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July 18th, 2011

Stuff the Bus kicks off for 10th year

July 18, 2011

The last collection barrel for the Stuff the Bus school supply drive was put in place Monday to kick off the annual donation program.
About 14 collection sites are scattered throughout Catawba County for donors to give paper, pens and other school necessities to children in need of materials.
The Stuff the Bus drive and its donors has given school supplies for about 10 years.

BREAKING: N.C. Judge orders Pre-k funding to be restored

July 18, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina cannot limit enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program for at-risk children that saw its budget reduced by the General Assembly, the judge overseeing a long-running education-opportunity lawsuit ordered Monday.

It's not clear whether the order by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. could force the Legislature to redo part of the $19.7 billion state budget that took effect this month. Manning said only that he's confident the state will live up to its constitutional duties to afford every child a good, basic education.

July 15th

Conover, Maiden council races full

July 15, 2011

Most filing for the 2011 Catawba County Municipal Elections is complete, and several council races have a host of competitors.

The Conover City Council race has three seats open for election, but eight candidates declared for the race. In addition to all three incumbents up for re-election, the filers include a past Conover mayor and current school board member.

Former Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard declared Friday that he would run for city council. Eckard lost to current Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. in the mayoral election of 2009.

He has been out of city government since.

Driver falls asleep, flips

July 15, 2011

North Carolina State Trooper K.E. Travis investigates a car wreck scene at the intersection of Startown Road and Kings Grant Drive in Newton.

Travis said an unidentified driver was traveling south on Startown Road when he probably fell asleep at the wheel and ran his car off the road.

The car flipped upside down and landed on the right shoulder.

The driver was trapped momentarily before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in stable condition.

Man pleads guilty for dog cruelty

July 15, 2011

The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to “willfully and intentionally” killing three dogs and depriving two others.

In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewitt’s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden man’s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewitt’s property during the search.

NCCS board voting district to change

July 15, 2011

Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.

As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.

Fire damages club's building

July 15, 2011

An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.

Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.

BREAKING: One killed in crash

July 15, 2011

One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.

July 14th

N.C. 16 bypass almost done

July 14, 2011

Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.

Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.

Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the project’s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.

Dates set for change of venue

July 14, 2011

Elisa Baker’s chains and shackles rattled as she shuffled into Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

The woman, accused of the 2010 murder of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter, did not speak as her judge, defense attorney and state prosecution discussed an arraignment and possible change of venue for her case.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid set Baker’s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.

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