January 13th, 2011
With a mission to offer the best in classical ballet training, The Newton-Conover Auditorium opened The NewArt School of Ballet. Ballet professionals Melissa and Michael French will teach the classes, which will be offered for all levels of experience — from the beginning enthusiast, for the student who needs advanced training, and for the student who wants to prepare for a professional career in dance.
Rimer Wade Baird, 97, of Lincolnton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Brian Center in Lincolnton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary in Maiden.
Kou Her, 17, of Conover, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Hmong funeral starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Startown Gathering Center at Jenkins Funeral Home in Newton and conclude Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at noon.
It could be months before Catawba County residents walk along the seashore in a bathing suit, but that won't stop resolution-makers from getting a jump start on their fitness goals for the new year.
Resolution season is in full swing this month, and county fitness centers noticed an increase in their membership as more people vow to have a healthier 2011.
The Shuford YMCA in Conover had 108 new memberships since December, which Community Wellness director Daniel White said can be attributed, in part, to New Year's resolutions.
A Claremont man was injured Wednesday after his SUV slid on ice and crashed into a building.
Joshua Gage Byrd, 19, was driving west on West B Street in Newton when he turned into a shopping center to purchase cigarettes, said Newton Police Sgt. D.T. Harris.
Byrd was traveling about 20 mph when he pressed on the brakes of his Ford Explorer and drove down a hill into the shopping center.
Harris said the hill was covered in ice, and Byrd's vehicle crashed into the shopping center.
Soda machines in Conover might feel neglected during January, or at least that's what the city's mayor hopes.
Conover is participating in an initiative to elminate soda and encourage healthy hydration in North and South Carolina. Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr., city officials and staff committed to 30 days of no soda. Instead of fizzy drinks, participants drink at least 60 ounces of water a day to remain hydrated.
The Mayor's Challenge is part of NoFizzCLT, a nonprofit organization designed to educate the public about the dangers of drinking too much soda and not enough water.
Hard work from schools' maintenance departments and area public works departments isn't enough to get all students back in school Thursday.
Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools canceled classes for students Thursday, after surveying roads Wednesday afternoon. Newton-Conover City Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday.
"Our maintenance department has been working, since the snow and sleet stopped falling, to clear walkways and partial areas of the parking lots for staff," said CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger in an e-mail to staff Wednesday.
All branches of the Catawba County Library will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday because icy roads expected tonight.â€¨Catawba County Library branches are located in Newton, Claremont, Conover and Maiden, and in the Sherrills Ford, Southwest and St. Stephens areas of Catawba County.
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the Ridgeview Library will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Highland Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday and all evening classes are canceled.
Ellis Roy Pugh, 78, of Conover, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
Joey Lynn Keller, 48, of Hickory, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Keller family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Everyone knows winter preparedness is critical before, during and
after a winter storm strikes.
This week's snow and ice was the second major storm of this winter but Catawba County residents continue to purchase emergency items and services needed in light of adverse weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, people should compile emergency preparedness kits to use during winter storm events.
The NWS says these kits should include the following items:
-A flashlight and extra batteries.
Newton-Conover wrestler Andrew Tremain is pinned to the ground.
He isnâ€™t down on the mat, but rather it was his life off the mat that changed. Tremain, 19, was ruled ineligible to compete by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Oct. 15 because of his age.
Now, the defending state champion in the 285-pound weight class is trying to keep focused and look ahead to his future.
Tremainâ€™s age issue was created when he was held back in kindergarten after moving to the area from New York. He also started late in school.