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July 9th, 2011

Drum's Restaurant destroyed

July 9, 2011

Drum's Restaurant in Conover was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning.

The fire was first reported at 1:19 a.m. Saturday, and the Conover Fire Department was dispatched to the downtown Conover restaurant by 1:30 a.m. for a working fire, said Drum's owner Douglas Travis, Jr.

Travis said no one was in the building when the fire was reported. He said he had no idea how the fire started.

The SBI Arson Team, Conover Fire Department and Conover Police Department were all investigating the fire Saturday.

July 8th

Harper, others give back what's been given

July 9, 2011

For the third straight year, college and NFL players gathered at Bandys High School to work with area high school football players on Friday.

Newton-Conover, Maiden, Bandys, St. Stephens and four other schools’ athletes participated in drills and took advice during the third annual Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.

This year’s camp had even more of special meaning to Harper after the passing last night of 9-year-old “Robbie” Caskey, a close friend of Harper’s in the Bandys community.

Harper said the young man had a special place in his life.

Tractor-trailer overturns

July 8, 2011

A tractor-trailer overturned at about 11:35 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Startown Road and West Maiden Road in Maiden.

A driver for Queen Transportation said he was making a right turn onto West Maiden Road on Thursday when his tractor-trailer overturned on its right side on a grass embankment.

The driver said he did not know what happened. Maiden Police Officer Chad Long said the driver was not speeding. The tractor-trailer was delivering paper to the VonDrehle Corporation.

Mayor candidates file for office


July 8, 2011

With one week of filing remaining for some area municipalities, 17 candidates officially declared for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.

Two non-incumbent candidates filed for Newton’s mayoral race, which is the only election that currently has multiple people filed for one position. Newton Mayor pro Tem Anne Stedman, along with the Newton Merchant Group’s President Wes Weaver, officially filed for the mayoral election that will take place later this year. Newton’s current mayor Robert Mullinax said, earlier this year, he will not seek re-election.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 8, 2011

Margaret Lucille Davis Cannon, 87, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Cannon family.

Edith Cleo Holden, 93, of Cherryville, formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Red Cross needs blood during low months


July 8, 2011

The area American Red Cross chapter urges people to donate blood during a time when supplies are traditionally low.


The Catawba Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will team with the Texas Roadhouse in Hickory on Monday to hold a blood drive from 4-8 p.m. Monday's blood drive comes during a season when Red Cross officials say blood supplies are dangerously low.


Suzan Anderson, executive director for the Catawba Valley’s Red Cross chapter, said blood donations and supplies are typically lower in the summer months.

DA to lead Zahra case

July 8, 2011

Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither reinstated Eric Bellas to active status in his role as chief assistant district attorney this week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Bellas will be handling prosecution of Elisa Baker if and when her case goes to trial.

In an emailed response to inquiries by the (Lenoir) News-Topic, Gaither indicated that he is taking the lead in the case against Elisa Baker, who was charged in February with second-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker.

July 7th

‘Dads shortstop Profar takes big stage Sunday

July 7, 2011

At 18 years old, Jurickson Profar is taking center stage Sunday.

The Hickory Crawdads’ shortstop is participating in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Arizona, which is part of the league’s annual All-Star festivities.

The game pits the United States team against the World team. Teams are comprised of top minor league prospects.

Players on both of the 25-man rosters are selected by MLB, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 MLB teams.

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 7, 2011

Mark Randal Mecimore, 50, of Sherrills Ford, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Mecimore family.

Elmo Preston Waldron, 97, of WhiteStone, a Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro,  and formerly of Greensboro, died July 1, 2011. The family is being served by Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home of Newton.

Bellas returns to active duty

July 7, 2011

Catawba County's assistant district attorney was recently reinstated to full duty after being placed on administrative leave following an arrest and DWI charge in Sunset Beach.

Catawba County's assistant district attorney Eric Robert Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach at about midnight June 20 when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle, according to Sunset Beach Police reports and reliable O-N-E sources.

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