with a social at 6:15 p.m. with the program and a delicious dinner starting at 7 p.m.

With their 20th anniversary season right around the corner, the Crawdads are digging into the past for the Hot Stove.  

Jail looming

January 5, 2012

Adam Baker thought he’d be home next week, but will instead serve 30 days in Caldwell County jail.

Baker, the father of slain 10-year-old Zahra and an Australian citizen, was expecting to return home next week, but will now serve jail time after being convicted of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in Caldwell County Thursday evening.

Baker’s appearance and conviction in Caldwell County court followed a successful plea deal in Catawba County Thursday morning.

Mill Creek student wins spelling bee

January 5, 2012

Catawba County Schools' spelling bee was finished in near record time, and there was a little controversy involved before the Maiden High School auditorium.

Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Savannah Clay correctly spelled "auditorium" and then "controversy," to claim the school system's spelling championship. She'll now advance to the regional competition in Charlotte on Feb. 20.

Clay defeated first runner-up Snow Creek Elementary student Catherine McMahan, who missed the correct spelling for "flouride."

Murder Rate

January 5, 2012

There were 11 murders in Catawba County in 2011. There were five murders countywide in 2010.

Authorities say the increase could be due to several factors, but is not abnormally high or reflect a negative trend.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled seven murders in 2011, compared to three in 2010.

Sheriff Coy Reid said his office deals with three to six murders each year. He said he didn’t think the 2011 increase in murders reflect a bad trend or growing crime presence, but rather thinks it was a reflection of the type of crimes that were committed.

Blaze burns barn, men save home

January 5, 2012

A Maiden man and his son helped stop a fire Thursday just before it destroyed his parents’ home.

Nathan Painter and his son, Joseph, arrived at his parents’ home on the 1800 block of P.L. Propst Road in Maiden about 1 p.m. Thursday to a large fire burning in the house’s front yard.

A barn, located behind the home, caught fire just minutes before, and the blaze had now spread to the front yard.

Fresh powder on the slopes!

January 5, 2012

Frigid temperatures and fresh snow greeted 2012 in the North Carolina mountains. While the ski resorts don’t encourage folks to call in to work sick, skiing conditions are excellent. Heed the frostbite warnings, though.

Here’s a look at three ski resorts.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Elisa Baker pleads guilty to federal drug charge, faces 20 years

January 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina woman sentenced to prison for killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter also pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal drug charge.

Prosecutors agreed to drop six other charges after Elisa Baker entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Charlotte to one count of conspiracy to sell drugs. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine at her sentencing, which hasn't been scheduled yet.

Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2010, Baker helped distribute more than 50,000 painkillers and anti-anxiety pills in Catawba and Caldwell counties.

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