Archive - Jan 6, 2011 - News Article
2010 was a tough year for Catawba County's municipalities, and the city of Newton was no exception.
"This was a very difficult year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, adding the budget process for the city was "as tough a budget process as I've ever seen."
Despite budgeting difficulties, the city came through 2010 without a tax increase and continuing to provide high-quality services for its residents.
"There's a lot that we accomplished," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "And that's in addition to running the city."
Conover Police arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly running a counterfeiting operation at a city residence.
The investigation started when employees from the Conover Wal-Mart called Conover Police to report a customer shoplifting from the store.
Authorities arrived at the scene and interrogated Arthur Joseph Carr, 23, of Beckley, W.Va., and Emmitt Seven Loges, 23, of Conover.
Last year, residents in Catawba County could ring in 2010 at a bar, with a drink and a cigarette in hand.
This year, however, 2011 dawned in smoke-free restaurants and bars throughout Catawba County and North Carolina.
The state law banning smoking in bars and restaurants turned a year old this month, but debates about the law haven't gone cold in the 12 months since it was passed.
"I think you should be able to smoke in bars and restaurants," said 20-year-old Dakota Bryant, of Conover.
RALEIGH â€” A relative of Zahra Baker's stepmother said Wednesday that the jailed woman told her the 10-year-old girl died of an illness and that her parents "went wild," dismembering and hiding her remains.
Boncetta "Buzzie" Winkler, 76, told The Associated Press that she met this week with her niece, Elisa Baker, and talked about what happened to the freckle-faced Australian girl whose disappearance and death have riveted communities in North Carolina and her native country.