July 15th, 2011
Most filing for the 2011 Catawba County Municipal Elections is complete, and several council races have a host of competitors.
The Conover City Council race has three seats open for election, but eight candidates declared for the race. In addition to all three incumbents up for re-election, the filers include a past Conover mayor and current school board member.
Former Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard declared Friday that he would run for city council. Eckard lost to current Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. in the mayoral election of 2009.
He has been out of city government since.
North Carolina State Trooper K.E. Travis investigates a car wreck scene at the intersection of Startown Road and Kings Grant Drive in Newton.
Travis said an unidentified driver was traveling south on Startown Road when he probably fell asleep at the wheel and ran his car off the road.
The car flipped upside down and landed on the right shoulder.
The driver was trapped momentarily before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in stable condition.
The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to â€świllfully and intentionallyâ€ť killing three dogs and depriving two others.
In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewittâ€™s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden manâ€™s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewittâ€™s property during the search.
Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.
As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.
Owen “Pete” Percy Wagner, 88, of Conover, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011, at his residence. The Wagner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Carl Eric Pittman, 47, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011. Mackie-High Funeral Home serving the family of Carl Eric Pittman.
An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.
Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.
One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.
Although the Balls Creek Campmeeting is a month away, â€śtentâ€ť owners are beginning to prepare for the 158th year of the historic campmeeting.
The wooden shacks, called tents, are cleaned, painted and aired out in anticipation of Sunday, Aug. 14, opening day for the annual campmeeting.
Campmeeting will commence with the 7:30 p.m. service and will close with the 7:30 p.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 28.
According to Robert Eades, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Balls Creek Campground, a workday will be held Saturday, July 16.
Down 2-1 in the fourth inning, Hickory scored six runs in three innings on Thursday to defeat Caldwell County, 7-2, in game four of a best-of-five series.Post 48 (19-9) advances to the Area IV championship series.
Leading the way were a trio of Hickory hitters, including Jeremy Null, Jacob Hoyle and Cameron Beard. The three combined for all seven RBIs in the game.
Post 48 (19-9) struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Hoyle and Null doubled on back-to-back innings to put Post 48 ahead 1-0 after one inning.
Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.
Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.
Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the projectâ€™s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.