May 4th, 2011
The Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office SWAT team guarded a silent Elisa Baker as she was escorted from a Ford Crown Victoria to Caldwell County Superior Court for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Once inside, a full staff of sheriffâ€™s office deputies lined the courtroom and blocked each of the doorways.
The 42-year-old stepmother of Zahra Baker is facing one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her deceased daughterâ€™s name to obtain electricity while she and husband Adam Baker lived in Hudson.
Margo Wimpfheimer Tupman, 90, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels. The Tupman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Tracy Stover Hammond III, 51, of Clover, S.C., died Tuesday, May 3, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.
Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.
Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.
District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.
Stacks of books detailing the Holocaust not only opened the minds of readers and teachers, but started an in-depth discussion on the root issue of one of history's most devastating accounts of death â€” hatred.
Catawba Valley Community College received about 150 classroom sets covering the Holocaust through a grant from the N.C. Council on the Holocaust. CVCC is the only community college in North Carolina to have the instructional collection.
"The unique feature is that it's a regional collection," said Ari Sigal, of Catawba Valley Community College's library.
Women broke a perceived barrier while coming together to help a family in need during Women Build Week.
Sounds of hammers and saws filled an area community, but those weren't men wearing hard hats. About 30 Catawba County women joined forces to help build a Habitat for Humanity house, which will soon be the home of Gayle Bumgarner.
"It's 'I can do it,'" said Anne Beach, of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. "It's an empowerment. There is a lot of paperwork and credit issues (for Habitat homeowners). It's a neat thing to watch their growth."
Opening its state title defense, the Newton-Conover tennis team made a statement Tuesday.
The Red Devils (21-2) swept visiting Pisgah and only dropped seven of a combined 109 points in those matches. Newton-Conover won 72 of 78 points in its singles matches and 30 of 31 points in doubles matches.
â€śPisgah was a wild card team,â€ť said Red Devilsâ€™ coach Brian Tate. â€śWe know what is coming up next. That is Salisbury, a team we play in the western finals last year. Iâ€™m just trying to get these guys a little more focused. Matches like this donâ€™t feel like a playoff match sometimes.â€ť
Newton will spend $42,600 before July 1 to open and operate the cityâ€™s public swimming pool this summer.
Newton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to invest money toward salaries, supplies and maintenance, as well as improvements required by the Catawba County Health Department. The pool is forecast to earn about $2,800 from public swimming and day camps during June.
A Claremont man is recovering after a motorcycle accident Monday.
Robert Setzer III, 30, was traveling west on Little Mountain Road on a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle at 5:50 p.m. Monday when he ran off the road to not hit another vehicle.
Kenneth Knight Sr., 56, of Newton, was stopped at a stop sign on Old Home Place Drive and attempted to turn left onto Little Mountain Road.
N.C. Trooper J.S. Swagger said Knight's vision was affected by a hill crest in the road, as well as Setzer's speed.
Swagger said Setzer was going 90 mph on a 45-mph road.
Dorothy Ruth Fox Cline, 69, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete, and services will be held at later date.
Wilma Clemmer Propst, 82, of Maiden, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011, at Lincoln Nursing Center in Lincolnton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Propst family.
Rita Ann Blanchette, 81, of Hickory, died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Brian Center East. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.
The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., entered into a collaborative partnership with Lenoir-Rhyne University, making this the first combination of a Lutheran seminary with a university.
A feasibility study conducted in fall 2010 between the boards of Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary showed similarities within the organizations. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) organized the study and supports the partnership between both institutions.