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July 15th, 2011
The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to â€świllfully and intentionallyâ€ť killing three dogs and depriving two others.
In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewittâ€™s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden manâ€™s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewittâ€™s property during the search.
Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.
As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.
An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.
Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.
One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.
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 projectâ€™s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.
Elisa Bakerâ€™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 Bakerâ€™s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.
City investments in Newton's swimming pool are up and revenue is down, but plans for the future aims to help keep the facility â€” and pool goers â€” 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.
Conover received a $333,000 grant to create a park at Conover Station, which will add 48 percent to the city's park tally.
Conover Planning Director Lance Hight announced the city's receipt of a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant for $333,744 at a recent council meeting. This grant requires a 50/50 match with the city.
However, Hight said the city can leverage the PARTF grant with the Cleanwater Management Trust Fund grant for $415,719, which the city received earlier this year. The cleanwater grant provides most of the total matching fund payment.
The Warlong building at Conover Station is about four weeks behind schedule, but city officials say the setbacks are in part because of construction problems to the old building.
"The big thing is the complexity of the building," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "You have to open it up and discover how it was built."
The Warlong building was scheduled to be finished July 1, but the new completion date is Aug. 12.
Newton-Conover High School leaders want to prohibit parking on a street near school grounds because they believe students are going to the area to engage in sexual activity and deal drugs.