July 14th, 2011
Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.
Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.
Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the projectâ€™s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.
Elisa Bakerâ€™s chains and shackles rattled as she shuffled into Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.
The woman, accused of the 2010 murder of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter, did not speak as her judge, defense attorney and state prosecution discussed an arraignment and possible change of venue for her case.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid set Bakerâ€™s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.
City investments in Newton's swimming pool are up and revenue is down, but plans for the future aims to help keep the facility â€” and pool goers â€” afloat during the rest of the summer.
After Newton invested $42,600 to prepare the city's swimming pool for the summer season, the facility brought about $5,000 to city coffers during the 16 days it was open in June.
"This is a good service amenity that the city offers," Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax said of the swimming pool.
Barbara Whitener Cushing, 56, of Mooresville, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel, Mooresville, with Elder James Simms officiating.
The final four spots were filled for Fridayâ€™s Junior Legion state tournament at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
Qualifying for the tournament are Rowan County, Kernersville, Leland and Newport.
Rowan County will be the No. 1 team from Area III. Newport is the No. 2 team in Area III.
Leland and Kernersville are representing Area II. Leland will be the No. 1 seed in Area II and Kernersville is the No. 2 seed in Area II.
The Carolina Glove Flames, the host team for the tournament, will play Leland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The fourth game between Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 was postponed on Wednesday due to field conditions.
The two teams will play game four on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Roy Waters, commissioner for the Legion State, said that if rain caused the final two games to be delayed any further, rules state that the series would go back to a best two-out-of-three format.
Because they have won two-out-of-three games, Hickory (18-9) would advance to championship round against either Queen City (22-7) or Cherryville (23-6). Cherryville currently leads that series, 2-1.
Michael William Thomson, 47, of Maiden, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Valdese General Hospital in Valdese. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Maiden Wesleyan Church in Maiden with the Rev. Bob Scott officiating.
Donald “Donnie” Lee Roseman Jr., 39, of Conover, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A private family viewing will be Friday at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Conover received a $333,000 grant to create a park at Conover Station, which will add 48 percent to the city's park tally.
Conover Planning Director Lance Hight announced the city's receipt of a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant for $333,744 at a recent council meeting. This grant requires a 50/50 match with the city.
However, Hight said the city can leverage the PARTF grant with the Cleanwater Management Trust Fund grant for $415,719, which the city received earlier this year. The cleanwater grant provides most of the total matching fund payment.
The Warlong building at Conover Station is about four weeks behind schedule, but city officials say the setbacks are in part because of construction problems to the old building.
"The big thing is the complexity of the building," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "You have to open it up and discover how it was built."
The Warlong building was scheduled to be finished July 1, but the new completion date is Aug. 12.
Newton-Conover High School leaders want to prohibit parking on a street near school grounds because they believe students are going to the area to engage in sexual activity and deal drugs.