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August 24th, 2011

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August 25, 2011

Nelson Lee Clark, 53, of Newton passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center due to a motorcycle accident.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Clark family.

David Clarence Penley, 56, of Claremont passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The Penley family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Wheels in motion

August 24, 2011

The roar of school bus engines and the sight of children climbing aboard the "big cheese" marks the start of another school year.

However, as Catawba County Schools sends nearly 250 school buses to serve the county's three school systems, the overseer of school transportation in the county is forced to do more with less.

Newton man killed in motorcycle wreck

August 24, 2011

For the past ten years, Nelson Clark’s life has revolved around Harley Davidson.

He loved to ride, but not just for himself. Every year, Clark rode in charity events and fundraisers, including an annual even for kids at Conover School.

“He did the Christmas toy run every winter and was always involved in charities,” said Ginger Mitchell, Clark’s sister.

On Tuesday, Clark was killed in a traffic accident doing the thing he loved most – riding his Harley.  

Clark, of Newton, was killed after his motorcycle hit a car that failed to stop for a red light.

Police name suspect in cab murder

August 24, 2011

Police have named Camyron Fredrick Johnson as a suspect in connection with the murder of a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night.

Johnson is a 22-year-old white male that weighs 180 to 190 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police consider him armed and dangerous.

He is wanted in connection with the murder of Adam Todd Williams, 32, of Hickory, who was murdered Tuesday night after responding to a fare near the LongHorn Steakhouse parking lot on U.S. 70.

Kyle Busch pleads guilty in Iredell County

August 24, 2011

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver's license for 45 days on Tuesday for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated "like any other citizen."

Busch, who doesn't need a license to compete in NASCAR, also was fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation. He pleaded guilty to speeding and no contest to reckless and careless driving in North Carolina District Court in Iredell County.

August 23rd

NCCS ahead of concussion curve

August 24, 2011

As school systems statewide work to implement policies mandated by the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, Newton-Conover City Schools is "ahead of the curve."

The measure was signed into law in June, and NCCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond said the school system began immediately laying the groundwork required to improve awareness, documentation and treatment.

More than a 'ding'

August 24, 2011

School officials statewide are tackling the problem of concussions and traumatic brain injuries before a bump on the head ends an athlete's life.

Man robs, whips, slaps Newton couple

August 24, 2011

A man pistol whipped a woman while she was bathing Monday while breaking into a Newton home and stealing money and pills.  

Police say Patrick Steven Shuford, 26, of Newton, broke into a mobile home at 4489 Athens Drive in Newton about 11:30 a.m. Monday demanding money from Greg Allen Beard, 29, who lives at the residence.

“He came in and was shouting ‘Where’s my money? Where’s my money?’” said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Reid said the victim knew Shuford, but did not know what he was talking about.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 23, 2011

Carolyn Regina Sigmon Thomas, 75, of Maiden passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at her home.  Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Thomas family.

Timothy Lee “Cotton” Bolick, 53, Ivey Church Road, Maiden passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Bolick Family.
 

Earthquake rocks East Coast

August 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City and as far south as North Carolina and Alabama.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

Immediately after the earthquake, social media networks exploded with activity.

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