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December 7th

Justice Center expansion advances

December 7, 2010

The county is another step closer to having a new and improved Justice Center in Newton.

County commissioners approved design plans Monday for the structure and allowed planners to proceed with the project's schematic design.

Commissioners decided to move forward with four design concepts for the Justice Center, including combining two projects into one, choosing a two-wing building design instead of a front expansion, adding shelled space for future expansion and a parking deck and submitting a master plan of the project to the city of Newton.

Law bans most license plate frames

December 7, 2010

North Carolina drivers' college-themed or other decorative license plate frames could cost them $100 in fines.

A North Carolina law banning license plate frames took effect a year ago, but starting Dec. 1, violators can be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor for obstructing their license plate.

December 6th

Guilty plea gets life sentences

December 6, 2010

A Charlotte man pleaded guilty to murdering a Conover couple.
Frederick Sylvester Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jerry Bullin, 72, and his wife, Joanne, 70, on Monday. He was sentenced to two life sentences for the murders.
Earlier this year, Hedgepeth was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon involving the couple's deaths.
According to officials, the Bullins drove from their Conover home to Salisbury on June 2 to show Hedgepeth a 2009 Honda Accord that he wanted to purchase from the couple.

Reid starts as sheriff

December 6, 2010

Catawba County's new sheriff took his oath of office Monday, surrounded by family, friends and members of the law enforcement community.
Coy Reid officially became sheriff Monday at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, as former Sheriff David Huffman watched from the audience.
"It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time now," Reid said of his bid for sheriff. "It's a goal that I had, and I accomplished it. Now I just want to accomplish it the right way and do the right thing for the people."

Elected officials sworn in

December 6, 2010

Several elected officials took oaths of office Monday as they officially embarked on their new leadership roles.
Elected county commissioners and a soil and water conservation district supervisor were sworn into office at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

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CCS education board adjusts

December 6, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education made joyous, yet sad, announcements Monday as it welcomed new board members, but released two members.
After 18 years on the Board of Education, member Betty Blackburn resigned.
"I am saying 'bye' to a very good friend," said CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger. "(Blackburn) has spent her life in public education and has served this system very well — first as a teacher and the last 18 years of service on the board of education."

County given clean financial health

December 6, 2010

More than $1 million in budgetary cuts this year gave Catawba County a clean bill of financial health during tough economic times, according to the county's annual financial report.
Certified public accountants Martin Starnes & Associates conducted the annual audit of the county's 2009-10 financial position and presented the findings Monday to the Board of Commissioners at its scheduled meeting.
The audit considers the county's overall financial health, as well as its use of federal and state dollars.

24 applications received in leader search

December 6, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education is moving ahead at a fast rate to find the school system's new superintendent.
During Monday's board meeting, after board members Sherry Butler, Charlie Wyant, David Brittain and Glenn Fulbright were sworn in, it was down to business as Allison Schafer, of the North Carolina School Board Association, presented board members with information regarding the superintendent search.
After the November application deadline, Schafer said 24 applications were received for the superintendent position.

Zahra's mother details trip to Hickory

December 6, 2010

HICKORY — The mother of a 10-year-old Australian girl who authorities believe was killed in North Carolina says dealing with her daughter's death has been painful.

But Emily Dietrich wrote that she believes her daughter, Zahra Baker, is at peace.

"My search for Zahra was finally over," she wrote in a diary of the trip that she gave News 7 Australia, the TV network that accompanied her to Hickory. "I may not be able to ever hug her, or give her a kiss, but I can always tell her I love her and that I am proud of her."

December 3rd

Sources say deal's been cut in Baker case

December 3, 2010

The only person charged in connection with the disappearance, death and dismemberment of Zahra Baker might not face the death penalty or life in prison.
The O-N-E has learned that as part of an agreement with District Attorney Jay Gaither, Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, won't face first-degree murder charges. Without a first-degree murder conviction, Baker would avoid the death penalty, as well as life in prison.

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