September 8th, 2010
When Lorrie Dean was raising her children as a single parent, the backpack program could have helped her out immensely.
Now that Dean’s children are adults, she wants to help families who are struggling to put food on the table, just as she did.
Dean is one of many Catawba County BB&T employees who started volunteering Wednesday for the county’s backpack program, which provides free meals for underprivileged children during weekends.
The bill is in for repairing a water line break that affected most Newton city water customers last month, and city leaders were surprised by the cost estimates.
Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said a water line break along U.S. 70 early in the morning on Aug. 24 will cost the city about $59,000.
"I would have thought it would be five times that," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who previously called the water line break a "budget buster."
A Newton home was damaged Wednesday after a fire broke out in the kitchen.
Homeowner Casey Wilfong was outside her residence at 4464 Hickory Lincolnton Highway shortly before 11 a.m. when she heard the smoke detector beeping inside her house.
She went back into the single-story home, saw flames in the kitchen near the sink and called 9-1-1.
“You don’t want to know what I was thinking (when I saw the fire),” she said. “You really don’t want to know.”
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.