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Archive - Oct 21, 2011

Merchants host candidate social

October 21, 2011

Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.

The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth — both in jobs and services — as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.

Catawba voter info online

October 21, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered if your boss or buddy swings to the political right or left, just look online.

Personal information for all 99,847 registered voters in Catawba County is on the Internet.

The information spreads much further than political party and precinct, too. Voters’ home addresses, ages and even home telephone numbers can be found on a Catawba County datasheet.

Catawba County Board of Elections officials say the information is public and is simply an online version of a list residents have always been able to request.

Service expansion

October 21, 2011

Carl Jenkins says an increasing number of families hold unique services to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.

He says an upgrade under way at Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton will help the business improve those services.

The funeral home broke ground this week on a new outdoor pavilion. The structure — 61 feet by 30 feet —will include a picnic-style shelter with ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and plumbing for restrooms.

Families will be able to share meals at the grave site of their loved ones after funerals.

Fire station shot

October 21, 2011

A shooting at a Maiden fire station could have been much worse.

Suspects fired two shots into Maiden Fire Department’s station on Startown Road in the past 24-48 hours.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the rounds damaged the station’s glass bay doors and hit one fire engine.

Police and fire officials believe suspects fired the rounds from the roadside on Startown Road within the last day or two.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said one firefighter was at the station as late as 1:30 a.m. Friday, and police are still investigating the shooting.

Early voting starts slow

October 21, 2011

On the first day of early voting in Catawba County, about 54 residents cast their votes for municipal elections. Election officials say the turnout is fairly normal for a municipal election.

By noon on Thursday, 33 residents had visited the Newton Main Library to vote for mayoral, council and school board elections throughout the county.

One-stop early voting continues at Newton Main Library today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Highland Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday. Election Day is Nov. 8.

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