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N.C. 16 bypass almost done

July 14, 2011

Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.

Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.

Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the project’s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.

Dates set for change of venue

July 14, 2011

Elisa Baker’s chains and shackles rattled as she shuffled into Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

The woman, accused of the 2010 murder of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter, did not speak as her judge, defense attorney and state prosecution discussed an arraignment and possible change of venue for her case.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid set Baker’s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.

Newton pool revenue dips during first month

July 14, 2011

City investments in Newton's swimming pool are up and revenue is down, but plans for the future aims to help keep the facility — and pool goers — afloat during the rest of the summer.

After Newton invested $42,600 to prepare the city's swimming pool for the summer season, the facility brought about $5,000 to city coffers during the 16 days it was open in June.

"This is a good service amenity that the city offers," Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax said of the swimming pool.

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