September 8th, 2010
The former PTO treasurer accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Webb A. Murray Elementary School had her case continued.
Holly LaFone Specht, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court. Her case was continued to Nov. 1.
The defense made a motion for continuance for time needed to obtain financial documents relevant to the case.
Specht was indicted in April on charges of embezzlement by a public official, obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of forging endorsement.
A Conover man was convicted Tuesday of three felony sex offenses.
A jury in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court convicted David Gene Carle, 49, with felony first-degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Carle was sentenced to at least 192 months and no more than 240 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Jury selection for Carle’s trial started Aug. 31, and the jury returned their verdict Tuesday after 20 minutes of deliberation.
Conover's $1.7-million sewer project is complete.
During Tuesday's city council meeting, W.K. Dickson project manager Ryan Hager presented council members with details regarding the sewer project, which was funded through American Recovery Reinvestment Act.
Hager said 45,000 feet of sewer pipe was cleaned and repaired. The repairs include 112 point repairs, 1,325 feet of new sewer pipes, installed manholes and 5,964 feet of new cure-in-place pipe liner, to name a few upgrades.
The YMCA of Catawba Valley Board of Directors unanimously ratified the hiring of Bob Conklin as the association’s president and chief executive officer, succeeding Phil DiCasolo who is retiring after serving 38 years of YMCA professional service.
Joseph Thomas Caldwell, 42, of Maiden, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2010.
Newton-Conover running back Octavius Harden, pictured with head coach Nick Bazzle, is the winner of this weekâ€™s Golden Helmet Award presented by Coca-Cola. Harden on Friday against Hickory returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and rushed for two more in the Red Devilsâ€™ 48-34 win. He finished the game with 19 carries and 198 yards rushing
Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, and it wants to bounce back this week with a win at home.
The Bears play the Davidson Wildcats at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne is 1-1 this season, and Davidson is 0-1 after a 20-10 season-opening loss to Georgetown. The Bears lost 20-17 on Saturday to Concord.
A Catawba woman is charged with felony hit and run following a collision that injured a 4-year-old boy.
Newton Police charged Paula Schronce Finney, 40, on Friday after she allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Northwest Boulevard and left the scene before police arrived.
Kelvin Stacy Perkins, 39, of Conover, told police he was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and West 15th Street when a vehicle struck him from behind, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Catawba County residents are one step closer to receiving notices in the mail detailing what their property is worth.
The Board of Commissioners accepted the tax office’s 2011 schedule of values, which outlines how the county’s 87,000 parcels of land will be valued by appraisers.
Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan presented the schedule of values to the commissioners at the board’s Tuesday meeting.
A member of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday he will not fulfill the remainder of his term on the board.
Glenn Barger submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting in light of his new position as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools.