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August 1st, 2011

Historic bridge strengthens security

August 1, 2011

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 county’s 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 return to 'Lovers' Lane'

August 1, 2011

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.

BREAKING: Venue change granted in Baker case

August 1, 2011

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.

July 29th

Tailgate Market grows

July 29, 2011


The first week Claremont held its Tailgate Market, three vendors showed up to sell produce and plants. 
The next week, nine vendors came. The week after that, 14 citizen sellers lined the Claremont City Hall parking lot.
Now, Claremont Special Events Coordinator Henry Helton said he is turning people away. 

Football practice begins

July 29, 2011

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 players’ hydration and strength.

Hero's salute

July 29, 2011

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.

Arguments loom for Baker trial move

July 29, 2011

Elisa Baker’s 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 Elisa’s trial being moved outside the county.

Elisa’s 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.

July 28th

Passion for pilsner

July 28, 2011

Most people would find an anthropologist in a foreign country studying a culture or excavating remains of an ancient civilization, but not Steven Lyerly.

Lyerly, Olde Hickory Brewery (OHB) brewmaster, might have studied anthropology in college but found his true passion was making beer.

In college, Lyerly began homebrewing beer with his roommate who was given a homebrew kit for Christmas.

Impaired driver crashes, flees scene

July 28, 2011

An impaired driver tried to flee the scene of his own car accident in Newton on Thursday, but didn’t make it very far.

Police say Timothy R. Holiday, 49, of Shelby, was traveling north on Startown Road in Newton on Thursday when his 2005 Toyota Tundra ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility box. The car then continued across the intersection of N.C. 10 and hit a utility pole in front of the Kangaroo convenience store.

Crammed for space

July 28, 2011

Catawba County’s 9-1-1 communicators are in need of more space, but a planned expansion project to the existing Justice Center should help meet their needs, officials say. 
The county is in the design process of building a new 9-1-1 communication facility as part of an overall expansion project to the county’s Justice Center in Newton.

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