January 17th, 2011
The smell of smoke filled the air on N.C. 16 south Monday as firefighters tackled a mobile home fire on Stove Drive in Newton.
Alford Lady, owner of the mobile home on 2136 Stove Drive in Newton, said he looked outside from a camper on a neighboring piece of land and saw flames coming from the roof of the mobile home.
"I saw a bunch of smoke and called 9-1-1," said Lady, adding he was in the process of selling the mobile home to move to Louisiana.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the enduring words, "I have a dream," more than 40 years ago.
But for a group of men, women and children gathered Monday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton, those words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday to commemorate King and his dream and how to make that dream a reality. Monday marked 25 years since the celebration became a federal holiday.
Alfreda Corena Story Crouse, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Jan. 16, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Gravesude services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Maiden City Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Crowder officiating. Burial will follow in Maiden City Cemetery.
Gene Charles Wilson, 82, of Newton, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Wilson family.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several repair and improvement projects at area schools at its meeting today.
These requests for approval include a funding-transfer request for Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), a classroom-addition project at Webb A. Murray Elementary School and a cafeteria renovation at St. Stephens High School.
Funding for school projects and the debt associated with those projects comes from various sources in the school systems, such as federal stimulus dollars and lottery funding.
A two-car collision between a SUV and a sedan Friday in Newton sent three teens to the hospital.
A 2004 Honda and a 2003 Hummer were traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard about 3 p.m. The Honda, driven by Kayla Michelle Newsome, 17, of Newton, was in the left northbound lane. The Hummer, driven by Claude A. McPherson, 47, of Newton, was in the right northbound lane. Both vehicles were traveling 45 mph, which is the posted speed limit on Northwest Boulevard.
Laurels to a Newton church that is helping to make sure that when winter is at its coldest, there will always be room in the inn.
For the second winter, First Presbyterian Church in Newton has opened its â€śRoom in the Innâ€ť to homeless people who need a warm bed and a hot meal during the coldest nights of the winter season. And there is certainly a need for warm shelter in Newton.
Growing up in Alabama, we didnâ€™t get a lot of snow, even during some of the coldest winters.
Itâ€™s no secret Iâ€™m somewhat challenged when it comes to whipping up meals in the kitchen.
My fridge is usually full of microwaveable meals, all the fixinsâ€™ for cold sandwiches and diet soda â€” not exactly the ingredients for a Julia Child-like masterpiece. To say my surname isnâ€™t fitting is an understatement. Iâ€™m a disgrace to the Bakers of centuries before who actually cooked for a living.
After a lengthy break from school, area high school students have at least one day to review and prepare for their end-of-course tests.
Students in Newton-Conover City Schools are scheduled to attend school Saturday with an early release time, and Monday and Tuesday are regular instruction days. David Stegall, NCCS associate superintendent, said those days will be used to review and prepare for students' EOC exams, which start Wednesday.
A two-week larceny string in Conover continues as thieves snatch valuables from unlocked vehicles.
The larcenies started in early January and occurred mostly in the southeast and northeast quadrants of the city.
The latest incident reports from Conover reveal the larcenies continued through Thursday, when at least six reports were filed. Brewer thinks the same people are responsible for all larcenies.
"We've had some past experience with these people," Brewer said.
The first string of larcenies was reported Jan. 3, and a second string happened Jan. 14-16.