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January 19th, 2011

Financial scams target needy

January 19, 2011

Some experts say the country's economy is on the road to recovery.

But as long as there are people facing financial problems, there will be scammers who seek to take advantage of those in need.

"Before Christmas and during hard times or disasters, people seem to be more generous," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. "And you see scams pop up then."

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper advises state residents to be on the lookout for financial scams, especially during times of financial hardship.

ECCCM gets grant

January 19, 2011

An area crisis-assistance organization received a more than $1,000 grant Wednesday from a Newton business.

Representatives from Wells Fargo Advisors presented the Rev. Robert C. Silber, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries executive director, with a check for $1,020 to help the ministry continue with its crisis-assistance services.

Woman charged with embezzlement

January 19, 2011

A Maiden woman is charged with embezzling money from her employer for six years.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies arrested Kisha Deaton Sain, 32, on Friday and charged her with one count of felony embezzlement.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Deaton allegedly stole $101,673 while working at Carolina Comfort Systems LLC in Denver. She worked as a bookkeeper for the company from 2003-09, and the incidents allegedly occurred during that time.

She was arrested Friday and taken before a magistrate in Lincoln County.

January 18th

Council considers new chambers

January 18, 2011

Maiden Town Council is researching the possibility of designing a new town hall and council chambers.

Council members discussed the possibility Monday night during the town's regularly scheduled meeting.

Marty Beal, of CBSA Architects, was on hand at the meeting to hear council member's wants and needs for new town facilities.

The project, however, is anything but certain.

"This isn't saying we're absolutely doing anything," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "We're exploring the idea."

Drafting a dream house

January 18, 2011

There's no housing crisis for Newton-Conover High School students, who constructed elaborately designed models of their dream homes for drafting class.

On Monday, students in Susan Ramsey's drafting III class completed and presented their semester-long projects, which were three-story home models designed on blueprints and crafted from wood, glue and foam board.

"When (students) finally put that thing together, it's a sense of pride, on my part," Ramsey said.

Elisa Baker indicted

January 18, 2011

Charges are mounting against Zahra Baker's stepmother, who was indicted Tuesday on a bigamy charge.

A Catawba County Grand Jury issued a true bill of indictment on Elisa Annette Baker, alleging she was already married when she wed her current husband Adam Baker, the father of Zahra Baker. Zahra's remains were discovered in Caldwell County several months ago.

While the grand jury deliberated Tuesday about whether to indict Elisa Baker on the charge, loggers in Caldwell located a briefcase possibly connected to Zahra's disappearance and death.

January 17th

Mobile home catches fire

January 17, 2011

The smell of smoke filled the air on N.C. 16 south Monday as firefighters tackled a mobile home fire on Stove Drive in Newton.

Alford Lady, owner of the mobile home on 2136 Stove Drive in Newton, said he looked outside from a camper on a neighboring piece of land and saw flames coming from the roof of the mobile home.

"I saw a bunch of smoke and called 9-1-1," said Lady, adding he was in the process of selling the mobile home to move to Louisiana.

Dreams abound at MLK celebration

January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the enduring words, "I have a dream," more than 40 years ago.

But for a group of men, women and children gathered Monday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton, those words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday to commemorate King and his dream and how to make that dream a reality. Monday marked 25 years since the celebration became a federal holiday.

Board to consider school projects

January 17, 2011

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several repair and improvement projects at area schools at its meeting today.

These requests for approval include a funding-transfer request for Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), a classroom-addition project at Webb A. Murray Elementary School and a cafeteria renovation at St. Stephens High School.

Funding for school projects and the debt associated with those projects comes from various sources in the school systems, such as federal stimulus dollars and lottery funding.

Crash sends 3 teens to hospital

January 17, 2011

A two-car collision between a SUV and a sedan Friday in Newton sent three teens to the hospital.

A 2004 Honda and a 2003 Hummer were traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard about 3 p.m. The Honda, driven by Kayla Michelle Newsome, 17, of Newton, was in the left northbound lane. The Hummer, driven by Claude A. McPherson, 47, of Newton, was in the right northbound lane. Both vehicles were traveling 45 mph, which is the posted speed limit on Northwest Boulevard.

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