February 16th, 2012
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (N.C.) announced that 12 North Carolina fire departments will receive a total of $1,907,418 through the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
The Conover Fire Department will receive $38,228.
The funding will help firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed communications equipment, protective gear, training and other resources.
Newton police will roll out new dispatch and records technology this spring that they say will make the department more efficient and help solve more crimes.
Newton Police Department (NPD) will launch its new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) beginning in May.
Police officials say the updated, computer-based systems will â€śstreamlineâ€ť processes that used to take dispatchers, officers and supervisors weeks and months to do.
Chinese manufacturer Chongqing RATO Power announced today that it will establish its North American headquarters in Denver and will hire as many as 600 employees in a temporary manufacturing while it searches for a permanent site for its production and distribution center.
â€śThis is the start of something really big that can help change this community and this area,â€ť said Gov. Beverly Perdue who was in Denver for the announcement. Perdue said she hoped the announcement was the â€śfirst day of a long-term journey togetherâ€ť with RATO.
Work will soon begin on a pair of Newton water system projects.
Neill Grading & Construction Company and a subcontractor will begin replacing a water main on U.S. 70 next week between Hughey Drive and Boundary Street.
Crews will begin a water easement and rights-of-way project the following week in the Shannonbrook subdivision. That project is expected to be completed by late June.
Newton has seen an increase in participation for youth sports offered by the cityâ€™s recreation department.
In fact, the increase in participation for sports like basketball and soccer is so great that the city is scrambling to find places for practice and games.
Meanwhile, the cityâ€™s recreation department staff is also facing ever-increasing expenses for the Newton swimming pool, which city council voted to open in 2012.
More details in The O-N-Eâ€™s Thursday print and online edition at www.observernewsonline.com.
In a game that included a combined 40 fouls and 50 turnovers, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team survived an early scare from South Iredell to advance to Friday's CVAC 2A tournament final with a 65-37 victory.
The Lady Red Devils (23-3) will meet the winner of No. 2 Bandys and No. 3 East Burke in the championship game.
"It was ugly. That's all I can say," said N-C coach Ike Williams. "We kind of knew Bandys would be here scouting. We wanted to be conservative with the game plan and what we ran. Obviously, it ended up being an ugly game."
Despite putting up a strong effort Wednesday, the Bunker Hill boys basketball team had its season ended by West Caldwell, 67-47.
The loss ends the Bears' four-game winning streak.
Bunker Hill (7-18) led 16-15 after the first quarter, giving the top-seeded Warriors (16-6) an early scare.
West Caldwell outscored the Bears 15-6 in the second quarter and carried a 30-22 lead into halftime. Ashton Smith paced the Warriors in the first half with eight points.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. â€” Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and No. 8 North Carolina used smothering defense to rally from an eight-point deficit in the second half and beat Miami 73-64 Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels, who came in leading the nation with 83.5 points per game, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the second half to get back in the game, and held Miami without a point for nearly five minutes down the stretch.
Ethel Irene Price Hoke, 77, of Hickory, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital due to an automobile accident. The Hoke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory.
Charles Dwight Triplett, 92, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Triplett family.
One and one-third miles.
Itâ€™s the distance police say 9-year-old Asha Degree walked along N.C. 18.before vanishing 12 years ago.
Ashaâ€™s friends and family, bundled against the biting wind and cold, walked in Ashaâ€™s steps Tuesday.
Itâ€™s an 11-year tradition they wish could end.
â€śEvery time it snows or rains, I think about her,â€ť said Ashaâ€™s brother, O'Bryant Degree. â€śI wonder if sheâ€™s safe.â€ť