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October 21st, 2010
Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."
Newton leaders say proposed rules for new residential subdivisions will hurt the city's efforts to recruit developers.
"If we continue to restrict our subdivision regulations, we will continue to eliminate development in this town," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "In the last four years, I don't think anyone can say I have not been an advocate for developers. We have, at times, gone above and beyond to assist folks who come in and want to make housing. I do not see anything constructive about anything in these recommendations that will assist us in bringing housing to our area."
Police are searching an area landfill for a piece of evidence they say will shed light on the case of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.
Hickory Police Department, with the help of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, started searching the Foothills Environmental Landfill on Wednesday in the hope of locating evidence to establish a timeline in Zahra's case.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins declined to elaborate on what the piece of evidence is, but he said police are not looking for Zahra's body in the landfill.
A judge increased bond Wednesday for a woman police consider a person of interest in her stepdaughter's homicide investigation.
Judge Robert Mullinax Jr. increased Elisa Baker's bond for a felony obstruction of justice charge from $40,000 to $65,000, citing "particularly disturbing and unsettling allegations" against her.
Elisa Baker, 42, is the stepmother of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home. Police are searching for Zahra in a homicide investigation, but they say they have hope she is alive.
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Hickory Police and Caldwell County Sheriff's departments held a press conference Wednesday shortly after authorities announced an ongoing landfill search for clues in the Zahra Baker disappearance case.
HPD Police Chief Tom Adkins said searching the landfill could take up to five days, and while the police chief would only say investigators are searching for "a piece of evidence," he did confirm that they are not looking for Zahra's body. The landfill will be secured while the search is not active, Adkins said.
Elisa Baker's bond was increased $25,000 Wednesday.
Baker, the stepmother of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker, appeared in court Wednesday via closed-circuit television. Her court-appointed attorney Scott Reilly appealed Baker's bond of $40,000 on her obstruction of justice charge because he said it's too high. However, District Court Judge B.J. Mullinax increased Baker's bond on the charge to $65,000 because she is considered a flight risk.
Mullinax said her failure to appear charges and outstanding unserved warrants make Baker a flight risk.
Authorities continue search for Zahra Baker in Caldwell County landfill.
A team from Hickory Police Department, along with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents, Evidence Recovery Team members and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal Service, are searching for a piece of evidence in the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County.
The search team is being supported by the Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Hickory Fire Department.
Law enforcement will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.
The father of a missing girl said his daughter's kidnappers could be to blame for a fire that occurred in his backyard on the day she was reported missing.
Hickory Police Department released Tuesday a recording of the 9-1-1 tape when Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, reported her missing about 2 p.m. Oct. 9.
Adam Baker told the 9-1-1 operator that the fire was a possible distraction abductors used to take Zahra.
"I don't know if they set a fire in the yard to distract us, and they snuck in the door or ... I don't know," Adam Baker said in the 9-1-1 tape.
One car crash turned into two Tuesday after a faulty emergency brake caused a tow truck to roll backwards into a line of traffic.
A vehicle driving southbound on U.S. 321 Business about 3:30 p.m. attempted to make a left turn onto Prison Camp Road. The vehicle pulled out in front of another vehicle, which was heading northbound on U.S. 321 Business, said Lt. Randy Frye with the Maiden Fire Department.
The vehicles collided, causing heavy damage to the cars. The drivers of the vehicles were uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash, Frye said.