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September 13th, 2011

Hospital reorganizes physician practices

September 14, 2011

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) is making some big changes and they now have the county’s support.

Catawba County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday authorizing the creation of Catawba Valley Medical Group Inc., a new non-profit corporation that will organize CVMC’s primary care and cardiology practices under a new, separate entity.

CVMC officials say the hospital’s physician practices can serve the community better and save more money as a separate entity.

Kicking for Christ

September 14, 2011

A longtime Newton dojo is kicking its way into a new facility.


Newton Martial Arts, which is celebrating its 20th year in Newton in 2011, is planning to open a new facility in one of the Alman Furniture Co. buildings near downtown Newton. NMA’s current facility at 23 E. A St. will remain open, but Soke Paul Langford said the addition will provide some much-needed breathing space for the group.

Plea deal in the works?

September 14, 2011

There’s been another postponement of a pre-trial hearing for Elisa Baker amid widespread speculation that a plea bargain is in the works.

The 43-year-old charged with the second-degree murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker was slated to appear in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday to learn where her trial will be held after Judge Timothy Kincaid ruled that a change of venue would be in order. However, Kincaid pushed back the hearing after the prosecution and defense said they needed to discuss undisclosed “issues” in the case. 

Maiden man charged with sexual battery

September 14, 2011

A Maiden man has been charged with sexual battery in connection to an incident that occurred Thursday.

Floyd Benson Hicks, 61, of 4687 South Oliver’s Crossroads, Maiden, turned himself in at the Lincolnton Police Department late Monday night on a warrant issued by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

The 15-year-old victim, whose name was not released, said she agreed to ride with the suspect on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and they went to the Rock Springs Campground in Denver.

No vote on dress code

September 14, 2011

Three members of the public shared their concerns about Newton-Conover City Schools’ proposed standard code of dress policy Monday night.

Then four members of the school board addressed some of those concerns and voiced their own. Board members had enough concerns that the dress code policy was not voted on.

Board member Kyle Drum made a motion to approve the policy, but no one made a second.

“So there will be no standard code of dress at the elementary schools,” said Scott Loudermelt, the board chairman. “At least not for now.”

Blue Devils hold off late surge by Bears

September 13, 2011

After going up 2-0 in its conference opener Monday, the Maiden soccer team held off a late charge by Bunker Hill to win on the road, 3-2.

“When we can come on the road and get a win, it is always good for us,” said Maiden coach Dennis Ly. “I told my team if we scored early, we’d put them on their heels. We hung on. We played tough in the second half.”

September 12th

Baker hearing postponed

September 13, 2011

A hearing to determine the venue for Elisa Baker’s second-degree murder trial was postponed Monday so attorneys in the case can resolve “issues that have surfaced.”

Neither the state nor Elisa’s defense attorney will disclose what the “issues” are, but both sides agree the situation can be resolved on Wednesday morning.

The court was supposed to decide on Monday where Elisa’s trial will be held, but the hearing was postponed after both sides said they needed to further discuss undisclosed “issues” in the case.

Drunken feud leads to stabbing

September 13, 2011

A Claremont woman is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the chest by her partner.

Police say a group of friends was playing cards and drinking alcohol on Friday when an argument between Cheryl Flowers and Loretta Gibbs began.

The argument escalated, and Gibbs stabbed Flowers in the chest with a knife, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Flowers was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with serious injuries on Friday, but Reid said Monday that she is in stable condition.

Toilets, cabinets stolen from home

September 13, 2011

Owners of a vacant house found the structure flushed of its bathroom and kitchen amenities on Sunday after thieves stole toilets and cabinets.

Newton police say suspects stole toilets, a heat pump and kitchen and bathroom cabinets from the house at 1205 Old Conover-Startown recently.

“This is not the common (breaking and entering) that we have,” said Newton Police Major Kevin Yarborough, adding that the incident was a unique situation because of the items stolen.

New editor joins staff of The O-N-E

September 13, 2011

Matthew Tessnear joined The Observer News Enterprise as managing editor, Catawba County;s community newspaper announced Monday,

"We are excited to announce this new addition to our staff," said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard. "Matthew has a solid background in journalism, and I am confident that he will help The O-N-E continue to report news that is important to the readers of our newspapers and our online publication."

Tessnear, 26, is a native of Alexis in Gaston County. He studied journalism at Gardner-Webb University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2007.

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