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October 26th, 2010

Halloween decorations a scream

October 26, 2010

It's scary how much candy Mary Connor gives to trick-or-treaters every Halloween.
Last year, about 500 people stopped by her home on West D Street in Newton to get their hands on one of Connor's famous candy bags.
"I make good, fat bags," Connor said with a laugh. "The kids love them."
Connor bought 125 bags of candy to prepare for this year's treat bags, and she won't stop at that.
Her bedroom is filled in anticipation of Halloween with piles of candy, from lollipops and candy bars to chewy candy and chocolate.

October 25th

Chefs cook for March of Dimes

October 25, 2010

Good deeds never tasted so good.
Many of the Foothills' leading chefs will gather Nov. 4 to cook up gourmet food for a good cause. The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover at 6 p.m. to promote the health of babies.
Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director, said proceeds from the event will be used "globally and locally" for research and education to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Donation gives Bandys laptops

October 25, 2010

Anonymous donors gifted an area high school with a technology boost.
Bandys High School received 30 laptop computers, valued at more than $35,000, from anonymous benefactors.
"They asked us to come up with a wish list," said Bandys High School Principal Todd Black. "I thought, 'Wow, I'm almost ashamed to ask for something (that costs) that much.'"
Black said he knew Bandys High was in need of a technology upgrade, so he told the anonymous donors a new classroom set of laptop computers was at the top of the school's wish list.

Adam Baker arrested Monday

October 25, 2010

The father of a missing girl presumed dead was arrested Monday morning on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance.
Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, was arrested Monday about 3 a.m. at the Hickory Police Department. Libby Grigg, Hickory Police spokeswoman, said Adam Baker voluntarily submitted for an interview at the police department and was subsequently arrested.
Prior to his arrest, Baker picked up a family member at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a press release.

October 24th

ArtFest chalks the town

October 24, 2010

Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.

October 22nd

Desired evidence not found

October 22, 2010

The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.

October 21st

Newton water tank gets new life

October 21, 2010

Newton will spend $307,000 to keep intact a long-time part of the city's skyline and create a new opportunity for revenue in the process
Even though the plan, technically, doesn't hold any water.

GPS used in landfill search

October 21, 2010

Investigators in the Zahra Baker case are using GPS devices to pinpoint an exact location in an area landfill where a key piece of evidence might be located.
Crews continued a search Thursday of the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County for the piece of evidence, which police will not identify.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday during a press conference that the piece of evidence, if found, will provide a "good, solid timeline" in Zahra's case.
Crews, however, aren't searching for Zahra's body in the landfill, Adkins said.

Maiden woman dies in Florida crash

October 21, 2010

A Maiden woman died in a three-car collision Wednesday in Florida while she screamed for help along a roadway.
Tammy Chester, 39, and her husband, Jeremy Chester, 28, both of Maiden, stopped their vehicle Wednesday about 8 p.m. on State Road 528 in the outside, eastbound lane in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jeremy Chester was driving the couple's 1993 Toyota, and Tammy Chester was sitting in the passenger seat when the vehicle stopped on the road.

Grants help inventive farmers

October 21, 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."

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