Archive - Oct 18, 2011 - News Article
New businesses may locate in Sherrills Ford in the near future after the county approved a rezoning request Monday night.
Catawba County Commissioners rezoned land along N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Monday for commercial usage. The property ownerâ€™s early plans indicate the land may be developed for retail, financial or medical uses.
The countyâ€™s annual vigil for child homicide victims is always an emotional event.
Hearing the name â€śZahraâ€ť this year struck a special nerve with most in attendance.
On Tuesday, the Childrenâ€™s Advocacy and Protection Center (CAPC) remembered 20 child homicide victims that were killed by a parent or guardian in 2011.
The names included 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
Zahra is the Australian girl who traveled to Catawba County at age 7 to live with her father, Adam Baker. She was killed by Adamâ€™s partner, Elisa Baker, in September 2010.
For the first time in eight years, Newton will have a new mayor in November.
Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax is not seeking re-election this fall, and both candidates vying for the position bring new ideas to the table.
Anne Stedman, Newtonâ€™s current mayor pro-tem and owner of the Trot House Inn, wants to reinvent downtown. Wes Weaver, Newton Merchants Association president and business entrepreneur, wants progress in Newton and hopes to bring more businesses into the area.
Both candidates say job growth is essential to the cityâ€™s future.
Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth â€” both in jobs and services â€” as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.
Six candidates are competing for three open seats on the city council as early voting begins Thursday. Most of the candidates say the economy's impact on businesses and residents is the biggest issue facing the city and its board in the next four years.
After councilwoman Penny Corpening withdrew from the council race last month, Kyle Hayman and Don Beal are the only two incumbents running for re-election.