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November 19th, 2010

Adam Baker appears in court

November 19, 2010

"Child murderer."
It was the accusation Adam Baker heard several times from bystanders Friday as he left the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton.
Baker appeared in District Court on worthless check charges, which are unrelated to the murder of his daughter, Zahra Baker.
But that didn't stop several bystanders from shouting accusations of murder and wrongdoing at Baker and his mother, Karen Baker, who attended the courtroom session with her son.
Adam reported Zahra missing Oct. 9, starting his phone call with the 9-1-1 operator by saying, "Hey, how are you doing?"

November 18th

Couple robbed of transplant money

November 18, 2010

Patty Arnold will probably never use the handbag she carried with her Nov. 6.
That was the day she was robbed of more than $1,100 -- money to be used for her husband's double lung transplant.
"I've always been so trusting," Patty, 71, said. "I always thought that it would happen to someone else; it wouldn't happen to me."
But she was wrong. Patty gave a stranger in Hickory a ride in her vehicle Nov. 6, and the stranger jumped out of the car, taking Patty's money with her.

Farmers in training

November 18, 2010

Students at Catawba Elementary School love eating bacon and ham. Until Thursday, however, many of those students didn't know where that meat comes from.
First-graders from Catawba Elementary traveled Thursday to Red Wolf Farm in Maiden, where they learned how food, including pork, corn and goat milk, is made.
The 45-acre Red Wolf Farm on Water Plant Road in Maiden is operated by Josh Grant and his wife, Amanda Cline-Grant. The couple makes it their mission to teach the benefits of the local food movement to the community and beyond.

I-40 crash victim identified

November 18, 2010

Highway Patrol continues to investigate the single-car crash Wednesday on Interstate 40 that killed a Catawba woman.
Tabitha Spurlin, 27, died at the 138 mile marker near the Oxford School Road exit in Claremont.
"It appears that she was about to exit and made a sudden lane change and lost control of the vehicle," said Trooper C.D. Cline, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Cline said he spoke with several motorists who witnessed the crash about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The drivers told Cline traffic appeared to be traveling the speed limit, so speed didn't contribute to the crash.

Christmas spirit in full swing

November 18, 2010

The Christmas season traditionally starts after Thanksgiving, but for the Catawba County Christmas Bureau, the holiday season is here.
The bureau kicked off its annual project to ensure as many families as possible have holidays filled with joy, gifts and laughter.
"It is this time at Christmas that we know means a lot to children, especially low-income children," said Jennie Connor, Christmas Bureau chairwoman. "Children want to know that they're just like every other child."

November 17th

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.

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