March 14th, 2011
Four people were shot during an early morning home invasion in Conover on Tuesday.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies report two people were killed and two others injured in the invasion at a mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road about 4:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, and the other is stable, according to investigators.
Emerging details indicate a masked gunman knocked on the door of a home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park. When a resident answered the door the man demanded money and shots were fired.
Newton-Conover fought back from an early deficit against Hickory on Monday to win a hard fought non-conference match.
The Red Devils (7-1, 4-0) trailed early in the match after the Red Tornadoes picked up two early victories as Hunter Coffey defeated Hunter Nestor 6-0, 6-1 and Valentin Waltenberger defeated Tyler Barrymore 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.Â
Newton-Conover rallied with four consecutive singles wins. Senior Hang â€śBubbaâ€ť Choi picked up a quick opening set victory over Alex Arditti and held on in the second set to win 6-1, 7-5.
A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.
Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.
The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.
The Gergely family's home appeared, from the outside, to be a typical residence in the Deerfield development of Mountain View.
A garden sits at the front of the yard near a swing set, and children's sporting equipment is scattered throughout the property.
But inside the residence, George L. Gergely Jr., 42, stored six cans of gasoline and firearms after a reported suicide attempt the day before his house exploded.
A call for help
Gergely's wife, Michele, called 9-1-1 on Sunday about 1:05 p.m. to report her husband was having suicidal thoughts and threatening to harm himself.
A proposal to prohibit construction of new "quonset" huts in Newton not only missed the mark, if passed it can open the door to "quonset hut farms" in the city.
As a result, Newton City Council sent a zoning ordinance amendment concerning accessory structures back to city planners' drafting board.
It has been more than 35 years since Newton's train depot helped transport passengers from one location to another.
But new life continues to reinvigorate the building on North Main Avenue, including the addition of an outdoor train museum.
The Newton Depot Authority announced March 9 they will add an outdoor railroad museum to the historic Newton Depot. The railroad museum is designed to collect, restore and preserve railroad equipment that honors the railroad's history in western North Carolina.
Diana Marie Hardy, 25, of Newton, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 12, 2011. The Hardy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Karen Leigh Norman Hawkins, 64, of Hickory, passed away March 13, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Karen Leigh Norman Hawkins.
Doctor, lawyer or crime-fighting chief, which one of these things would you like to be?
That is the kind of question students at Tuttle Elementary School were asked this week, and on Friday, I joined more than 20 professionals from throughout Catawba County in trying to help provide a few answers. The schoolâ€™s â€śCareer Roundupâ€ť was a great way for young people to learn about many career options available to them as they begin charting their paths into a profession. It was also a great way for leaders of our community to share why we chose the careers we did.
A 42-year-old man caused his home to explode, killing himself Sunday.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, George Gergely Jr.'s wife got commitment papers to have her husband checked mentally. Reid said his wife was concerned that her husband was going to harm himself after he made threats to do so. She also referenced a large number of guns were inside the Willowbottom Road home in the Mountain View community.
Reid said the Special Tactics and Response Team responds as protocol to suicide situations.
Darts to Catawba Countyâ€™s justice system that allows a person to walk free even though they are directly responsible for the death of an innocent man.
Sadly, this situation is becoming a disconcerting norm in a county where drunk motorists can endanger roadways and motorists and have the very real hope of never facing punishment for any deadly crimes they might commit.