September 9th, 2010
Certain roads in Catawba County are expected to be paved in the coming months, following a recommendation by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the NCDOT, presented the Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with the NCDOT’s priority list for paving and widening secondary roads in the county.
The county was allocated $1,580,200 in North Carolina highway funds to use in the projects, and all of the funding is expected to be utilized.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened Tuesday, and after two days, the shelter is back to overcrowded conditions.
The shelter housed 119 cats and dogs at noon on Thursday, which exceeds the shelter’s capacity by 41 animals.
But for Jane Tse, of Hickory, surrendering her dog to the animal shelter Thursday was her only choice.
Tse’s daughter died in October, and she has cared for her daughter’s dog since her death.
“She was just too sick to take care of (the dog),” Tse said.
Area WATCH DOGS organizations put a leash on school violence.
The WATCH Dads of Great Students (DOGS) organization is comprised of volunteer father figures, like dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers, who commit time in area schools to be positive role models for students.
Michelle Ann Baxter Borrelli, 46, of Maiden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at her residence. The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, from 1–2 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.
Kelly Regina Cardwell, 50, of Catawba, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Cardwell family entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Hickory and Lakewood were locked in a battle Wednesday during the first two innings of the playoff opener at L.P. Frans Stadium. Hickory starter Neil Ramirez held the Northern Divisionâ€™s top team scoreless through two innings, but things quickly unraveled in the third.
â€śMomentum is a funny thing,â€ť said Bill Richardson, Crawdads manager.Â
The Newton-Conover Red Devils earned their first soccer win of the season Wednesday. The Red Devils won 1-0 at Maiden. Chandler Johnson scored the match's lone goal in the 26th minute, and Eli Cordes earned the assist.
Newton-Conover is 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2A and 1-7 overall. Maiden dropped to 1-5 overall on 0-1 in conference play.
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Terry Aviles led the Bears in a conference win Wednesday at home against the Cavaliers. Aviles scored one of the Bearsâ€™ four goals and assisted on two more.
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.