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October 5th, 2011

Newton won't deter sidewalk sales

October 5, 2011

Businesses in Newton can sell merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their locations — although city code hasn't officially prevented them from doing so in the recent past.

October 4th

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 4, 2011

Charles Franklin Stroupe, 84, of Conover, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2011 at his residence.  Born June 2, 1927 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Glenn and Estelle Womack Stroupe.  The Stroupe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 

Brentie “Brenda” Heafner Queen, 80, of Newton, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at her residence.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Queen family.

One wild night in Hickory

October 4, 2011

It was a Monday night in Hickory, and the only thing separating me and a penguin was a camera.

Down on all fours and leaning on my elbows, I stuck the lens inches from the bird’s beak.

“I hope you’re getting some good pictures,” Jack Hanna said into a microphone that echoed to more than 2,000 people inside Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Shuford Gymnasium. “I have to go half-way around the world to get pictures that close.”

People brushed shoulders as laughter filled the gym.

Hanna, a world-renowned zookeeper and animal expert, was making fun of me.

County approves health care merger

October 4, 2011

A behavioral health organization will serve nearly 1 million people in eight counties when three groups complete a planned merger.

Catawba County commissioners approved an intent-to-merge agreement on Monday that allows Mental Health Partners (MHP) to join with two regional service providers. The merger between the behavioral healthcare groups will create a Managed Care Organization that will serve eight counties.

Claremont approves incentive agreement with new store

October 4, 2011

Claremont’s newest business is getting some help from the city and producing jobs in return.

Claremont officials approved an economic development agreement on Monday between the city and the recently opened Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply.

The agreement calls for the business to create and retain at least 10 jobs and build improvements to the facility at 4860 S. Depot St. in Claremont. In return, the hardware store will get tax deferment incentives over five years and a streetscape enhancement grant.

Conover nets awards for 'green' development

October 4, 2011

City Manager Donald Duncan says Conover officials don't seek awards for work to improve the town.

Two statewide awards this month will spotlight Conover's green-development efforts anyways.

The city learned Monday it will receive one of two Susan Burgess Awards from the N.C. League of Municipalities (NCLM) for green initiatives at its Conover Station development and other projects.

Getrag becomes GKN Driveline

October 4, 2011

Almost 550 employees working in Getrag Corp.'s Maiden axle manufacturing facility are no longer working for the German-based company.

Instead, when they arrived at work Monday, they walked into buildings operating under the new name GKN Driveline, a 252-year-old British industrial company.

Approved in July, a $440 million acquisition of Getrag, including two North America locations, makes GKN Driveline a world leading producer of automotive components used in all-wheel drive vehicles and eDrive systems.

October 3rd

Passion for the pantry

October 3, 2011

Diane Urtel says her father Charlie Bunn always cleaned his plate at dinner.

Bunn learned to be on time for meals while growing up on a tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina, Urtel said, because there might not have been any food left if he was late.

“That could have been part of why he had the passion of feeding the hungry,” Urtel said of her father. “You were never late for a meal on the farm.”

Juveniles crash car into house

October 3, 2011

A juvenile joy ride ended in destruction Saturday night in Newton.
A truck packed with five juveniles crashed into the left side of a Newton woman’s home. The accident left two of the passengers injured and a gaping hole in the residence. The juveniles' names were not released because of their ages.

Newton police say a patrolling officer spotted a 2007 Toyota truck pulling out of a shopping center on 20th Street at about 8:52 p.m. Saturday. After the truck full of minors noticed the police cruiser, authorities say the vehicle took off rapidly down 20th street.

Men caught stealing car parts

October 3, 2011

It was a short drive to the Catawba County Jail for two thieves.
Authorities arrested two Hickory men on Monday who tried to steal car parts from vehicles parked outside the sheriff’s office in Newton.

The two thieves cut a catalytic converter from a 1977 Chevrolet Silverado parked just outside the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning and were getting ready to leave, said Sheriff Coy Reid.

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