September 6th, 2011
North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a â€śburdenâ€ť and complicate years of â€śgood planning.â€ť
During this yearâ€™s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.
A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.
The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.
Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his clientâ€™s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.
Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-oldÂ girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.
On Tuesday, Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his clientâ€™s case.
Joyce Ann Huffman Campbell, 58, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Services in Granite Falls is serving the family.
John Franklin Witherspoon, 73, of Denver, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Wexford Senior Living in Denver.
The memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Newton
Appalachian State found out the hard way that this isnâ€™t 2007 and that Lane Stadium isnâ€™t the Big House in Michigan.
Bidding for the upset victory, the Mountaineers (0-1) fell behind 38-0 to No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-0) in the first half and the Hokies never looked back, cruising to a 66-13 win in Blacksburg on Saturday.
â€śIt was just an awful afternoon,â€ť said ASU coach Jerry Moore. â€śFrom the first series, a fumble on the second snap of the game. On their first play, they score. It was just an avalanche from there. It snowballed and just got worse and worse.â€ť
The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.
"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."
Donâ€™t rain on my parade â€“ or fair.
â€¨Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this yearâ€™s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.
Nearly 10 years ago, Catawba County residents were glued to their TVs. From office buildings, schools and homes, they watched terrorists fly planes into the sides of two of the nationâ€™s most iconic buildings â€“ the twin World Trade Center towers â€“ on Sept. 11, 2001.
For many area residents, that was the extent of their connection with the 9/11 attacks, but a piece of steel that will arrive in Conover this week will help citizens better remember the historic day.
Eugene Proctor, 81, of Buffalo Shoals Road, Maiden passed away Sunday, Sept. 04, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Proctor Family.
Thurman Ray Abernethy, 89, of Hickory died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Abernethy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Hickory took advantage of Maiden turnovers to pick up its first win of the season.
After a tie against Statesville, and a 42-28 loss to Newton-Conover, Hickory evened its record at 1-1-1 with a 47-20 win at Maiden. The Blue Devils fall to 1-2.
Although the statistics were comparable, Maiden turnovers sent the Blue Devils to defeat.
Maiden rushed for 317 yards, and passed for 68 yards, while Hickory gained 267 yards on the ground and passed for another 155 yards.