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Strawberry season is officially here

April 20, 2011

With warm weather on the horizon that can only mean one thing — L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse is now open.

Strawberry season started Monday, which is early for L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse.

Farm owner Lucas Richard said the best weather for strawberries is cool, dry temperatures. Berries don’t typically start to bloom until March 15 or as late as March 20, he said.

“Our season usually runs from April 20 to June 15, (if lucky) we can go to the end of June,” Richard said, who has owned the farm since 1995.

“It just depends on if the weather can stay cool till the end of June.”

Newton tests swimming pool waters

April 20, 2011

To swim or not to swim?

That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.

Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.

"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."

Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.

Community services highlight holiday

April 20, 2011

The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a community celebration to remember Jesus' life.

First Presbyterian Church in Newton will host a Good Friday service at noon in the church's sanctuary. Mark Watson, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, said the service is expected to last about 45 minutes.

"It's a time to remember Jesus through scripture reading, meditation and liturgy," Watson said.

In addition to the quiet time and scripture message, Watson said participants will sing traditional hymns and hear a solo by Ann Aichinger, a pastor at New Vision Church in Conover.

Abondoned house fire deemed intentional

April 20, 2011

An abandoned house caught fire Tuesday night, and officials are seeking information on its cause.
At 10:19 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters responded to a fire in a wooded area that involved an old abandoned house at 3760 11th St. NE.
No injuries were reported in the fire, and damage estimates are being compiled.
Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one tanker, and one command vehicle. Due to the size of the woods fire, HFD called for two additional tankers.
A tanker from St. Stephens Fire Department also responded to the scene. 

Zahra's father out of jail, but monitored

April 20, 2011

HICKORY — The father of a murdered 10-year-old cancer survivor is no longer in federal custody but has to wear an ankle monitor to check his whereabouts.

Australian native Adam Baker is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. He posted $10,000 bond but was turned over to federal immigration officials who have prohibited him from leaving the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black said Wednesday that Baker was not in custody, but declined to elaborate.

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