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November 8th, 2011

New mayor for Newton

November 8, 2011

Newton citizens elected a new mayor Tuesday and for the first time a female will hold the city's top elected office.

"I don't think being a female makes any difference ... I am ready to lead the city," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman, who succeeds Mayor Robert A. Mullinax. "I have the experience, and I do think it takes that to run a city. I think that my passion for Newton shows."

Among her first goals as mayor is continuing to apply that passion toward Newton's central business district.

BREAKING NEWS: Election results are in

November 8, 2011

Newton City Council incumbents Tom Rowe, Mary Bess Lawing and Wayne Dellinger won re-election to the board Tuesday, all receiving more votes than challenger Mae Lutz McLean.

Vote tallies included 714 for Rowe, 645 for Lawing, 628 for Dellinger and 292 for McLean.

Conover City Council incumbents Don Beal and Kyle Hayman gained the most votes and will retain their seats. Bruce Eckard, a former Conover mayor and councilman, will join Beal and Hayman on the board. Eckard takes a seat now held by Corpening, who withdrew from the race in October.

Adam Baker's attorney asks for venue change

November 8, 2011

Before Elisa Baker pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker in September in Catawba County, she wanted her trial moved elsewhere.

Her judge — citing “pervasive” and “prejudicial” media coverage in the area — approved the request, and arrangements were made for several trial dates and locations that never happened.

Now, Zahra’s father wants his case moved for the same reasons.

Adam Baker faces Catawba County charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both counts are felonies, but are unrelated to Zahra Baker’s murder.

Maiden loses football 'father'

November 8, 2011

The Maiden community lost a former coach this week who helped begin a winning high school football tradition.

William "Bill" Barefoot — who coached at Maiden High from 1955-59 and again from 1962-65 — died Monday night in Columbia, S.C.

"If George Washington is the founding father of our country, Bill Barefoot is the father of football at Maiden," said Barefoot's former player and co-captain Charles Abernethy.

Struggling out of the gate in Barefoot's first season in 1955, the Blue Devils finished 2-4, but Barefoot continued to build a young program.

BREAKING: Adam Baker seeks venue change

November 8, 2011

The father of 10-year-old murder victim Zahra Baker appeared in court in Newton on Tuesday. Like the woman accused of murdering his daughter, he wants his criminal trial to be moved to a new venue.

Adam Baker faces Catawba County charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both counts are felonies, but are unrelated to Zahra Baker’s murder.

In Caldwell County, Baker is charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property.

The O-N-E Morning Read: ELECTION DAY 2011

November 8, 2011

A little more than a year ago attorney Shawn Clark was less than 250 votes from winning the Republican primary for the District 25 Attorney’s office. Today, he faces charges of extortion and obstruction of justice over accusations of a sexual affair with a client.

More details on the story are available in the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at

Other news featured for Election Day 2011 includes:

November 7th

DA challenger Clark indicted

November 7, 2011

A grand jury indicted former district attorney candidate and Catawba County lawyer Shawn Clark on Monday on extortion and obstruction of justice charges.

Clark — who last year lost a District 25 Attorney Republican primary by less than 250 votes — is charged with two counts of extortion and one count of obstruction of justice. Accusations surround a series of back-and-forth court battles between Clark and a former client a few months prior to the May 2010 primary. 

One more chance to vote

November 7, 2011

Two percent of Catawba County residents eligible to vote in this year's election marked their ballots at one-stop sites.

The rest of the county's 47,419 eligible voters still have an opportunity today to choose members of local municipal and school boards.

"There's not much opposition as far as the cities go this time, but there's always the opportunity for write-ins," said Larry Brewer, the county elections director. "There are also two school districts where you can voice your opinion for the boards. It's definitely an important election. They're all important."

Emergency signal just a test Wednesday

November 7, 2011

On Wednesday, an emergency signal will interrupt TV and radio station broadcasts for about 30 seconds at 2 p.m.

Karyn Yaussy, the Catawba County Emergency Management coordinator, said the signal will only be a test and no action will be required.

Yaussy said the test is similar to regular emergency signal tests that air on radio and TV stations.

Former teacher's sex case postponed

November 7, 2011

A superior court judge postponed the case of a former Maiden High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Christopher Bryce Caldwell, a former Maiden band director, is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual activity with a student.

Caldwell did not speak at his appearance in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, and Superior Court Judge Carl Fox agreed to continue the case until Jan. 30, 2012.

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