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October 10th, 2011

2007 murder case trial date set

October 10, 2011

A four-year-old Catawba County murder case will go to trial in January, court officials decided Monday.

John Lee Mitchell, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Bunker Hill graduate Travis Baker more than four years ago, will face trial the week of Jan. 16, 2012, Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts said.

Mitchell has been in jail since police arrested him in June 2009, days after investigators discovered Baker’s remains on a 100-acre property near Catawba.

October 7th

Red Devils prevail with big second half

October 8, 2011

A rough couple of weeks for Newton-Conover ended Friday with a victory, while Bunker Hill’s slide continued.

Despite trailing 17-7, the Red Devils (4-4, 1-3) rallied behind quarterback Kevin Cline and running back Thomas Corpening. The duo scored three second-half touchdowns between them on the way to a 35-25 comeback victory on homecoming at Gurley Stadium.

Big second half lifts Maiden over Bandys

October 8, 2011

Trailing Bandys 14-10 at halftime, Maiden wasted no time taking control of the game in the second half.

“We were getting the ball in the second half, and we just had to make some plays,” said Maiden coach Brian Brown.

Maiden’s Will Jenkins was the first Blue Devil to answer his coach’s challenge to “make some plays.” He returned the second half kick-off 53 yards. Four plays later, Jenkins raced 36 yards into the end zone to score his second touchdown of the night and give the Blue Devils the lead for good.

Williams, Sweet lead Indians to third win

October 8, 2011

St. Stephens used a 56-yard touchdown run by Matt Williams and a momentum swing going into half-time to collect a 56-36 win over North Buncombe on Friday.

The win marks the Indians’ third in as many weeks and sets up St. Stephens (3-5, 1-2) to take on 3a rival Fred T. Foard next week.
Trailing 20-14 in the second quarter, Williams touchdown run lifted the Indians to a 21-20 lead to end the opening half.

After Jon Sweet gave St. Stephens a 28-20 lead, the Indians put together back-to-back scoring drives that both ended with Williams crossing the goal line.

Cooking, electrical safety focus of Fire Prevention Week

October 7, 2011

You’re cooking noodles on the stovetop, and the water is about to boil.

The TV is on, the laundry is going and your Facebook is updating non-stop. The dog scratches at the door, the phone rings three times and your kids are playing outside.

You walk away from the stove for five minutes.

The next thing you know, the kitchen is ablaze. The fire spreads quickly to the living room and then engulfs the staircase. Pretty soon, an active fire is shooting through the roof.

Big splash?

October 7, 2011

After Newton invested $127,850 in its municipal pool, the facility garnered $7,331 in revenue during summer 2011.

"I don't think it is as much about the money as it is about providing a service for the citizens of Newton," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman.

Super safety

October 7, 2011

Before the sun topped the trees Friday morning, Barry Redmond directed traffic in front of Newton-Conover High School.

Redmond is superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools.

"Bottom line, it's a safety concern out here," he said. "This is my volunteer thing. I really do it because I don't want my staff to be out here. It's a bit dangerous."

Jobs cut in Newton, Conover

October 7, 2011

A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.

Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.

"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."

Jobs cut in Newton, Conover

October 7, 2011

A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.

Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.

"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."

Seeking swimmers

October 7, 2011

After getting a late start, Newton Recreation leaders say they worked hard to attract swimmers to the city's pool.

Those efforts produced modest results.

During summer 2011, the pool posted an average daily attendance of 32 swimmers from the general public, while 10 day camps frequented the facility during the three months it was open.

In June, attendance totaled 631, a number that includes repeat visitors. In June 2009 — the last summer the pool was open — that attendance number was 1,826.

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