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September 7th, 2011

Five vehicles involved in N.C. 16 wreck

September 7, 2011

A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.

No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.

N-C wins, improves CVAC record to 3-0

September 7, 2011

Newton-Conover continued its great play on the volleyball court Tuesday against Bunker Hill.

The Lady Red Devils (6-1, 3-0) won their third-straight conference match, knocking off the Lady Bears in three games at home, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.

“They swung at us,” said N-C coach Linda Richards. “Bunker Hill was aggressive and played hard.”

Corbin Evans led the way for Newton-Conover with nine kills and seven aces.

Evans explained why her team has been successful.

September 6th

No space for state prisoners

September 7, 2011

North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a “burden” and complicate years of “good planning.”

During this year’s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.

Family gives Claremont building new life

September 7, 2011

A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.

The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.

Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

September 7, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011

Joyce Ann Huffman Campbell, 58, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Services in Granite Falls is serving the family.

John Franklin Witherspoon, 73, of Denver, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Wexford Senior Living in Denver.
The memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Newton

No. 13 Hokies blast ASU in Blacksburg

September 6, 2011

Appalachian State found out the hard way that this isn’t 2007 and that Lane Stadium isn’t the Big House in Michigan.

Bidding for the upset victory, the Mountaineers (0-1) fell behind 38-0 to No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-0) in the first half and the Hokies never looked back, cruising to a 66-13 win in Blacksburg on Saturday.

“It was just an awful afternoon,” said ASU coach Jerry Moore. “From the first series, a fumble on the second snap of the game. On their first play, they score. It was just an avalanche from there. It snowballed and just got worse and worse.”

September 5th

USPS closing Conover facility

September 6, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.

"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."

Final taste of the fair


September 6, 2011

Don’t rain on my parade – or fair.


Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this year’s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.

Conover gets piece of 9/11 history

September 6, 2011

Nearly 10 years ago, Catawba County residents were glued to their TVs. From office buildings, schools and homes, they watched terrorists fly planes into the sides of two of the nation’s most iconic buildings – the twin World Trade Center towers – on Sept. 11, 2001.

For many area residents, that was the extent of their connection with the 9/11 attacks, but a piece of steel that will arrive in Conover this week will help citizens better remember the historic day.

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