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January 18th, 2011

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.

January 14th

Test-review time

January 14, 2011

After a lengthy break from school, area high school students have at least one day to review and prepare for their end-of-course tests.
Students in Newton-Conover City Schools are scheduled to attend school Saturday with an early release time, and Monday and Tuesday are regular instruction days. David Stegall, NCCS associate superintendent, said those days will be used to review and prepare for students' EOC exams, which start Wednesday.

Picky thieves target Conover cars

January 14, 2011

A two-week larceny string in Conover continues as thieves snatch valuables from unlocked vehicles.
The larcenies started in early January and occurred mostly in the southeast and northeast quadrants of the city.
The latest incident reports from Conover reveal the larcenies continued through Thursday, when at least six reports were filed. Brewer thinks the same people are responsible for all larcenies.
"We've had some past experience with these people," Brewer said.
The first string of larcenies was reported Jan. 3, and a second string happened Jan. 14-16.

Crash flips car

January 14, 2011

Several people were injured Friday after a crash on Northwest Boulevard in Newton left one vehicle flipped upside-down.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. in front of the old Harris Teeter building.
Newton Police officers confirmed more than one person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital, but victims' names weren't released on the scene.
One car involved in the crash, a Honda Civic, was flipped on its front windshield, scattering glass yards away from the point of impact.

January 13th

Snow causes calendar dilemma

January 13, 2011

Area students enjoyed an extended break from school this week because of icy conditions in the county.
For some students, that break keeps growing.
Catawba County Schools and Hickory City Schools canceled classes for Friday.
CCS staff have an optional teacher workday, and staff members are asked to use discretion when arriving at school Friday. HCS staff have an optional teacher workday Friday on a two-hour delay.
School officials are now faced with the task of scheduling those makeup days into an already packed school calendar.

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