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October 4th, 2011

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.

Police seek pair connected to truck chase

October 3, 2011

Claremont police are looking for suspects who led an officer on a chase that ended in a wreck early Monday morning.

Police found personal information where a deserted truck involved in the chase crashed in Conover. Officers believe Adrian Johnson and Lashanda Ikard were involved in the incident.

Claremont officer D. Allen was on patrol at about 3:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed a truck in the parking lot of the RockTenn business at 2690 Kelly Boulevard in Claremont.

Drugs found in dog food bag

October 3, 2011

Police arrested a Lake Toxaway man near Newton on Saturday for selling marijuana out of a bag of dog food in his car.

Conover police stopped Dylan Forest Hampton, 25, of 98 Flat Ridge Road in Lake Toxaway, on Saturday on charges of reckless and careless driving.

After a search of Hampton’s 2001 Dodge Ram Van, Newton authorities found 232.1 grams of marijuana inside a bag of dog food in the vehicle, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

“He was carrying dope for sale and delivery out of his car,” Yarborough said.

Fire destroys Maiden home

October 3, 2011

A Maiden home was destroyed early Sunday morning after a fire ripped through a home on Withers Road.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire that started at about 2:51 a.m. Sunday, but the home is a “total loss,” said Catawba County Fire Investigator David Pruitt.

“It was a working fire coming through the roof when firemen arrived on the scene,” Pruitt said.

There was no one inside the residence at the time of the fire, and the residents were out of town, Pruitt said.

Maiden Fire Department responded to the blaze and was assisted by Bandys Fire Department.

Roommate murder case postponed

October 3, 2011

The trial of a 19-year-old accused of murdering his roommate was postponed until December as the defendant's lawyer seeks an expert to conduct biological testing.

Michael Joseph Anderson, a Kings Mountain native, is charged with first-degree murder after admitting to killing Stephen Starr earlier this year in their Ruth Drive home.

Flu vaccines ready

October 3, 2011

Since the H1N1 pandemic during the 2009-10 flu season, vaccine supply and demand has been an important issue during winter months.

Catawba County suppliers say they recently received doses of the 2011-12 flu vaccine, one that should protect against the influenza B, H1N1 and H3N2 viruses.

Since the virus is always changing, a new strand of the flu could create a virus that requires a new vaccine. Local providers say they have enough of the current vaccine to go around.

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