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August 15th, 2011

Pill Stoppers fight growing trend

August 15, 2011




Austin Frye says drug abuse in high school has changed.


A rising junior at Newton-Conover High School, Frye said teens are going beyond “smoking pot” and are experimenting with drugs found in nearly every household – prescription medications.


“I have all these friends at high school doing these pills,” Frye said.

“There are a lot of drugs and a lot of pills. They are smoking cigarettes and trying prescription drugs.”

Fabric fire sends one to hospital

August 15, 2011

One worker was taken to the hospital on Monday after a machine caught on fire in a Newton manufacturing facility.

Fire officials say a dotting machine caught on fire on the third floor of Carolina Specialty Fabrics in Newton, and one employee was taken to the hospital after inhaling too much smoke. A dotting machine is used to put traction material on fabrics used for gloves, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

August 13th

Red Devils, Indians learn in scrimmages

August 13, 2011

The lights of high school football glistening at Newton-Conover’s Gurley Stadium for the FCA Jamboree on Friday.

The Jamboree featured two games, including two Catawba County teams in action. St. Stephens took on North Lincoln in the opening game, followed by Newton-Conover taking on Hibriten.

Featured at the event were two 15-minute periods, two 10-minute periods and one 40-minute continuous scrimmage period between each of the two teams.

August 12th

Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 12, 2011

Marguerite Collins Mitchell, 95, of Abernethy Laurels, Newton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.  The Mitchell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Clayton Larry Mooneyham, 62 of Hickory passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at his residence.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Clayton Larry Mooneyham.

School progress

August 12, 2011

With a new school year set to begin soon, Newton-Conover City Schools leaders are already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 school year.

That's when the school system's new $20.8 million middle school will officially open to students. While the school won't officially open until August 2012, system officials said this week it should be complete well before then.

Check scams threaten Claremont

August 12, 2011


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


That’s what authorities are telling area residents about mail scams that are costing some Catawba County residents money and personal security.


The scams mostly come in the form delivery and electronic mail, authorities say, and they can give thieves access to personal bank information if not handled properly.


Tammy G. Sigmon, of Claremont, received a check in the mail through FedEx this week for $3,000. The check was supposedly sent through Key Bank NA in Brooklyn, Ohio from WakeFern Food Corp. in New Jersey.

Fair goes ‘hog wild’

August 12, 2011

With piano-playing hogs, a horse-naming competition and a star-studded music lineup, this year’s Hickory American Legion Fair is all about the kids, fair officials announced Friday.

The 98th edition of the annual fair is going “hog wild” in 2011, and officials said they are putting an emphasis on promoting agriculture this year. The fair will last from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

Part of the “hog wild” theme includes actual hogs as well. This year, the fair has booked performing pigs that dance and play music.

Jimmy Clausen to start vs. Giants, Newton on bench

August 12, 2011

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he has been told by coach Ron Rivera that he'll start Saturday night's preseason home opener against the New York Giants.

Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, will likely be the first quarterback off the bench.

That's not a big surprise considering Clausen has been getting all of the reps with the first-team offense.

August 11th

Hickory bats struggle in loss

August 12, 2011

One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.

Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs — one in the second, seventh and eighth — on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.

A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdads’ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.

Mangum, Mullins named head coaches

August 12, 2011

Two coaching vacancies in the area have been filled.

Brad Mangum has been hired to coach the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team, while Denise Mullins takes over the St. Stephens’ volleyball program. Both hirings were officially approved Thursday.

Mangum, a 2001 graduate of South Caldwell High School, is a teacher assistant at Fred T. Foard.

He brings coaching experience from girls and boys basketball, including assisting the girls basketball program at South Caldwell from 2002-08 under coach Jeff Parham.

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