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July 29th, 2011

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.

July 27th

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 27, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

Maiden project to affect traffic, water

July 27, 2011

A plan to replace a 75-year-old water line in Maiden will affect traffic in coming months, but town officials say the impact will be as minimal as possible.

Maiden’s Main Street Waterline Replacement Project will replace one of the oldest water lines in the town as well as relocate a new water line out of the road. Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms said the old water line has had several breaks over the past few years. Buildup inside the pipe has caused the problem, he said.

July 26th

Windows to a new world

July 26, 2011

Before this summer, Snow Creek Elementary School’s library had blank, white walls.

Thanks to five Hickory High School (HHS) girls and Snow Creek media coordinator, Ellen Sigmon, windows have opened up in the library, literally.

“Since there aren’t windows, I thought it would be neat to have murals fill the blank space in the library,” Sigmon said. “I was talking to Caroline (Sigmon’s daughter) about it and she wanted to do one.”

No change coming

July 26, 2011

Voting districts in the Newton-Conover City Schools system will remain unchanged for the next 10 years.

As a result, about 50 homes — 112 citizens — will remain in the Conover district, while the population of the Newton voting district will remain slightly smaller than its counterpart in the school system.

Despite the slight size difference, the school system will be within population sizes outlined in the state election statues.

Police ID shotgun robber

July 26, 2011

Police have identified the man who robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday with a sawed-off shotgun.

Conover Police issued a warrant for Freddy Soots, 32, of Whiteville, with robbery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday and are searching for the suspect.

Police say Soots walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of a duffle bag and demanding money.

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 26, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

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