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Fire rips through duplex

December 21, 2010

A woman and her child were treated for possible smoke inhalation Tuesday after a fire broke out in their Newton duplex.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 405 E. J St., where they found a working structure fire on the right side of a one-story duplex.
"There was a significant amount of fire showing when we arrived," said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Summers gets all-American honors

December 21, 2010

A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
“I was kind of surprised,” Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coach’s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 21, 2010

Joseph Loyal Winebarger, 49, of Conover, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The Winebarger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Ellis Roy “Buck” Pugh, 78, of Conover, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jerome Walker will officiate.  

Financial stability Catawba's top goal

December 21, 2010

One year ago, Catawba Mayor Vance Readling said two controversial construction projects were dividing the town.

Now, the projects are delayed indefinitely in light of financial restraints, but town officials are looking to the coming months to get Catawba's budget back on track.

Readling cited budgetary stability as his top goal for the town in the coming year.

"I think we're going to have to focus on all aspects of the budget, from revenue to expenditures," Readling said.

Holiday cheer for elderly population

December 21, 2010

The elderly population represents about 13 percent of United States residents.

That 13 percent translates to about one in eight Americans, according to the Administration on Aging.

Of the elderly population, millions of people live in nursing homes or are confined to their residences because of serious illnesses or disabilities.

But thanks to area agencies, senior citizens living in Catawba County can enjoy the comforts of the holiday season.

Fire at Hickory Springs

December 21, 2010

A fire was reported Tuesday at a manufacturing facility in Conover.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company at 9:51 a.m., according to the Conover Fire Department.
The fire, which occurred in the building's manufacturing area called the "carousel," was extinguished before firefighters arrived. The scene was under control at 10:04 a.m., and Conover firefighters used the building's ventilation system to remove any remaining smoke from the building.
No one was injured.

Comer honored by Panthers

December 21, 2010

CHARLOTTE – Before the start of their game Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers took time to honor a group of high school football players from across the Carolinas.

Newton-Conover lineman Mikey Comer was among them.

Comer was at the stadium Sunday before kickoff on a stage in the west end of the field. His name was called over the public address system and his face on the giant screen as one of the Carolina Panthers’ Community Captains.

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