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September 6th, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

September 6, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

September 5th

USPS closing Conover facility

September 5, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.

"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."

Final taste of the fair


September 5, 2011

Don’t rain on my parade – or fair.


Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this year’s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.

Conover gets piece of 9/11 history

September 5, 2011

Nearly 10 years ago, Catawba County residents were glued to their TVs. From office buildings, schools and homes, they watched terrorists fly planes into the sides of two of the nation’s most iconic buildings – the twin World Trade Center towers – on Sept. 11, 2001.

For many area residents, that was the extent of their connection with the 9/11 attacks, but a piece of steel that will arrive in Conover this week will help citizens better remember the historic day.

September 2nd

Confronting the bullies

September 2, 2011

Cyber-bullying is not unique to any one school or system.

The frequency of conflicts, insults, harassment and bullying sparked on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is increasing at all levels of education.

"It is becoming an issue in all school systems, not just Catawba County," said CCS School Board Attorney Crystal Davis.

That has prompted school officials to begin taking a proactive approach to the problem, both before bullying — or harassment online — occurs and after.

Preserving memories

September 2, 2011

In 1869, Jonas Conrad Killian was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in Newton. In a two-year span, he was beaten, trampled and robbed for trying to raise a Union flag after the War Between the States ended and North Carolina had rejoined the Union. 

Jonas, a husband, blacksmith and member of the Union army, had a turbulent time surviving through a Confederate-supported Catawba County in the 1860s. 

Now, 150 years after he lived through, and served in the war, his descendents are finally giving the Civil War veteran the recognition he deserves. 

SCV seeks help for memorials

September 2, 2011

Area Sons of Confederate Veterans want to memorialize two fallen soldiers, but they say more help is needed to make the project a reality.

Members of the C.F. Connor Camp No. 849, SCV, are planning to build grave stone enclosures and memorial stones for two Confederate Soldiers from Conover that currently have no marker.

The soldiers’ wives are buried at Sipe’s Orchard Home in Conover, where the SCV plan to erect the memorial stones.

Conover officials meet with regional leaders

September 2, 2011

Two mayors are smarter than one. Many mayors working on the same challenges is even better.

That’s what the Conover mayor and mayor pro-tem are saying after meeting with regional municipal leaders Wednesday to identify universal concerns, challenges and goals around the piedmont.

Conover Mayor Lee Moritz, Jr. and Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman helped leaders identify eco-development, infrastructure and sustainability as three “key” issues that will challenge the region in coming years.

Off-campus threats

September 2, 2011

As the prevalence of social media continues to grow in schools, age-old problems of name-calling, bullying and harassment have flourished on a whole new level.

"Once Facebook came in and became the social network of all the teens, I guess the kids think they can go on there and say anything they want to, even if they are not saying it out loud to other people," said Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger. "They think they can say anything they want to, and it often hurts people's feelings or causes conflict."

August 31st

Making the Midway

August 31, 2011

It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.

Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high “ride,” and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing “Himalaya” tilt-a-whirl.

The fair is back.

However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fair’s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.

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