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August 3rd, 2011

Newton combats 'Lover's Lane'

August 3, 2011

Newton banned parking along "Lover's Lane" near Newton-Conover High School, and some residents of the North Deal Avenue block aren't happy about it.

"I don't like it," said North Deal Avenue resident Red Reitzel.

Another resident of the street, Michael Jackson, said city officials should "leave it alone like it is," even though Newton Police says NCHS students are parking along the street to engage in drug and sexual activity.

August 2nd

Vale motorcyclist clings to life

August 2, 2011

A Vale man is in serious condition after his motorcycle crashed into steel cable dividing the median on U.S. 321.

N.C. Highway Patrol reports Noah Lopez, 23, of Vale, was driving his Buell motorcycle south on U.S. 321 at about 5 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control and ran off the road into the median near the River Road exit. His motorcycle then slammed into steel cables that divide the median.

Painting for a lifetime

August 2, 2011

Arie Taylor was in elementary school the first time she tried her hand at painting. She was a fourth-grader at Banoak School in rural Catawba County and was immediately enthralled by the simple fun of making a blank canvas glow.

“I thought it was fun; every single thing about it was fun,” Taylor said.

Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, art supplies were hard to come by, and Taylor said her newly found passion was shortly put on hold due to a lack of available supplies.

“There was nowhere around here then that sold art supplies,” Taylor said.

Conover opposes energy rate request

August 2, 2011

Area municipal governments are saying a proposed rate increase by Duke Energy would be “unpalatable” during tough economic times.

Duke Energy Carolinas provides power to many residents in Catawba County, and the company is asking the N.C. Utilities Commission for about a 15 percent average increase in electricity rates.

The city of Conover passed a resolution Monday that voices opposition to a proposed electricity rate increase by Duke Energy, which provides to city residents, as well as the city itself.

Breaking: Obama signs debt bill

August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.

Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.

August 1st

Venue change approved

August 1, 2011

Elisa Baker’s jury will not be from Catawba County, but it is still unclear where her trials will be held.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a change of venue request Monday that was submitted by Elisa’s attorney, Scott Reilly, last month.

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. 

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