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November 17th, 2010

City crafting plans for 'Southwest Area'

November 18, 2010

Since 2002, Newton has crafted and adopted three land development plans for various portions of the city, and a plan for the city's core area was introduced Tuesday.
Now, Newton planners are turning their attention to the Startown area, where a public drop-in workshop will kick-off efforts to create a plan that will shape development in that area during the next 10 to 15 years.
A drop-in workshop for the "Southwest Area Plan" will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ganntt Community Room in the basement of Newton City Hall.

Newton plans for heart of the city

November 18, 2010

As Newton leaders plan for the future of the city's "core area," there is not a lot of open space that has not yet been developed.
That makes the task of crafting and implementing a land development area plan for the "heart" of Newton all the more challenging — and important.
"This area has been under development since 1850, so there is not a lot of pristine area left," Newton Robert Mullinax said quoting from Newton Planning Commission's Core Area Plan. "So our job is to improve upon what is already there and maintain it."

DA: Defender appointment premature

November 17, 2010

No one has been charged in Zahra Baker's murder.
And because there are no murder charges, Zahra's caregivers shouldn't be appointed provisional counsel for a capital offense, according to the District Attorney's Office.
District Attorney Jay Gaither said the Capital Defender's Office filed a provisional counsel assignment Nov. 12 with the Catawba County Clerk of Court for representation of Elisa and Adam Baker, Zahra's stepmother and father. According to Gaither, this assignment incorrectly states that both Adam Baker and Elisa Baker are charged with murder.

Tepee treat for students

November 17, 2010

Many Concordia Christian Day School students have been camping, but most of them never went camping in a tepee.
Charlotte Story, whose two children attend Concordia Christian school, brought her father's tepee Wednesday to share with students at the school in Conover.
"My dad has a special place in his heart for Native Americans, and he's always had a special place in his heart," Story said. "He wants to share everything he knows about them."

1 dead in I-40 crash

November 17, 2010

A woman is dead Wednesday after her car crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 40.
The woman was traveling eastbound at the 138 mile marker at 4:51 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, struck a guardrail and flipped, said Sgt. T.M. Daniel, with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The woman, whose name wasn't released at the scene, wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. She was ejected from the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, which landed on the westbound side of I-40 several yards from where it struck the guardrail.

Adam Baker denies hurting Zahra

November 17, 2010

HICKORY (AP) — The father of a disabled girl who North Carolina police say was killed said he had nothing to do with her death and did not dismember the child.

"There's no way I would do that to my baby," Adam Baker told WBTV in a Tuesday interview. "There's no way in the world I would hurt my daughter."

Adam Baker said he avoided a public vigil Tuesday night on what would have been Zahra Baker's 11th birthday because he didn't want to take the focus off his child. He watched over the Internet along with his mother and lawyer.

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Zahra honored at candlelight vigil

November 17, 2010

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins learned a lot about Zahra Baker since the investigation into her disappeance started more than a month ago.
He spoke with several people who knew Zahra during her life, and each one told him the same thing: Zahra didn't want to be pitied.
"Nothing would slow her down," Adkins said. "She wanted no pity. She wanted to be like every other child."

County receives 30K for EcoComplex

November 17, 2010

Catawba County is one of two counties in the country chosen for a $30,000 grant from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Motorola.
The funding will be used at the county's EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility to provide broadband capacity for real-monitoring between the site and its partnered universities and businesses.
"There's a lot of research that's going on, and there's a lot of data being developed," said Lee Worsely, assistant county manager, on Monday at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting.

DA to fight bond reduction request

November 17, 2010

Elisa Baker's bond will not be reduced, if the District Attorney's Office has its way.
District Attorney Jay Gaither said Tuesday his office will fight Elisa Baker's request for a lower bond.
"As this point, we plan on arguing that the bond will not be reduced," Gaither said.
Elisa Baker filed a motion Monday to reduce her bond on a felony obstruction of justice charge.

N.C. woman creates website for Zahra

November 16, 2010

A North Carolina woman created a Facebook page to honor Zahra Baker in the hope that no child will suffer like Zahra did.
Kristie Austin Pope, 40, of Stokedale, started The Zahra Project on Facebook to achieve change within the Department of Social Services.
Pope and her husband watched the news coverage of Zahra's case, and the reports of abuse and neglect hit a nerve for Pope.
She watched people step into the media spotlight claiming they knew Zahra was being abused, but did nothing to stop the abuse.

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