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September 19th, 2011
Catawba officials are making sure thereâ€™s a smooth arrival for the townâ€™s newest restaurant.
The town decided last week on the company that will fix sidewalks around the downtown area, including in front of Catawbaâ€™s soon-to-open restaurant â€“ Cindys Starlite CafĂ© 2.
The sidewalk renovations will take place along the whole length of East Central Avenue and from the corner of East Central and South Main Street to N.C. 10, said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett.
Last fall, the Claremont Optimist Club was in bad shape.
The group, locally known for providing recreational leagues and activities for kids, had struggled financially for years, resisted talking with city officials and made poor use of its facilities. Â Â
It was a â€śsinking shipâ€ť on the verge of capsizing.
But now, after a year of electing new leaders, getting finances in order and re-opening communication with city officials two weeks ago, Optimist leaders say they are ready to put their rough waters behind them and head toward smooth sailing.
N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither defended and supported Friday his office's decision to pursue a second-degree murder charge for Elisa Baker.
Gaither's defense aligned with comments he made Thursday about what could have happened in the Zahra Baker case had the state not made the plea agreement with Elisa and her defense attorneys.
N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither on Friday defended and supported his office's decision to pursue a second-degree murder charge for Elisa Baker.
Gaither's defense aligned with comments he made Thursday about what could have happened in the Zahra Baker case if the state had not made the plea agreement with Elisa and her defense attorneys.
Elisa Baker's days in court are not done.
Baker still faces federal drug trafficking charges. The trial is currently set to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Voorhees at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in Statesville, according to the U.S. District Attorney's western North Carolina office.
The charges include:
n one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million
Before Elisa Bakerâ€™s sentencing on Thursday, Adam Baker had been primarily quiet.
â€¨He had talked openly to police and investigators, but to the public, his involvement in the murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker was mysterious. â€¨On Thursday, however, he addressed the court, the public and Elisa herself for the first time openly.
â€¨â€śElisa, I trusted you with the most precious person in my life,â€ť Adam said. â€śYou not only lied to me, you also lied to Zahra. Zahra loved you more than anything in the world. ... You filled her life with lies.â€ť
Throughout the past 11 months, the Zahra Baker case has wore on many Catawba County citizens emotionally â€“ even the areaâ€™s district attorney.
N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither said while he, his office and area law enforcement were forced to put emotions aside during the case, he said certain details of the event definitely touched everyone.
â€śEmotions come on me quickly and come on me strong,â€ť Gaither said.
â€śThere were a couple of occasions specifically where it was hard to not get emotionally involved.â€ť
Elisa Baker will serve 15-18 years in prison for the murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
While Thursdayâ€™s sentencing ended a nearly year-long criminal follow-up to Zahraâ€™s disappearance and death, law enforcement officials said that many questions surrounding the mystery of her death remain.
Almost a year after Zahra Baker was reported missing from her Hickory home, the world finally got an explanation behind what happened to the 10-year-old Australian girl who won two battles against cancer.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaidâ€™s sentence was loud and clear on Thursday â€“ Elisa Baker will serve at least 15 years in state prison. What is less lucid is if her sentence is just.
Elisaâ€™s family members are â€śtorn,â€ť the public thinks â€śno,â€ť and Zahra Bakerâ€™s biological mother seems content with the ruling, but offered no public comment.