October 28th, 2010
The National Weather service confirmed Wednesday evening what Claremont residents already knew: a tornado touched down Tuesday in the city.
The tornado hit about 7:45 p.m. one mile southwest of Claremont to one mile northeast of Claremont.
The tornado track started at Progressive Furniture on Penny Road and continued until the storm disbanded half a mile northeast of Centennial Boulevard on the northeast side of Claremont.
According to the NWS, the tornado reached speeds of 110 mph. It had a path of two miles, and a maximum width of 100 yards.
Jane Coley Sigmon, 76, of Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba County. The Sigmon family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Home and Crematory Services in Newton.
Richard E. "Dick" Dawson, 82, of Madison, Miss., formerly of Newton and Hickory, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Lenoir-Rhyne kicker Colin Corpe is having a special week. Corpe garnered two awards for his performance Saturday in the Bearsâ€™ home win, their first since 2006, over Tusculum.
Corpe won the South Atlantic Conferenceâ€™s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, and on Wednesday he won the D2Football.comâ€™s weekly special teams player award.
Corpe made four field goals Saturday, including a career-long, 47-yard kick, and two extra points scoring 14 points in Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s 34-31 win.
Friday is planned as a teacher work day for Catawba County Schools. But Claremont Elementary students and staff will have Friday as a make-up day after canceling school Wednesday.
CCS Public Information Officer Carleen Crawford said Claremont Elementary students will go to school Friday as scheduled, but will be released by 12:30 p.m.
Claremont Elementary principal Chris Gibbs announced Wednesday for teachers to report to the school as they could after storms hit Catawba County on Tuesday night. Wednesday was the school's teacher work day to leave Friday open for students to attend.
Three Catawba County areas were impacted by Tuesday's tornado-like weather as it whipped through various parts of the county.
The Catawba County Emergency Services is reviewing damages in Claremont, the Sherrills Ford and Terrell area, along with the Cooksville and Vale areas. Karyn Yaussy, with emergency services, said Wednesday during a press conference that at least 47 homes sustained minor to major damage, along with at least 10 businesses with major damage. Yaussy said the damage ranged from $40,000 to more than $1 million in repairs.
A two-vehicle accident blocked Springs Road for more than an hour early Wednesday morning.
Maria Montiel, 41, of Conover, was driving her 1997 Chevrolet north on Springs Road when she went crossed the centerline and hit a 2006 Ford 500 passenger car driven by Jose Jesus Saucedaraiz, 19, of Conover.
N.C. Highway Trooper B.K. Perkins said Montiel's car hit the Ford car head-on at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, totaling both vehicles. The impact sent the Ford vehicle off of the roadway.