January 18th, 2011
Maiden Town Council is researching the possibility of designing a new town hall and council chambers.
Council members discussed the possibility Monday night during the town's regularly scheduled meeting.
Marty Beal, of CBSA Architects, was on hand at the meeting to hear council member's wants and needs for new town facilities.
The project, however, is anything but certain.
"This isn't saying we're absolutely doing anything," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "We're exploring the idea."
There's no housing crisis for Newton-Conover High School students, who constructed elaborately designed models of their dream homes for drafting class.
On Monday, students in Susan Ramsey's drafting III class completed and presented their semester-long projects, which were three-story home models designed on blueprints and crafted from wood, glue and foam board.
"When (students) finally put that thing together, it's a sense of pride, on my part," Ramsey said.
Charges are mounting against Zahra Baker's stepmother, who was indicted Tuesday on a bigamy charge.
A Catawba County Grand Jury issued a true bill of indictment on Elisa Annette Baker, alleging she was already married when she wed her current husband Adam Baker, the father of Zahra Baker. Zahra's remains were discovered in Caldwell County several months ago.
While the grand jury deliberated Tuesday about whether to indict Elisa Baker on the charge, loggers in Caldwell located a briefcase possibly connected to Zahra's disappearance and death.
The Bears had their cake and ate it, too.
Bunker Hill celebrated coach Rod Tatumâ€™s birthday in dramatic fashion, picking up a last match win to secure the 44-32 victory over Maiden on Monday.
It has been a difficult week for the team, especially with the snow conditions and several key injuries that forced forfeits.
â€śWe havenâ€™t practiced a lot,â€ť Tatum said. â€śWeâ€™ve only had one practice in the last 10 days. To be able to win one today and one on Saturday is pretty good.â€ť
The smell of smoke filled the air on N.C. 16 south Monday as firefighters tackled a mobile home fire on Stove Drive in Newton.
Alford Lady, owner of the mobile home on 2136 Stove Drive in Newton, said he looked outside from a camper on a neighboring piece of land and saw flames coming from the roof of the mobile home.
"I saw a bunch of smoke and called 9-1-1," said Lady, adding he was in the process of selling the mobile home to move to Louisiana.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the enduring words, "I have a dream," more than 40 years ago.
But for a group of men, women and children gathered Monday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton, those words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday to commemorate King and his dream and how to make that dream a reality. Monday marked 25 years since the celebration became a federal holiday.
Alfreda Corena Story Crouse, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Jan. 16, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Gravesude services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Maiden City Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Crowder officiating. Burial will follow in Maiden City Cemetery.
Gene Charles Wilson, 82, of Newton, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Wilson family.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several repair and improvement projects at area schools at its meeting today.
These requests for approval include a funding-transfer request for Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), a classroom-addition project at Webb A. Murray Elementary School and a cafeteria renovation at St. Stephens High School.
Funding for school projects and the debt associated with those projects comes from various sources in the school systems, such as federal stimulus dollars and lottery funding.
A two-car collision between a SUV and a sedan Friday in Newton sent three teens to the hospital.
A 2004 Honda and a 2003 Hummer were traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard about 3 p.m. The Honda, driven by Kayla Michelle Newsome, 17, of Newton, was in the left northbound lane. The Hummer, driven by Claude A. McPherson, 47, of Newton, was in the right northbound lane. Both vehicles were traveling 45 mph, which is the posted speed limit on Northwest Boulevard.
Laurels to a Newton church that is helping to make sure that when winter is at its coldest, there will always be room in the inn.
For the second winter, First Presbyterian Church in Newton has opened its â€śRoom in the Innâ€ť to homeless people who need a warm bed and a hot meal during the coldest nights of the winter season. And there is certainly a need for warm shelter in Newton.