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Man killed in motorcyle crash

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.

Trooper R.E. Raper reported that Brittain was driving his 2006 motorcycle north on Heavner Road approaching the intersection of N.C. 10 West, about 10 miles West of Newton.

Colorful Culture

July 25, 2011

Performers from Guadeloupe dance around a stage at the SALT block on Sunday during the 2011 Folkmoot Festival in Hickory. Performers from Burundi, China and Guadeloupe displayed their culture's different music and dances on Sunday as well as their vibrant and colorful attire. Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance.

Warriors have their way

July 25, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets dream of finally beating the rival Iredell Warriors on Saturday turned out to be a nightmare.

Turnovers plagued the Hornets (2-1) in their first loss of the season to the Warriors (1-2). The team trailed in the game 21-0 after two straight possessions ended in turnovers.

A quick interception thrown by Hornets’ quarterback Jamelle Jeffries a few minutes into the game gave the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.

Iredell’s Cam Simpson scored on a two-yard run to cap the drive, and the extra-point kick by Steve Mann was good.

NCDOT quells concerns over N.C. 16

July 25, 2011

Emergency responders and business owners came to a meeting with the NCDOT with concerns on Monday, but left feeling a lot better after hearing explanations and potential changes to the N.C. 16 widening project.

State officials came to Catawba County on Monday to try and quell public concern about a controversial plan to widen a portion of N.C. 16 in eastern Catawba County.

Man robs Smokes Unlimited with shotgun

July 25, 2011

A man robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday after holding the store clerk and her husband at gunpoint with a sawed-off shotgun.

Police say a man carrying a duffle bag walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of the bag and demanding money.

UPDATE: Motorcycle fatality on N.C. 10

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.
Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.
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