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July 9th, 2011
Drum's Restaurant in Conover was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning.
The fire was first reported at 1:19 a.m. Saturday, and the Conover Fire Department was dispatched to the downtown Conover restaurant by 1:30 a.m. for a working fire, said Drum's owner Douglas Travis, Jr.
Travis said no one was in the building when the fire was reported. He said he had no idea how the fire started.
The SBI Arson Team, Conover Fire Department and Conover Police Department were all investigating the fire Saturday.
A tractor-trailer overturned at about 11:35 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Startown Road and West Maiden Road in Maiden.
A driver for Queen Transportation said he was making a right turn onto West Maiden Road on Thursday when his tractor-trailer overturned on its right side on a grass embankment.
The driver said he did not know what happened. Maiden Police Officer Chad Long said the driver was not speeding. The tractor-trailer was delivering paper to the VonDrehle Corporation.
With one week of filing remaining for some area municipalities, 17 candidates officially declared for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.
Two non-incumbent candidates filed for Newtonâ€™s mayoral race, which is the only election that currently has multiple people filed for one position. Newton Mayor pro Tem Anne Stedman, along with the Newton Merchant Groupâ€™s President Wes Weaver, officially filed for the mayoral election that will take place later this year. Newtonâ€™s current mayor Robert Mullinax said, earlier this year, he will not seek re-election.
The area American Red Cross chapter urges people to donate blood during a time when supplies are traditionally low.
â€¨The Catawba Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will team with the Texas Roadhouse in Hickory on Monday to hold a blood drive from 4-8 p.m. Monday's blood drive comes during a season when Red Cross officials say blood supplies are dangerously low.
â€¨Suzan Anderson, executive director for the Catawba Valleyâ€™s Red Cross chapter, said blood donations and supplies are typically lower in the summer months.
Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither reinstated Eric Bellas to active status in his role as chief assistant district attorney this week, but that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean Bellas will be handling prosecution of Elisa Baker if and when her case goes to trial.
In an emailed response to inquiries by the (Lenoir) News-Topic, Gaither indicated that he is taking the lead in the case against Elisa Baker, who was charged in February with second-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker.
Catawba County's assistant district attorney was recently reinstated to full duty after being placed on administrative leave following an arrest and DWI charge in Sunset Beach.
Catawba County's assistant district attorney Eric Robert Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach at about midnight June 20 when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle, according to Sunset Beach Police reports and reliable O-N-E sources.
Claremont officials recently approved amendments to its sign ordinance that will allow businesses to incorporate high-rise signs close to its property.
Claremont City Council members approved amendments Tuesday that will establish a high-rise sign overlay district adjacent to Interstate 40 that will let business owners incorporate up to 80-foot-tall signs either on or near their property.
â€śWe are trying to be a little more business friendly,â€ť said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick. â€śWe are also trying to attract new businesses to the interchange.â€ť Â Â
If you walk around the Hickory American Legion Flea Market on an early Thursday morning, youâ€™re bound to see some interesting things for sale.
Thereâ€™s military gear. Piles of used tires. Comic book collections.
Miniature cacti farms. Live animals. Basically, if the flea market had a motto, it would probably read â€” â€śYou want it, we sell it.â€ť
As area citizens continue to battle the hot and stormy summer months, the county sheriff is also recommending that residents do their part to fight another reoccurring summer plague â€” larceny.
â€śIt goes up a little bit during the summer months,â€ť said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. â€śEverything is out in sight where thieves can see it, and thereâ€™s a bigger demand for home equipment and things like that.â€ť
Conover Fire Department is losing $2,400 in mutual aide funding from Catawba County, but it will still see a $3,000 increase in revenue thanks to an increase in property values in the cityâ€™s rural fire district.
Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson told Conover City Council that the mutual-aid funding, which at other times may have been called something else in the Catawba County budget, was in place since the 1960s. At the time the revenue stream was created, it assisted the countyâ€™s fire departments which were few in numbers, Hinson said.