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October 24th, 2011

Baker continues to claim innocence

October 24, 2011

Elisa Baker maintains she's innocent.

Baker — who pleaded guilty last month to killing 10-year-old Zahra Baker — insisted in a recent jail interview with The Charlotte Observer that she did not kill Zahra and was an unwilling participant in covering up the girl's death.

The Observer reported Sunday that 43-year-old Elisa Baker portrayed herself as a loving stepmother who was only following her lawyer's advice in pleading guilty.

"I pled guilty, but I'm not guilty," she told reporters in a 30-minute interview at the Mecklenburg County jail. Zahra was "the light of my eyes."

Catawba woman Mrs. N.C. America

October 24, 2011

A Catawba woman won the title of Mrs. North Carolina America 2012 this weekend and the right to represent the state in the Mrs. America pageant next spring.

Jessica Harvey — Catawba resident and wife of professional baseball player Kris Harvey of the Florida Marlins — won the statewide pageant in Mooresville on Saturday night.

Merchants host candidate social

October 24, 2011

Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.

The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth — both in jobs and services — as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.

October 21st

Merchants host candidate social

October 21, 2011

Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.

The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth — both in jobs and services — as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.

Catawba voter info online

October 21, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered if your boss or buddy swings to the political right or left, just look online.

Personal information for all 99,847 registered voters in Catawba County is on the Internet.

The information spreads much further than political party and precinct, too. Voters’ home addresses, ages and even home telephone numbers can be found on a Catawba County datasheet.

Catawba County Board of Elections officials say the information is public and is simply an online version of a list residents have always been able to request.

Service expansion

October 21, 2011

Carl Jenkins says an increasing number of families hold unique services to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.

He says an upgrade under way at Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton will help the business improve those services.

The funeral home broke ground this week on a new outdoor pavilion. The structure — 61 feet by 30 feet —will include a picnic-style shelter with ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and plumbing for restrooms.

Families will be able to share meals at the grave site of their loved ones after funerals.

Fire station shot

October 21, 2011

A shooting at a Maiden fire station could have been much worse.

Suspects fired two shots into Maiden Fire Department’s station on Startown Road in the past 24-48 hours.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the rounds damaged the station’s glass bay doors and hit one fire engine.

Police and fire officials believe suspects fired the rounds from the roadside on Startown Road within the last day or two.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said one firefighter was at the station as late as 1:30 a.m. Friday, and police are still investigating the shooting.

Early voting starts slow

October 21, 2011

On the first day of early voting in Catawba County, about 54 residents cast their votes for municipal elections. Election officials say the turnout is fairly normal for a municipal election.

By noon on Thursday, 33 residents had visited the Newton Main Library to vote for mayoral, council and school board elections throughout the county.

One-stop early voting continues at Newton Main Library today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Highland Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday. Election Day is Nov. 8.

October 20th

Calming down a murderer

October 20, 2011

On Feb. 14, Michael Joseph Anderson called 9-1-1 to say he had brutally killed a man.

Anderson said he overdosed on pills and shot his roommate, Stephen Starr, three times before mutilating his body with an axe.

“I did some things to the body that you don’t want them to see,” he said during the phone call.

Tammy Saunders, a Catawba County 9-1-1 telecommunicator, was on the other end of the call throughout Anderson's disturbing confession.

October 19th

'Magic' at every bend

October 19, 2011

Donna Heavner says she realized in kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher when she helped a struggling peer learn how to read.

Heavner also says she was at risk of dropping out of school when she was a teenager because she felt lost in the crowd.

Now, Heavner helps about 600 children find their way every day. The River Bend Middle School principal was recognized by her peers this month as Catawba County Schools' principal of the year.

"It's been magical," Heavner said Wednesday. "I have the best group of people. Amazing teachers. Amazing kids. I've been blessed."

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