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Curse breakers: Trojans in fourth round for first time

October 27, 2011

The Lady Trojans volleyball team took out three years of frustration on the visiting Randleman Lady Tigers on Thursday.

Bandys, who had lost three straight years in the third round of the 2A playoffs, made sure it wouldn't happen four years in a row, topping Randleman in impressive fashion, 25-10, 25-9, 25-10, in Catawba.

"We've talked about the third round always shutting us down," said Bandys coach Randi Keith. "I think they just broke the curse. They really came in, made a statement and showed what they've got."

Friday, October

October 27, 2011

L. C. Mills, 89, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.  The Mills family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Diane Sigmon White, 53, of Conover, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The White family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Fall events abound

October 27, 2011

Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.

n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.

n Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-7 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pursue treats safely

October 27, 2011

Area law enforcement officers warn parents about the continued danger of trick-or-treating traffic accidents this Halloween season.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night — an alarming figure that police say can be avoided through safety measures.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said familiar and low-traffic neighborhoods are the safest routes to travel for trick-or-treating.

Scary spending

October 27, 2011

A struggling national economy is not hurting Halloween-related spending in Catawba County.

Local Halloween businesses say customers have packed their stores this week buying decorations, costumes and candy leading up to the holiday next week.

Experts estimate total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion this season, numbers based on current projections, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Newton City Council meeting cancelled

October 27, 2011

Newton City Council's Tuesday meeting has been cancelled.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

A revised meeting schedule is on file in the city clerk’s office, according to information provided by the city.

DWI charge follows crash that killed father, son

October 27, 2011

A Catawba County woman is charged with driving while impaired after a crash near the Long View community killed a father and son.

Amie Jo Skeens, 39, is also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection to the crash that happened Tuesday near the line of Catawba and Burke counties.

The crash killed Steven Moody and his 19-year-old son, Kevin, both of Connelly Springs.

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Skeens was in a minivan that sideswiped a motorcycle and then hit the Moodys' motorcycle head-on. The people on the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

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