February 2nd, 2011
Claremont Police Department received six reports this week of vehicle larcenies, which continues a stream of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Catawba County.
Claremont Police Capt. Gary Bost said six cars were broken into late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The unknown suspects opened the unlocked vehicles and removed electronic items, such as radios, CD players or GPS units.
The latest crime wave is one of at least three to hit Catawba County in the past month, when Conover Police reported more than a dozen vehicle break-ins in the city's southeast and northeast quadrants.
Select coaches in Catawba County Schools don't have a strong sense of job security they once held.
With a change in the school system's non-faculty coaching policy, people who aren't employed as faculty within a school or feeder district won't be top choice to fill coaching positions at the end of each school year or athletic season.
Residential front lawns in Newton are now "no parking" zones.
Newton City Council approved a measure that prohibits the parking of cars and trucks, recreational vehicles and boats in the front yards of residential dwellings. The change in city ordinance comes about two years after city leaders began considering action to curb the practice of parking vehicles in front yards throughout the city.
Jeff Pinkney Pope, 85, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Pope family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Peter Lawrence Brown Jr., 66, of Sherrills Ford, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. The funeral service will be Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Denver Baptist Church.
A sewage issue closes a Hickory elementary school early Wednesday.
Students and employees at Viewmont Elementary School were dismissed at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after school toilets quit working. The malfunction is a result of a sewage back-up.
The city of Hickory is working to fix the sewage problem.
The future just got a little brighter for a few Red Devils.
Four Newton-Conover athletes signed paperwork on Wednesday to play NCAA athletics and further their education.
Football players Octavius Harden and Mike Comer signed on to attend Wofford College, while football teammate Cameron Shuford and tennis player John Reid signed with Mars Hill College.
The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.
The PA system may have been silent before the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill girls basketball game, but the Lady Red Devils offensive and defense were loud.
Kadesha Gibbs and Samiya Pitts combined for 26 of the Lady Red Devilsâ€™ 57 points, and Newton-Conover forced 26 Bunker Hill turnovers on their way to the Catawba Valley 2A victory.
The win by the Lady Red Devils (16-2, 10-1) is the first since a tough 61-44 defeat last week against East Burke.
Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe remembers the game all too well.
The background of Lydia Marlene Stewart's cell phone is a photo of her standing in front of centuries-old pyramids in Egypt.
The photo was snapped during her 16-day tour of the country, which ended just days before political unrest erupted from Egyptians demanding changes in their government.
When Stewart, of Claremont, sees images of the violent protests calling for 30-year ruler Hosni Mubarak to step down, she hurts for the country that she said was a lifelong dream to visit.
It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.
Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure â€” with or without the money.
The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.