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August 9th, 2011

Emergency groups ready for disaster

August 9, 2011

Area emergency officials were busy in the county’s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.


Catawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.

1920s train arrives at Newton Depot

August 9, 2011

The first addition to Newton Depot Authority’s outdoor museum rolled into the station on Tuesday, and it is more than 90 years old.

A crane lowered a 1920s-style locomotive and fuel tender into place on Tuesday on non-functional train tracks behind the Newton Depot Authority on N. Main Avenue.

Depot officials said there is only one other locomotive and tender set like it in the nation.

“Cruisin’ & Car Show” is Sunday

August 9, 2011

Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun – these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion “Cruisin’ & Car Show” scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
 
In its 20th year, Cruisin’ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisin’ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunion’s weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.
 

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BREAKING: Police standoff on Interstate 40

August 9, 2011

According to the NC State Highway Patrol, there is a one-man incident on Interstate 40 that involves a man in a vehicle with a gun. Traffic is not moving on either the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 between mile marker 123 and 125. The traffic stall by police began around 10:15-10:30 p.m.

More details as they become available.

Justin Walker holds first job, awaits N-C football

August 9, 2011

It was nearly two years ago that Justin Walker, formerly Justin Weisner, had his life’s defining moment.

The now 20-year-old, who has Down syndrome, scored a touchdown in his senior year for the Newton-Conover football team against West Caldwell.

Today, Walker is trying to conquer another hurdle in life — his first job. He’s spent the entire summer working as a bat boy for the Hickory Crawdads.

Maiden man drowns at Lake Norman

August 8, 2011

A Maiden man is dead after he apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday.

Divers recovered the body of Marlowe D. Young, 35, of Maiden on Sunday after searching for the man who apparently drowned while swimming to shore a day before.  

Authorities say Young was boating with three friends on Saturday close to channel marker B2 on Lake Norman. At about 4 p.m., Young and some of the friends jumped off the rental pontoon boat and tried to swim to Goat Island, which was close by.  

CVCC steps up security 


August 8, 2011

If you walk throughout the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, there are not many areas that are off limits. It is a place that administrators say is “very open and public,” and in the end is an educational tool that serves the societal group within its name – the community.


“Our general areas are all open to the public,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

Cherryville Legion team disqualified after brawl

August 8, 2011

SUMTER, S.C.— A brawl after a play at the plate has put American Legion baseball teams from North Carolina and Georgia out of a regional baseball tournament in Sumter.

The decision to remove both teams from the Southeast Regional Tournament came after organizers consulted with national American Legion officials.

The fight erupted after Cherryville Post 100 scored two runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0 over Douglasville, Ga., Post 145 on Sunday morning.

Maiden man drowns in Lake Norman

August 8, 2011

Searchers recovered the body of a Maiden man who apparently drowned Saturday while trying to swim to an island at Lake Norman.

Thirty rescuers resumed a search early Sunday but didn't find the body until mid-afternoon, a spokesman for the Iredell County Sheriff's Department said.

The sheriff's office identified the man as Marlowe Demar Young, 35, of Maiden. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Mooresville, the spokesman said.

Amid spending battle, McHenry remodels office

August 8, 2011

As members of Congress debated deep cuts to federal spending, workers were busy inside the Capitol Hill office of GOP Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry.

The renovations included laying new carpet, a new coat of paint for the walls, hanging drapes and unboxing new furniture.

McHenry, an outspoken conservative from Cherryville whose district stretches from the suburbs of Charlotte west into the Blue Ridge, said through a spokesman the work had been scheduled for months and that the new furniture was needed to replace old wooden desks that were "basically falling apart."

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