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July 12th, 2011

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July 12, 2011

Sabrina Mercedes Pavon, 10, of Maiden, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at her home.  Burial will follow at Startown/Jenkins Cemetery in Newton.

Janet Marie Mosher Munson, 73, of Sherrills Ford, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Burke County Hospice.  The family will receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Adam’s hearing continued

July 12, 2011

A hearing for Adam Baker about charges unrelated to the Zahra Baker case was continued Tuesday until Sept. 6.

Adam’s attorney, Mark Killian, would not comment as to why the case was continued, but said Adam wants to remain in the area to see that justice is provided in Zahra’s case.

“I think he wants to stay here and see it finished,” Killian said, adding that he does not think Adam will leave the country even if his charges were dropped.

Killian said Adam has been seeking support from family members and friends to cope with the ordeal of losing his daughter.

Town business leads to grammar talks

July 12, 2011

Grammar was a hot topic for the Catawba Town Council on Monday as the board discussed the grammatical correctness on a historical marker they want to display by the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12.

The sign will read, “Depot built here at siding on Western North Carolina Railroad, 1859; village organized as Catawba Station, 1872; market center for locally produced tobacco and flour; incorporated as Town of Catawba in 1893; base for building nearby Lookout Shoals Dam in 1914.”

The short statements and incomplete sentences made some council members uneasy.

Elisa Baker’s lawyer files for venue change

July 12, 2011

The attorney for Elisa Baker wants a venue change for his client’s court proceedings. He said a change of locations is the only way that the woman accused of second-degree murder in her stepdaughter’s death can receive a fair trial.

"There exists in the county so great a prejudice against the defendant that she cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial,” according to the motion filed by Baker's attorney Scott Reilly.

July 11th

Walkoff hit gives Post 48 win in ninth

July 12, 2011

For the second time in as many days, Post 48 won in dramatic fashion on the baseball diamond.

A walkoff hit by Hickory center fielder Phillip Carroll lifted his team to a ninth inning win over Caldwell County. Hickory (18-8) leads its series over Caldwell County (19-11), 2-0.

“Phillip is a great player,” Rembert said. “From day one, he wanted that center field spot and earned it. He competes so hard every night and gives us everything he’s got. He’s a 48er.”

Head-on collision

July 11, 2011

Two cars collided Monday at the intersection of Rock Barn Road and Thornburg Drive in Conover after a red Cadillac attempted to make a left turn and was struck by a gold Toyota, witnesses said.

No one was seriously injured in the collision, but the driver of the red Cadillac was taken to the hospital. Witnesses said the crash caused both vehicles to lift off the ground.

Victims robbed at gunpoint for cell phones

July 11, 2011

Police are investigating robbery cases in Hickory where suspects held multiple victims at gunpoint to steal cash and cell phones.

The robberies occurred Friday and Saturday and both involve suspects pointing guns at victims and demanding money and cellular phones.

Authorities say that two victims were robbed at gunpoint early Friday within minutes of each other. The robberies occurred on the 300 and 400 blocks of Seconnd Street Place SE in succession. The victims said the suspect was wearing black clothing and a “Scream” mask, adding that the robber wielded a black and silver gun.

Thieves steal beer, candy from Catawba store

July 11, 2011

Police are searching for multiple suspects who broke into a Catawba convenience store last week and took money, beer and candy from the store’s shelves.

Authorities and business owners said suspects broke the back glass door to Abby’s Restaurant and Convenience Store in Catawba early Thursday morning before unlawfully entering the building. Once the thieves were inside, they stole money from the cash register, two 40-ounce Natural Ice beers and a case of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Catawba gets new police chief

July 11, 2011

The town of Catawba’s newest police chief said he plans on upholding the town’s reputation as a “fairly quiet” place to live.

The Catawba Town Council officially swore in police chief Mike Nash on Monday to serve more than 750 citizens that live in the town.

Nash, a Chicago native, has served with Catawba Police Department since September 2004. In August 2010, Nash was briefly promoted to sergeant before becoming the interim police chief after former chief Cecil Cook left a month later.

Citizens remember ‘family restaurant’

July 11, 2011

Area citizens are remembering a “family restaurant” Monday that has served Conover residents for decades.

Drum’s Restaurant in Conover was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning after an electrical surge protector initially sparked a blaze inside the historic city landmark, fire officials told Drum’s owner Douglas Travis.

The restaurant was built in 1972.

“It had a little, cozy, family atmosphere,” said Conover resident Joyce Rice, adding that she ate at Drum’s two or three times a week.

“Everything about the restaurant was good — it was amazing.”

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