November 4th, 2011
Newton calls itself "the Heart of Catawba County."
The city now hopes it can enter the hearts of television producers who plan to film a matchmaking reality show in one of America's small towns.
Adam Baker is due in Catawba County court on Monday to face charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.
In September, Bakerâ€™s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his clientâ€™s case.
Baker, the father of the 10-year-old girl Zahra who was brutally murdered last year, is also charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property in Caldwell County.
N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Friday that state and local law enforcement officers cited 758 drivers for driving while impaired during the â€śBooze It & Lose Itâ€ť Halloween campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31.
A total of 20,786 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.
â€śIt is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways,â€ť Secretary Conti said. â€śThe Governorâ€™s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer.â€ť
Catawba County leaders say a state ranking system for determining how counties receive economic incentives hurts some counties' abilities to secure them.
Conover City Council candidates share why they are running and why you should give them your vote.
Adam Baker's case in Caldwell County is continued and may go to a grand jury.
The Newton-Conover Red Devils volleyball team aims for the program's first state championship Saturday in Raleigh. Players believe they may have already passed their toughest test in getting to the title game.
Six candidates are competing for three seats on the Conover City Council this election.
Current Conover Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman and current councilman Don Beal are the only incumbents running for re-election.
They are challenged by Bruce Eckard, a former Conover mayor and councilman; Kim Cline, a current Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member; Jeff Byrd; and Lew Waddell.
Current councilwoman Penny Corpening will not seek re-election after withdrawing from the race in September.
Catawba County officials say a state ranking system hinders job creation here and throughout North Carolina.
The stateâ€™s economic ranking system â€” the â€śtier structureâ€ť â€” revolves around tax incentives for expanding businesses. The state gives growing companies larger incentives if they set up shop in a lower-tiered area â€” or one it considers more economically distressed â€” and less to counties ranked as more economically successful. Â Â
Catawba County will collect household hazardous waste at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory on Saturday.
All types of electronic products will be accepted for disposal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizers of the collection say this is a very important event because these the products should not be trashed with other garbage. They say the materials can easily contaminate groundwater.
â€śThe County has contracted with Clean Harbors to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste,â€ť said Amanda Kain, Catawba Countyâ€™s Waste Reduction Coordinator.
Adam Troy Baker is scheduled to be back in Caldwell County District Court in January, but that appearance may not happen.
District Court Judge Burford Cherry agreed to continue the case against Baker, but WSOC-TV Channel 9 reports that Bakerâ€™s case could be turned over to grand jury members during the week of Nov. 14.
Five schools in Caldwell County were on "soft" lockdown for a period of time Thursday morning.
Kings Creek, Oak Hill and Lower Creek elementary schools, along with Hibriten and South Caldwell high schools, implemented the school systemâ€™s soft lockdown protocol at the recommendation of the Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Officials from the Sheriffâ€™s Office contacted the school system around 6:45 p.m., and the affected schools went on lockdown at 7:30 a.m.
They remained on soft lockdown until 9:30 a.m.
From NASCAR to N.C. DOC, Jeremy Mayfield is back in trouble with the law over accusations of methamphetamine usage, stolen property possession and guns.
Newton-Conover High School students are conquering physics and the competition - in OVERTIME!
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