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May 5th, 2011

Newton approves plans to meet water, sewer needs

May 5, 2011

During the fiscal year that begins July 1 Newton plans to tackle $2.4 million in projects to rehabilitate water and sewer lines.

City leaders say those projects will not only improve decades-old infrastructure that often fails, they will also improve the city's ability to protect citizen property from fires.

Newton will also spend $373,500 on a new records management system for the police department, replacing technology that has no back-up, and if it fails could wipe out all the information the city's law enforcement maintains.

May 4th

Reilly fights for fair trial

May 4, 2011

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team guarded a silent Elisa Baker as she was escorted from a Ford Crown Victoria to Caldwell County Superior Court for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Once inside, a full staff of sheriff’s office deputies lined the courtroom and blocked each of the doorways.
The 42-year-old stepmother of Zahra Baker is facing one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her deceased daughter’s name to obtain electricity while she and husband Adam Baker lived in Hudson.

Baker can leave NC with notice

May 4, 2011

Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.

Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.

District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.

History won't repeat itself

May 4, 2011

Stacks of books detailing the Holocaust not only opened the minds of readers and teachers, but started an in-depth discussion on the root issue of one of history's most devastating accounts of death — hatred.

Catawba Valley Community College received about 150 classroom sets covering the Holocaust through a grant from the N.C. Council on the Holocaust. CVCC is the only community college in North Carolina to have the instructional collection.

"The unique feature is that it's a regional collection," said Ari Sigal, of Catawba Valley Community College's library.

Empowerment builds women

May 4, 2011

Women broke a perceived barrier while coming together to help a family in need during Women Build Week.

Sounds of hammers and saws filled an area community, but those weren't men wearing hard hats. About 30 Catawba County women joined forces to help build a Habitat for Humanity house, which will soon be the home of Gayle Bumgarner.

"It's 'I can do it,'" said Anne Beach, of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. "It's an empowerment. There is a lot of paperwork and credit issues (for Habitat homeowners). It's a neat thing to watch their growth."

May 3rd

Newton pool to open again

May 3, 2011

Newton will spend $42,600 before July 1 to open and operate the city’s public swimming pool this summer.
Newton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to invest money toward salaries, supplies and maintenance, as well as improvements required by the Catawba County Health Department. The pool is forecast to earn about $2,800 from public swimming and day camps during June.

Motorcyclist charged with reckless driving

May 3, 2011

A Claremont man is recovering after a motorcycle accident Monday.

Robert Setzer III, 30, was traveling west on Little Mountain Road on a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle at 5:50 p.m. Monday when he ran off the road to not hit another vehicle.

Kenneth Knight Sr., 56, of Newton, was stopped at a stop sign on Old Home Place Drive and attempted to turn left onto Little Mountain Road.

N.C. Trooper J.S. Swagger said Knight's vision was affected by a hill crest in the road, as well as Setzer's speed.

Swagger said Setzer was going 90 mph on a 45-mph road.

Lutheran seminary joins forces with L-R

May 3, 2011

The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., entered into a collaborative partnership with Lenoir-Rhyne University, making this the first combination of a Lutheran seminary with a university.

A feasibility study conducted in fall 2010 between the boards of Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary showed similarities within the organizations. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) organized the study and supports the partnership between both institutions.

Attacking dogs euthanized

May 3, 2011

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's five dogs were euthanized after attacking a postal worker.

The labrador and pit bull mix dogs were euthanized April 28, which was a week after the incident. Catawba County Animal Services Manager Jay Blatche said Mayfield authorized the death of the five dogs.

Turbocoating gets $260K in possible incentives

May 3, 2011

Catawba County will provide up to $260,000 to Turbocoating Corp. USA after its recent announcement to locate its first United States operation in Hickory.

Turbocoating plans to create at least 80 new jobs paying an average wage of $50,000 per year and invest $13 million in four years for machinery and equipment, according to Julie Pruett, director of recruitment for Catawba County Economic Development Corp. However, it's also possible Turbocoating can invest $15 million and 110 new jobs in five years.

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