November 17th, 2010
Since 2002, Newton has crafted and adopted three land development plans for various portions of the city, and a plan for the city's core area was introduced Tuesday.
Now, Newton planners are turning their attention to the Startown area, where a public drop-in workshop will kick-off efforts to create a plan that will shape development in that area during the next 10 to 15 years.
A drop-in workshop for the "Southwest Area Plan" will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ganntt Community Room in the basement of Newton City Hall.
As Newton leaders plan for the future of the city's "core area," there is not a lot of open space that has not yet been developed.
That makes the task of crafting and implementing a land development area plan for the "heart" of Newton all the more challenging â€” and important.
"This area has been under development since 1850, so there is not a lot of pristine area left," Newton Robert Mullinax said quoting from Newton Planning Commission's Core Area Plan. "So our job is to improve upon what is already there and maintain it."
Ruby Sigmon Hedrick, 88, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Conover.
Larry Danny Beal, 65, of Newton, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
Leroy Eugene Blair, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.
â€śNow we have to do it all over again,â€ť he said.
The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
No one has been charged in Zahra Baker's murder.
And because there are no murder charges, Zahra's caregivers shouldn't be appointed provisional counsel for a capital offense, according to the District Attorney's Office.
District Attorney Jay Gaither said the Capital Defender's Office filed a provisional counsel assignment Nov. 12 with the Catawba County Clerk of Court for representation of Elisa and Adam Baker, Zahra's stepmother and father. According to Gaither, this assignment incorrectly states that both Adam Baker and Elisa Baker are charged with murder.
Many Concordia Christian Day School students have been camping, but most of them never went camping in a tepee.
Charlotte Story, whose two children attend Concordia Christian school, brought her father's tepee Wednesday to share with students at the school in Conover.
"My dad has a special place in his heart for Native Americans, and he's always had a special place in his heart," Story said. "He wants to share everything he knows about them."
A woman is dead Wednesday after her car crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 40.
The woman was traveling eastbound at the 138 mile marker at 4:51 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, struck a guardrail and flipped, said Sgt. T.M. Daniel, with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The woman, whose name wasn't released at the scene, wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. She was ejected from the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, which landed on the westbound side of I-40 several yards from where it struck the guardrail.
HICKORY (AP) â€” The father of a disabled girl who North Carolina police say was killed said he had nothing to do with her death and did not dismember the child.
"There's no way I would do that to my baby," Adam Baker told WBTV in a Tuesday interview. "There's no way in the world I would hurt my daughter."
Adam Baker said he avoided a public vigil Tuesday night on what would have been Zahra Baker's 11th birthday because he didn't want to take the focus off his child. He watched over the Internet along with his mother and lawyer.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers wrestling team made a quick turn around in the past three seasons. The Tigers went from a struggling team before coach Mike Carey got there in 2008 to sharing the 2009-10 Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference title with St. Stephens and Alexander Central in his second season as coach.
â€śI think we have a really good chance to be one of the state contenders,â€ť senior Caleb McRorie said. â€śWe started from nothing, and now we are one of the top teams in the state. Hopefully, we can keep going up.â€ť
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins learned a lot about Zahra Baker since the investigation into her disappeance started more than a month ago.
He spoke with several people who knew Zahra during her life, and each one told him the same thing: Zahra didn't want to be pitied.
"Nothing would slow her down," Adkins said. "She wanted no pity. She wanted to be like every other child."