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June 23rd, 2011
Students at Newton-Conover High school will notice a new face roaming the halls of their school next year â€” only this one will walk on four legs.
Newton City Council recently approved a budget that included funding for an additional K-9 police officer to be handled by a new school resource officer Jeff Longstreet.
The K-9 will be with Longstreet every day, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
â€śItâ€™s not a great need at the schools, but I thought it would be a good tool there,â€ť Brown said.
Access to one of Catawba Countyâ€™s most historic structures is temporarily closed after strong storms and winds toppled over trees in the area.
Strong winds blew about five trees across the trail Wednesday that provides walking access to the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, forcing county officials to close the famous landmark temporarily.
â€śThe trail is closed for a period of time until we can get the trees cut and cleared,â€ť said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association. â€śThe bridge was spared. The bridge is fine, and we are very grateful for that.â€ť
League of Women Voters (LWV) spoke with members of the community Tuesday about the economy and its affect on children and families.
Topics included how the economic and political situations have affected their areas, groups and organizations; and ways the community can support these agencies.
The lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case is on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with a DWI on Tuesday.
Catawba County's assistant district attorney Eric Robert Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach at about midnight Monday when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle, according to Sunset Beach Police reports and reliable O-N-E sources.
Despite an arson incident report, the fire that destroyed the Pier 150 restaurant in Sherrills Ford on Saturday is still being investigated, county fire officials said Wednesday.
A Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report dated June 18 listed the Pier 150 seafood restaurant as the victim of arson, but Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said that is not the case.
"The sheriff's department is not investigating that fire â€” we are," Pettit said. "Arson has not been named in the case."
Newton residents will soon have the option to pay their utility bills electronically, but they will pay a $3.60 fee to do so.
Despite apprehensive comments from a concerned Newton citizen, the Newton City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to provide an electronic payment service to its city customers through NCO Financial Services next year. The one-year contract with NCO will allow customers to pay their monthly utility bills on the Internet or on the phone with debit cards, credit cards or electronic checks. For their service, NCO charges a $3.60 flat fee per transaction.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas is on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with a DWI.
According to a statement released by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday, Bellas was placed on administrative leave at noon Tuesday and "relieved from his prosecutorial duties as assistant district attorney."
Bellas is listed as the lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case.
Check back with The O-N-E as this story develops.
Catawba County's assistant district attorney arrested and charged with a DWI at Sunset Beach was given a custody release.
The custody release order was dated for Tuesday and showed Eric Bellas' single driving while impaired charge. However, the written promise to appear or custody release portion at the bottom of the form is not signed by Bellas or the person who signed to have Bellas put into his or her custody.
Catawba County's assistant district attorney was arrested and charged with a DWI Tuesday.
Eric Bellas was arrested at about 2 a.m. by Sunset Beach Police and taken to Brunswick County jail. From Bellas' mug shot, he appears to have many facial injuries, which, according to reliable sources, was a result of a bicycle accident.
Maiden residents will see a one cent tax break during the next fiscal year that will save town members nearly $80,000.
The new tax rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation will be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Maidenâ€™s town council unanimously approved its new tax rate and $13,014,565 budget Monday night with no comments from the public. Â
â€śThis is roughly the same budget from last year, but there is a one cent tax decrease,â€ť Herms said.