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Archive - Jul 2011

July 20th

Sex offender charged for using Facebook

July 20, 2011

Authorities arrested a Claremont man on Saturday after they caught the convicted sex offender using a social media website unlawfully.

Andrew Dorsey, 23, of 2895 Wilderness Trace in Claremont, was arrested and charged with felony use of a social website by a sex offender after a Catawba County sheriff’s deputy found the man’s personal Facebook page.

Dorsey was given a secured bond of $4,000, but was not in jail as of press time Wednesday.

Shakespeare camp helps kids grow

July 20, 2011

Children of all ages are piling into the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton this week to recite 16th century old English and have fun doing it.

The playhouse is playing host to the 14th annual Summer Shakespeare Theatre Institute, a week-long day camp that gives first-grade through 12th-grade students the chance to watch, practice and perform classic theatre.

David Brown and Jonathon Ray started the institute 14 years ago.

“Theatre and acting itself builds learning skills,” Brown said.

July 19th

Newton boy Atkinson takes national stage Saturday

July 20, 2011

For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.

The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.

“I’m more relaxed than the first time I went,” Atkinson said. “I know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. I’m way more relaxed than nervous.”

Private company to teach CCS driver's ed

July 19, 2011

An outside driver's education business will operate Catawba County Schools' program starting in the 2011-12 school year to avoid charging students a fee.

After the N.C. General Assembly allocated CCS $198 per child for driver's education, the Board of Education faced two options — charge students $45 to keep the program in-house or enter into an agreement with an outside driver's education program to teach students to drive.

"The way the bill is written, it's made our options very limited," CCS board member Sherry Butler said of legislation's binding CCS driver's education allotment.

Dance, raise funds for child

July 19, 2011

"Love what you do, do what you love" was Nina Leavitt Watkins' favorite quote, and that's what she lived by.

Watkins was a wife, mother and daughter, who, at 27, lost her life after only five months of marriage and being a mother to a 9-year-old girl.

"She was very sweet, nice, caring and easy to get along with," said Sharon Rashidi, owner of The Perfect Workout where Watkins frequently exercised. "Everyone liked her."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 19, 2011

Joe Ray Abernethy, 77, of Newton, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at his residence.  The Abernethy family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Worth David Brooks, 64, of Newton, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at his residence.  The Brooks family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Hydrant testing under way

July 19, 2011

The Newton Fire Department is now conducting annual fire hydrant flowing and testing in the city’s northeast quadrant (north of “A” Street and east of Main Avenue). The testing is expected to continue for the next several weeks.

Residents in this area may experience water discoloration because of disturbance of minerals inside the underground water lines. If discoloration occurs, citizens should allow water to run from the faucet for several minutes.

July 18th

Hickory falls to Cherryville, earn Area IV No. 2 seed

July 19, 2011

Cherryville Post 100 won a third and deciding game against Hickory Post 48 in the Area IV title series on Monday.

Hickory (20-11) is the Area IV runner-up. They will be the Area IV No. 2 seed at the North Carolina Legion State Tournament, which starts on Friday in Morehead City at 4:30 p.m.

By virtue of their title win, Cherryville (26-7) will be the No. 1 seed in Area IV at the state tournament.

Leading Post 48 in the loss was Skyler Hollar, who had a home run and one RBI.

Cameron Beard, Cole McGraw, Jacob Hoyle and Jeremy Null also had one RBI each.

Cary, Caldwell win, W. Johnston awaits winner

July 19, 2011

South Caldwell and Cary earned hard-fought wins on Monday to advance to the final day of the Junior Legion State Tournament on Tuesday at Henkel-Alley Field.

South Caldwell (3-1) and Cary (3-1) play Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the loser being eliminated.

Cary defeated South Caldwell, 8-5, in the second round of the Junior Legion tournament on Saturday.

The winner of the South Caldwell-Cary game will await West Johnston (3-1) in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Cary 5, Leland 4

Woman hits pole, house

July 18, 2011

Newton homeowners were shaken up Monday after a woman drove her car into the side of their home off N.C. 10 West. 
Samantha Cranford was driving in the eastbound lane of N.C. 10 on Monday when her car ran across traffic, through a telephone pole and into the side of Jamie Taylor's home at 2584 N.C. 10 West.
No one was injured in the incident, but Taylor and her family were "shook up" from the impact to their home.

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