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August 2nd, 2011
Area municipal governments are saying a proposed rate increase by Duke Energy would be âunpalatableâ during tough economic times.
Duke Energy Carolinas provides power to many residents in Catawba County, and the company is asking the N.C. Utilities Commission for about a 15 percent average increase in electricity rates.
The city of Conover passed a resolution Monday that voices opposition to a proposed electricity rate increase by Duke Energy, which provides to city residents, as well as the city itself.
WASHINGTON â The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.
Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
Elisa Bakerâs jury will not be from Catawba County, but it is still unclear where her trials will be held.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a change of venue request Monday that was submitted by Elisaâs attorney, Scott Reilly, last month.
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge has been plagued with vandalism in recent years, but a national grant should help officials better protect the historic Catawba County landmark.
The countyâs historical association will receive about $179,425 from the National Covered Bridge Preservation Program to enhance security at the bridge located in Claremont. The historical association must match the grant with up to $43,000 in locally raised funds, said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association.
Newton leaders are going back to "Lovers' Lane," and they may break a few high school hearts when they get there.
During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Newton City Council will revisit a request to ban parking along North Deal Avenue during school hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In July, Newton Police Department asked leaders to prohibit parking along the street which is adjacent to Newton-Conover High School. The request came after complaints from NCHS officials, who said high school students were parking there and possibly engaging in sexual activity an deal drugs.
A judge has granted a change of trial venue for the woman accused of murdering and dismembering 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
During court proceedings Monday afternoon, Catawba County Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a request to move Elisa Baker's murder trial out of the 25th Judicial District.
Elisa Baker faces second-degree murder charges in connection with the disappearance and death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. A cancer survivor who moved with her father from Australia to the Hickory Metro, Zahra was first reported missing in October 2010.
â¨The first week Claremont held its Tailgate Market, three vendors showed up to sell produce and plants.Â â¨The next week, nine vendors came. The week after that, 14 citizen sellers lined the Claremont City Hall parking lot.â¨Now, Claremont Special Events Coordinator Henry Helton said he is turning people away.Â
As Catawba County football teams start football practices Saturday, coaches and trainers will follow new rules the N. C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) implemented to help athletes combat the heat.
These new guidelines go along with standard guidance offered by coaches throughout the county.
Newton-Conover football coach Nick Bazzle gives his players a number of different tips, including telling them to drink a lot of Gatorade and eat three meals a day. That, he said, will help his playersâ hydration and strength.
Fire and rescue personnel offered a heroes salute to Asheville Fire Capt. Jeff Bowen at the Conover Boulevard West bridge of I-40 on Friday afternoon. Bowen, 37, died after suffering serious injuries while trying to see if anyone was trapped inside a burning office building in Asheville on Thursday. As his body was transported from a Winston-Salem hospital to Asheville on Friday, area fire and rescue personnel manned Catawba County bridges crossing I-40 to salute the fallen firefighter.
Elisa Bakerâs attorney wants her trial moved outside Catawba County, but the state will argue on Monday that a fair trial can be found here.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid will hear oral arguments on Monday about Elisaâs trial being moved outside the county.
Elisaâs attorney, Scott Reilly, says the woman accused of murdering and dismembering her 10-year-old step-daughter, Zahra, cannot receive a fair trial in Catawba County because of prejudicial publicity surrounding the case.
Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither disagrees.