November 5th, 2010
Catawba County's Hazardous Materials Response Team responded Friday to a reported chemical release at a Newton facility.
The call was part of a training drill, which was designed to test the team's response capabilities during a major chemical release or spill.
"You're always going to have some issues in training," said Ryan Monteith, HAZMAT coordinator for the Catawba County Fire and Rescue Division. "That's the goal of the drill. We're trying to get better."
Mary Belle Jarrett Huffman, 90, of Conover, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at her residence after a period of declining health for several years. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Burke Goble, 90, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Robert Burke Goble.
Three teens were injured Wednesday in a single-car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Mt. Olive Church Road near the intersection of Ruth Avenue in Newton.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle, Melinda Cobie Carpenter, of Conover, admitted she drank six shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel. Carpenter turned 19 on Tuesday.
Jacobs Fork Middle School students itching to climb behind the wheel of a car learn how a build a skeletal vehicle years before they are eligible for a license.
They use miniature gears, wheels and belts to construct working models of car transmissions during automation and robotics class.
The class is part of Jacobs Fork Middle's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, which promotes hands-on learning for professional success beyond the classroom.
A recent string of crime in Sherrills Ford could be the work of several people.
At least four boat batteries were stolen since Oct. 22 from boats kept in the Sherrills Ford area. Several homes were also broken into, resulting in more than $6,800 of property stolen or damaged.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the battery thefts are likely the work of one person, and several other people are possibly responsible for the home break-ins.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers went swashbuckling through another regular season. Head coach Shannon Hudson and the Buccaneers started the season with a 3-0 loss at the beginning of the season to Cape Fear Community College, but they rallied and won 10 of their next 11 matches en route to a 19-5 overall record.
CVCC ended the season 12-2 in conference play and earned the top seed from the West at this weekend’s Carolinas-Virginia Conference volleyball tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.
Alfredo Dominguez has only one more race to run this season — the state meet. And the junior cross country runner from Newton-Conover wants to finish well despite some pre-race jitters.
“I’m just nervous about it, but I’m actually ready for it,” Dominguez said. “This means a lot. I can’t go in there and mess around. I’m going to try my best, and hopefully everything will pay off.”
Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election increased from the last midterm election four years ago.
About 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election, which increased from 36 percent in the 2006 midterm election.
"There was a lot of interest in this election, so that helped turnout," said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "I thought it went very well."
Voters cast 41,686 ballots in the election, which is 40.47 percent of the county's 103,003 registered voters.
A Tuttle Elementary School student collected more than 4,000 clothing items in three weeks to benefit underprivileged children in Haiti.
Samuel Owensby, 9, discovered impoverished children in the earthquake-ravaged country needed clothes, and he wasn't content until he came up with a plan to make a difference.
"I just really wanted to help out," Samuel said.
Police recovered a bone Wednesday in Caldwell County that could shed light on what happened to Zahra Baker.
Police wouldn't comment on what kind of bone was found or where in Caldwell County the bone was located.
According to the Hickory Police Department, the bone will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for further testing. If the medical examiner's results determine the bone is involved in the case, the bone will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation for additional testing.