April 4th, 2011
Elisa Baker's feet shuffled unsteadily as she grasped for a chair Monday in Catawba County Superior Court.
Scott Reilly helped his client to a chair and poured water for her into a paper cup before proceeding with his arguments.
The pressure of an impending murder charge is apparently getting to Baker, who swooned in court Monday after Reilly complained his client was being "selectively prosecuted" and won't receive a fair trial in Catawba County.
After a Newton landlord said the city is unfair in its minimum billing practices for utility services, City Council is discussing the rate structure for water and sewer customers.
During a February City Council meeting, Newton landlord Tom Dixon questioned Newton's utility billing practices, and in particular, the minimum fees placed on low use customers.
"To get services from the city, you have to pay for all of them. You can't just have electricity, water, sewer or solid waste pick-up â€” you have to have all of them or you can't get any," he said during the Feb. 15 meeting.
Laurels to former Claremont Mayor Glenn Morrison who received The Old
North State Award. The award recognizes North Carolina citizens who have offered at least 25 years of exemplary service to the state, and Morrison is certainly deserving of the recognition.
Two men in canoes on the South Fork River have found the body of a man floating in the water.
Investigators hope an autopsy will help them determine the man's identity and how he died.
Elliott Teague and Justin Collins said they were in separate canoes Sunday when Teague spotted the body dressed in pants and work boots floating near a log on an isolated stretch of the river in Catawba County.
The body was found near U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden.
Deputies say the body may have been in the river for as long as two weeks.
The case of a Hickory man who authorities say killed three people in a Catawba County trailer park will go before a grand jury.
Sheriff's officials arrested 32-year-old Everett Hewitt last month following a manhunt that involved 100 officers from several area law enforcement agencies.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Hewitt is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center on three counts of murder pending Monday's grand jury hearing. A public defender has been appointed.
Four years strong and growing.
The Newton-Conover wrestling club celebrated its fourth season this week with a special presentation honoring those who participated in the club.
N-C wrestling coach Eddy Clark, who organizes the youth club, came up with the idea from a meeting with a college coach.
"We met with Kevin Dresser, the head coach at Virginia Tech," Clark said. "He had been a real successful high school coach. He gave us ideas, and we got great coaches in place. This is what we came up with."
Two Catawba County municipalities released their agendas for upcoming meetings Monday.
Catawba Town Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Maiden Town Council will also meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Maiden Branch Library.
Maiden Town Council's agenda includes:
-A period for citizens requests and comments;
-Discussion on an agreement between the town and CBSA architects;
-Approval of surplus items.
Catawba Town Council's agenda includes:
Sitting inside Catawba County Animal Services manager Jay Blatche's office is a sign that says the greatness of a person can be judged by the way he treats animals.
More people in Catawba County appear to be acting on that principal judging from an increase in the number of calls reporting animal cruelty.
Blatche said the county's animal shelter has received more calls recently regarding allegations of possible animal abuse or neglect.
"People are being a lot more proactive, for whatever reason that may be," Blatche said.
Barbara Lingerfelt walked easily Friday on a treadmill at the Shuford YMCA in Conover.
Her breath wasn't strained; she talked comfortably; and she wore a smile on her face. For Lingerfelt, exercising is part of a daily routine 40 years in the making â€” eating right, working out and taking care of her body.
Those are habits more people in Catawba County are adopting, according to a recently released national study. Catawba County ranks 18th in the list of healthiest counties as outlined by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
It's too late for Zahra Baker.
It isn't too late, however, to prevent other children from becoming victims of child abuse in Catawba County. That's why county elected leaders and law enforcement officials gathered Friday at the Children's Advocacy Center in Conover to announce their commitments to preventing child abuse and protecting children in the area.