April 29th, 2011
NEWTON (AP) â€” The father of a North Carolina girl killed last year is no longer facing worthless check charges in Catawba County.
The charges against Adam Baker were dismissed Friday in Superior Court in Newton. Baker's lawyer, Mark Killian, says the Australian native has made restitution in the case.
Baker was accused of writing bad checks for around $240 to local grocery stores.
He still faces other charges, including felony identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense.
With two runners on base against them, one out and leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Fred T. Foard softball team huddled.
â€śWe just wanted to get re-composed,â€ť said Foard coach Jennifer Cook. â€śWe had let Draughn make a run in the same spot of the order earlier in the game. We helped them into scoring position with uncharacteristic errors. I just kind of reminded of what we needed to do. We needed to take care of the girl at the plate without allowing a score and take care of the next two batters.â€ť
The Lady Tigers (14-3) did just that and more.
The 20-year-old driver in Tuesday's fatal accident is still in critical condition.
A N.C. Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Good was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his car, flipped and hit a tree on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford. Also in the car with Good was passenger 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford, and back-seat passenger Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver.
Joe Carroll Carter, 78, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, March 26, 2011, at his residence. The Carter family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Margaret Frye Fisher, 91, of the Lutheran Home East in Hickory, formerly of Newton, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. The Fisher family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Conover City Council considered an area prospect as a cafĂ© owner in Conover Station during a recent meeting.
City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. gave a brief presentation to council members at a Monday meeting highlighting a 10-foot-by-10-foot area on the third floor of Conover Station, which officials hope will hold a cafĂ©.
Duncan said several months ago, the city planning department was approached by a Hickory woman and her husband about opening a coffee shop in Conover. The couple was not identified at the meeting because consideration is not finalized.
Jeremy Lee Truitt's dream car was a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.
"He loved cars," said Randy Bowman, owner of Heritage Storage/Motors.
"That was just his dream car."
Recalling Truitt's dream car is one of many memories flowing through the minds of Bowman and his wife Pat on Thursday.
Truitt's boss said he was well-liked and a hard-working employee.
"You couldn't ask for a better kid," said Brian McRee, owner of Brookford Cafe and Catering.
Many mourned, including the Bowmans, who feel like they lost a son.
Celebrating diversity and unity is nothing new for Newton, but as the city began planning this year's Unity Day it decided the annual event needed a little something extra.
"We are trying to do something a little different," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who is chair of the Newton Human Relations Council, which organizes Unity Day. "We wanted to try to shake it up and make it a more festive atmosphere."
This year's Unity Day event is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Southside Park, and it promises musical entertainment, food and fun.
The event is free to the public.
After 11 years in New York City, noted pianist, musical director and musician John Coffey returns to Catawba County.
Coffey spent 22 years in Catawba County before he moved to New York, but he returned often enough to stay connected to his friends and the arts.
While in New York, he met many professional musicians, which is one reason he moved to the Big Apple.
“I went to New York to work with as many professional musicians as I could, and I did,” Coffey said.
A new non-profit organization aims to turn one of Hickory’s downtown business spaces into one of its most peaceful places.
The Minetta Lane Center for Arts and Peace is currently renovating and rehabilitating the former Hickory News building on Union Square. When complete, the facility will become a gallery space, a performance place and an area where adults and children can learn.
Despite falling behind 1-0 against Hickory, the Bunker Hill baseball team â€śShookâ€ť it off, literally.
The Bears (23-0) came back with an offensive onslaught, led by catcher Tyler Shook, to capture their second straight Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic on Wednesday.
Shook had a four-RBI performance, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jacob Shepherd added two RBIs in the victory.