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Archive - Mar 2011

March 15th

City's vacant homes increase

March 15, 2011

Population increased in Newton from 2000 to 2010, but there are more vacant homes within the city's limits.

Newton's latest resident count increased by 408 people, but those people aren't filling up all the city's vacant properties, which increased 63 percent since 2000.

Results from Newton's 2010 census revealed the city's residents increased about 3.2 percent since the last time the population count was conducted 10 years ago. The city's latest population count includes 12,968 residents.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

The Rev. H. David "H.D." Shrum, 85, of Lincolnton, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at CMC-Lincoln.  Services will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Kent Cooke, 56, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at his residence.  The Cooke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

PE teacher a hall of famer

March 15, 2011

A Newton-Conover City Schools coach and teacher was inducted into the system's hall of fame Monday night, honoring the man's commitment to students and physical education.

Tim Elrod, 55, was one of three people chosen to be part of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, an honor designed to recognize excellence in and commitment to athletics. This is Elrod's 31st year as Shuford Elementary School's physical education teacher, and he coached track and field for 27 years at Newton-Conover High School.

"That's the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Elrod said. "I've been so blessed here."

Lowe resigns after 5 years at N.C. State

March 15, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Lowe has resigned after five seasons as North Carolina State men's basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the school has yet to announce Lowe's resignation.

Lowe had an 86-78 overall record, but just 25-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He inherited a program coming off five straight NCAA tournament trips, but he never finished higher than ninth in the ACC despite twice being picked to finish in the top third of the 12-team league.

UPDATE: 3 killed in home invasion

March 15, 2011

Police say they know who is responsible for an early morning shooting and robbery that left three dead and another injured.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies issued three murder warrants for Everette Proshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont. 

Hewitt remains at large, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid announced Tuesday at noon that a third person died from gunshot wounds sustained during a robbery and shooting in a mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover.

BREAKING: Four shot in invasion

March 15, 2011

Four people were shot during an early morning home invasion in Conover on Tuesday.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies report two people were killed and two others injured in the invasion at a mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road about 4:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, and the other is stable, according to investigators.
Emerging details indicate a masked gunman knocked on the door of a home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park. When a resident answered the door the man demanded money and shots were fired.

March 14th

Red Devils come back after trailing early

March 14, 2011

Newton-Conover fought back from an early deficit against Hickory on Monday to win a hard fought non-conference match.

The Red Devils (7-1, 4-0) trailed early in the match after the Red Tornadoes picked up two early victories as Hunter Coffey defeated Hunter Nestor 6-0, 6-1 and Valentin Waltenberger defeated Tyler Barrymore 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. 

Newton-Conover rallied with four consecutive singles wins. Senior Hang “Bubba” Choi picked up a quick opening set victory over Alex Arditti and held on in the second set to win 6-1, 7-5.

Child alerts parents to fire

March 14, 2011

A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.

The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.

Gasoline fueled deadly explosion

March 14, 2011

The Gergely family's home appeared, from the outside, to be a typical residence in the Deerfield development of Mountain View.

A garden sits at the front of the yard near a swing set, and children's sporting equipment is scattered throughout the property.

But inside the residence, George L. Gergely Jr., 42, stored six cans of gasoline and firearms after a reported suicide attempt the day before his house exploded.

A call for help

Gergely's wife, Michele, called 9-1-1 on Sunday about 1:05 p.m. to report her husband was having suicidal thoughts and threatening to harm himself.

'Quonset hut' ban stalls in Newton

March 14, 2011

A proposal to prohibit construction of new "quonset" huts in Newton not only missed the mark, if passed it can open the door to "quonset hut farms" in the city.

As a result, Newton City Council sent a zoning ordinance amendment concerning accessory structures back to city planners' drafting board.

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