November 9th, 2011
Newton elects its first female mayor, while voters elsewhere â€“ those who showed up at the polls â€“ elected new and familiar faces. Complete details of Tuesday nightâ€™s election are available in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
In-depth stories complete with reactions from the newly elected and the defeated are ONLY available online, www.observernewsonline.com
The Wednesday morning read features more than election wrap-up news.
A new face will join the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education.
Jeanne Jarrett won a school board seat in Tuesday's election.
Jarrett, an assistant finance director for Catawba County, received the most votes in the board's Conover district with 522.
Scott Loudermelt, the current board chairman, received 484 votes. They will be joined on the board by incumbent Jim Stockner, who ran unopposed in the Newton district and tallied 616 votes. Mark Murphy, who was unseated by Jarrett, received 297 votes.
Trailing by nine points at the midway point of the second half, the Catawba Valley Community College basketball team kicked it into another gear.
The Bucs scored 48 points in the second half, most of which came late in the game, leading CVCC to a 78-76 come-from-behind victory at home against Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCCTI).
CVCC coach Bryan Garmroth said the change started when his team trailed 35-30 at the half.
Conover voters chose experience Tuesday, electing two incumbents and a former elected official to serve on the city council.
Those winners say they're ready to put that experience to work for the betterment of Conover.
Incumbent Don Beal led all vote-getters with 591 votes. Incumbent Kyle Hayman followed with 584. Bruce Eckard received the third-most votes with 458.
"I appreciate the trust (voters) have put in us and it's not something we take lightly," Beal said. "We will build a solid team and accelerate growth with this team."
Only 8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during the 2011 Catawba County municipal and school board elections.
At precinct 28, only four people voted. At precinct 35, six people cast ballots.
Of 47,419 registered voters, 3,865 voted in municipal and school board races.
â€śIâ€™ve never seen numbers that low since Iâ€™ve been here,â€ť said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director for the past 14 years. â€śNumbers are going to be a little less than normal.â€ť
The highest precinct had about 313 voters, Brewer said.
Newton citizens elected a new mayor Tuesday and for the first time a female will hold the city's top elected office.
"I don't think being a female makes any difference ... I am ready to lead the city," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman, who succeeds Mayor Robert A. Mullinax. "I have the experience, and I do think it takes that to run a city. I think that my passion for Newton shows."
Among her first goals as mayor is continuing to apply that passion toward Newton's central business district.
Newton City Council incumbents Tom Rowe, Mary Bess Lawing and Wayne Dellinger won re-election to the board Tuesday, all receiving more votes than challenger Mae Lutz McLean.
Vote tallies included 714 for Rowe, 645 for Lawing, 628 for Dellinger and 292 for McLean.
Conover City Council incumbents Don Beal and Kyle Hayman gained the most votes and will retain their seats. Bruce Eckard, a former Conover mayor and councilman, will join Beal and Hayman on the board. Eckard takes a seat now held by Corpening, who withdrew from the race in October.
John Franklin Blanton, 76, of Lincolnton, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Levine Dixon Hospice.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Blanton Family.
Before Elisa Baker pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker in September in Catawba County, she wanted her trial moved elsewhere.
Her judge â€” citing â€śpervasiveâ€ť and â€śprejudicialâ€ť media coverage in the area â€” approved the request, and arrangements were made for several trial dates and locations that never happened.
Now, Zahraâ€™s father wants his case moved for the same reasons.
Adam Baker faces Catawba County charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both counts are felonies, but are unrelated to Zahra Bakerâ€™s murder.
The Maiden community lost a former coach this week who helped begin a winning high school football tradition.
William "Bill" Barefoot â€” who coached at Maiden High from 1955-59 and again from 1962-65 â€” died Monday night in Columbia, S.C.
"If George Washington is the founding father of our country, Bill Barefoot is the father of football at Maiden," said Barefoot's former player and co-captain Charles Abernethy.
Struggling out of the gate in Barefoot's first season in 1955, the Blue Devils finished 2-4, but Barefoot continued to build a young program.