August 1st, 2011
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.
â€¨The first week Claremont held its Tailgate Market, three vendors showed up to sell produce and plants.Â â€¨The next week, nine vendors came. The week after that, 14 citizen sellers lined the Claremont City Hall parking lot.â€¨Now, Claremont Special Events Coordinator Henry Helton said he is turning people away.Â
As Catawba County football teams start football practices Saturday, coaches and trainers will follow new rules the N. C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) implemented to help athletes combat the heat.
These new guidelines go along with standard guidance offered by coaches throughout the county.
Newton-Conover football coach Nick Bazzle gives his players a number of different tips, including telling them to drink a lot of Gatorade and eat three meals a day. That, he said, will help his playersâ€™ hydration and strength.
Betty Catherine Setzer Goodson Storey, age 78, of E. Maiden Rd., Maiden passed away Friday, July 29, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Storey Family.
Timothy Shane Crouse, Sr. 30 of Claremont died Thursday, July 28, 2011. Born December 4, 1980 in Catawba County, he was the son of Timothy Neal Crouse of Maiden and Cathy Garr of Newton. The Crouse family has trusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Fire and rescue personnel offered a heroes salute to Asheville Fire Capt. Jeff Bowen at the Conover Boulevard West bridge of I-40 on Friday afternoon. Bowen, 37, died after suffering serious injuries while trying to see if anyone was trapped inside a burning office building in Asheville on Thursday. As his body was transported from a Winston-Salem hospital to Asheville on Friday, area fire and rescue personnel manned Catawba County bridges crossing I-40 to salute the fallen firefighter.
Elisa Bakerâ€™s attorney wants her trial moved outside Catawba County, but the state will argue on Monday that a fair trial can be found here.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid will hear oral arguments on Monday about Elisaâ€™s trial being moved outside the county.
Elisaâ€™s attorney, Scott Reilly, says the woman accused of murdering and dismembering her 10-year-old step-daughter, Zahra, cannot receive a fair trial in Catawba County because of prejudicial publicity surrounding the case.
Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither disagrees.
A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.
John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).
Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.
He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.
Billy Martin Hunt, 84, of Greensboro, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Moses Cone Hospital. The Hunt family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory.
Brown Laney Jr.
Ray Brown Laney Jr., 89, of West Main St., Maiden passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney Family.
Most people would find an anthropologist in a foreign country studying a culture or excavating remains of an ancient civilization, but not Steven Lyerly.
Lyerly, Olde Hickory Brewery (OHB) brewmaster, might have studied anthropology in college but found his true passion was making beer.
In college, Lyerly began homebrewing beer with his roommate who was given a homebrew kit for Christmas.
An impaired driver tried to flee the scene of his own car accident in Newton on Thursday, but didnâ€™t make it very far.
Police say Timothy R. Holiday, 49, of Shelby, was traveling north on Startown Road in Newton on Thursday when his 2005 Toyota Tundra ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility box. The car then continued across the intersection of N.C. 10 and hit a utility pole in front of the Kangaroo convenience store.