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October 25th, 2011

Death penalty sought

October 25, 2011

The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.

A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.

Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.

Bands march into Newton

October 25, 2011

Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.

Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.

The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.

Grand champions

October 25, 2011

Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.

As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.

"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.

Strength restored

October 25, 2011

Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.

The church’s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuary’s brick-and-mortar frame.

“Columns were falling down and there wasn’t any concrete left in the walls,” said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.

“It didn’t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.”

The church demanded a fix — and fast — before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.

October 24th

Conover thanks helpers, gets gift

October 24, 2011

A Conover resident’s thoughtful donation adds more history to the city’s newest building.

Dwight Rockett, a Conover fireman and native, permanently loaned two antique vehicles earlier this year to the city’s Multimodal Complex.

The century-old U.S. Postal Service buggy and railway freight cart will be housed on the third floor of the complex that opened Monday.

City officials say the antiques add another historic aspect to the 100-year-old revitalized building that housed manufacturers throughout the 20th century.

What’s next for Conover Station?

October 24, 2011

After nearly six years of planning, grant writing, funding and construction, Conover Station’s first building is complete and open to the public.

Conover dedicated its Multimodal Center on Monday, officially opening a complex that will house community space, Greenway Transit Authority offices, the Conover Library and a future public train depot stop.

It is the first completed building of the city’s economic revitalization project called Conover Station — a development that officials say has a lot more room to grow.

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.

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