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President passes through region

October 17, 2011

For Scott Anderson, President Barack Obama's message hit home.

The 34-year-old construction worker from Asheville has been out of work for almost a year and listened Monday as Obama touted his jobs bill, which is stalled in the Senate.

The president said the package would turn around the troubled economy, creating tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, police officers, firefighters and construction workers.

"This is what the country needs," said Anderson, a father of three.

Baker drug trial postponed

October 17, 2011

A federal drug trial has been postponed for Elisa Baker, the North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty last month to killing 10-year-old Zahra Baker.

The drug trial for Elisa Baker – who was sentenced in September to 15-18 years for the second-degree murder of Zahra – has been delayed until Jan. 9. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 7.

Attorneys requested more time to prepare for the trial

In May, a federal grand jury indicted Baker on seven drug charges that accuse her of illegal drug activity between 2006 and 2010. She's accused of misusing painkillers and anxiety medicine.

Maiden candidates focused on industry growth

October 17, 2011

With seven candidates vying for three open seats, the Maiden Town Council race is competitive this year.

Both familiar and new names line the 2011 ballot, and candidates say increasing jobs and industry in the town will be key issues to address.

Early voting for the Maiden council race – and all municipal elections – begins Thursday at the Newton Main Library.

All three incumbents are running for re-election on the Maiden council. They are challenged by four candidates who offer varying degrees of public-office experience.

Man slams into tree off I-40

October 17, 2011

A Catawba County man is lucky to be alive after running his car off an exit ramp and slamming into a tree Friday night.

Jamie Lee Abernathy was driving on the I-40 westbound off-ramp at exit 135 on Friday night when he drove off the road and slammed into a tree at a high speed.

Police say Abernathy sustained a cut to his forehead in the accident and was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. His car was totaled in the wreck.

Claremont police say Abernathy was intoxicated, and authorities are still investigating what caused the wreck.

Newton to consider new sign rules

October 17, 2011

Sidewalk signs are currently prohibited outside businesses in downtown Newton, but that could all change.

A measure that will be discussed during Newton City Council's meeting tonight proposes new rules for temporary signs in the city's central business district. Under the proposed ordinance, business owners could apply for an annual permit to display sidewalk signs outside their downtown storefronts.

The measure comes after city staff met with representatives from the Downtown Newton Development Association and the Newton Merchants Association, according to Newton Planner Max Sigler.

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