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October 25th, 2011

Death penalty sought

October 25, 2011

The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.

A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.

Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.

Bands march into Newton

October 25, 2011

Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.

Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.

The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.

Grand champions

October 25, 2011

Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.

As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.

"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 25, 2011

Kenneth John Kuhar, 41, of Newton, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.  The Kuhar family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Pauline “Polly” Y. Cloninger, 93, of Claremont, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Cloninger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Strength restored

October 25, 2011

Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.

The church’s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuary’s brick-and-mortar frame.

“Columns were falling down and there wasn’t any concrete left in the walls,” said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.

“It didn’t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.”

The church demanded a fix — and fast — before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.

October 24th

Dixon, Sevilla score two each in Hickory win

October 24, 2011

A tough stretch of soccer games for St. Stephens got even harder on Monday, when the Indians hosted second-ranked Hickory.

The Red Tornadoes (18-1-2, 11-0-0) scored five goals, including three in the second half, maintaining their unbeaten mark in conference play with a 5-0 win over St. Stephens.

It was the third straight game that the Indians (7-5-2, 5-4-2) were shut out, following a 0-0 tie against Hibriten and a 2-0 loss to Foard last Wednesday.

"We are in a little bit of a slump right now,” said Indians coach Chris Nelson. “Hopefully, we can get it together.”

Indians Matt Williams impressive in first season

October 24, 2011

Ten games into his career as quarterback for the St. Stephens Indians varsity football program, Matt Williams is already making huge strides.

The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman is coming into his own after starting the season sharing the snaps for the Indians (3-7, 1-4).

“We knew coming into this season that he was going to be a solid quarterback for us,” said Indians coach Fred Whalen. “He worked out with us at the kids camp over the summer. When he worked with us, we saw the potential he had there.”

Conover thanks helpers, gets gift

October 24, 2011

A Conover resident’s thoughtful donation adds more history to the city’s newest building.

Dwight Rockett, a Conover fireman and native, permanently loaned two antique vehicles earlier this year to the city’s Multimodal Complex.

The century-old U.S. Postal Service buggy and railway freight cart will be housed on the third floor of the complex that opened Monday.

City officials say the antiques add another historic aspect to the 100-year-old revitalized building that housed manufacturers throughout the 20th century.

What’s next for Conover Station?

October 24, 2011

After nearly six years of planning, grant writing, funding and construction, Conover Station’s first building is complete and open to the public.

Conover dedicated its Multimodal Center on Monday, officially opening a complex that will house community space, Greenway Transit Authority offices, the Conover Library and a future public train depot stop.

It is the first completed building of the city’s economic revitalization project called Conover Station — a development that officials say has a lot more room to grow.

Baker continues to claim innocence

October 24, 2011

Elisa Baker maintains she's innocent.

Baker — who pleaded guilty last month to killing 10-year-old Zahra Baker — insisted in a recent jail interview with The Charlotte Observer that she did not kill Zahra and was an unwilling participant in covering up the girl's death.

The Observer reported Sunday that 43-year-old Elisa Baker portrayed herself as a loving stepmother who was only following her lawyer's advice in pleading guilty.

"I pled guilty, but I'm not guilty," she told reporters in a 30-minute interview at the Mecklenburg County jail. Zahra was "the light of my eyes."

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