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October 27th, 2011

Fall events abound

October 27, 2011

Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.

n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.

n Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-7 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pursue treats safely

October 27, 2011

Area law enforcement officers warn parents about the continued danger of trick-or-treating traffic accidents this Halloween season.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night — an alarming figure that police say can be avoided through safety measures.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said familiar and low-traffic neighborhoods are the safest routes to travel for trick-or-treating.

Scary spending

October 27, 2011

A struggling national economy is not hurting Halloween-related spending in Catawba County.

Local Halloween businesses say customers have packed their stores this week buying decorations, costumes and candy leading up to the holiday next week.

Experts estimate total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion this season, numbers based on current projections, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Newton City Council meeting cancelled

October 27, 2011

Newton City Council's Tuesday meeting has been cancelled.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

A revised meeting schedule is on file in the city clerk’s office, according to information provided by the city.

DWI charge follows crash that killed father, son

October 27, 2011

A Catawba County woman is charged with driving while impaired after a crash near the Long View community killed a father and son.

Amie Jo Skeens, 39, is also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection to the crash that happened Tuesday near the line of Catawba and Burke counties.

The crash killed Steven Moody and his 19-year-old son, Kevin, both of Connelly Springs.

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Skeens was in a minivan that sideswiped a motorcycle and then hit the Moodys' motorcycle head-on. The people on the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

October 26th

Hickory beats Foard for 16th straight

October 26, 2011

The Hickory soccer team capped what was amazing regular season on Wednesday during “Senior Night,” winning 1-0 against Fred T. Foard.

It was the 16th straight win for the Red Tornadoes, who finish their conference schedule undefeated at 12-0.

“They just continue to work hard and are receptive to what we are trying to do and accomplish,” said Hickory coach Brian Jillings of his team. “When you keep working hard like, good things are going to happen. We have a good combination of defenders, hard-working midfielders and guys who work magic with the ball.”

Green Apple?

October 26, 2011

Apple is clearing land in Maiden for a project it calls “Solar panel farm A.”

The company is burning and cutting down about 108 acres of land across the street from its data center, which opened earlier this year at 5977 Startown Road.

On Wednesday, after complaints from residents about smoke, Apple asked contractors at the site to chip wood rather than burn it, according to a statement from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality.

Newton event ‘Spooktacular’

October 26, 2011

Newton’s ghouls and goblins will flock to the 1924 Courthouse square this weekend for an event that is sure to be "Spooktacular."

Area groups will host the fourth annual Spooktacular event in downtown Newton on Saturday for children, parents and families looking to have a fun and safe Halloween.

This year’s activities will revolve around Newton’s downtown square from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to games, prizes and trick-or-treating, this year’s Spooktacular will feature a costume contest.

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