February 10th, 2011
Catawba County gun-purchase permits and concealed-carry applications decreased in 2010 after hitting a 10-year high in 2009.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reported 2,781 gun-purchase permits in 2010, which represents an 18 percent decline since permits spiked at 3,413 in 2009. The sheriff's office also reported a 29 percent decrease in concealed-carry applications from 2009 to 2010.
Glenn “G.C.” Lee Jr., 66, of Newton, went to his heavenly home Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Lee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Kenneth Lee Abernethy, 79, of Newton, passed away Feb. 9, 2011, at his residence. Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church.
For the folks at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office, there isn’t a day more romantic or special than Valentine’s Day.
Traditionally a day for weddings, many couples decide to marry on Valentine’s Day.
For the fifth consecutive year, couples will exchange wedding vows at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office.
And then there were three.
After Tuesdayâ€™s State Team Dual tournament opening rounds, only three area teams remain in the hunt for a state championship.
St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard survived in the 3A, while Newton-Conover was the lone team in 2A to make it through.
The added benefit for these teams is that they face different circumstances than their opening contests. Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard both host matches on Thursday.
St. Stephens will travel, but it will be a much shorter distance, as they head to Foard for their third and fourth round competition.
Several Claremont residents took on the responsibility of keeping the city clean by adopting a street.
Four groups chose to adopt city streets and keep them clear of trash as part of Claremont's Adopt-a-Street program. Claremont City Council presented those groups with signs Tuesday at the council's February meeting.
"We put this program together to help people get more involved in picking up litter," said Henry Helton, of the city's recreation department.
River Bend Middle School students started an awards assembly Wednesday sitting quietly in their seats.
But by the end of the assembly, most students and teachers were out of their seats, singing, laughing and dancing to music.
Unknowing students attended what they thought was an awards assembly, only to be surprised with an "flash mob," where students and teachers, dispersed randomly throughout the audience, performed choreographed dance moves and sang.
William “Bill” Monroe Smith, 64, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
John Fredrick “Fred” Thompson, 87, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Thompson family.
Residents driving around Newton on Wednesday might have noticed police cars from several agencies driving throughout the city.
Police officers from Valdese, Boiling Springs, Boone and many other agencies in western North Carolina were in Newton for radar training activities.
Officers are expected to continue the training for a couple days, and residents can expect to see the police officers and their vehicles throughout the city.
The man charged with being intoxicated during a fatal collision had a pending DWI at the time of the crash.
Brian Todd Hieb, 43, of Sherrills Ford, was allegedly drunk when his pickup truck crashed into another vehicle Tuesday, killing Sandra Fay Campbell, 50, of Denver, instantly.
North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper C.M. Trouille, who investigated the crash, said Hieb has a pending DWI charge in Watauga County stemming from an incident in August 2010.