February 14th, 2014
Not even the snow and ice could put out the fire in Newton.
City officials, along with the police and fire department personnel, were in attendance for Fridayâ€™sÂ groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station headquarters.
Attorney David Learner has filed in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections as a candidate for District Attorney for Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties.
Known throughout the local criminal justice system, Learner has been a prosecutor and a trial attorney who has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity.
Winter weather this past week forced changes in the prep sports schedule.
Five regular season finales in boys basketball were postponed from Friday, including Bandys at Newton-Conover, Bunker Hill at West Caldwell, Hickory at Hibriten, Maiden at Lincolnton and St. Stephens at Fred T. Foard.
The 2A and 3A Western Regional wrestling tournaments take place Saturday.
The 2A event will be held at Owen High School in Black Mountain, while the 3A tournament will take place at North Gaston High.
None reported as of press time
Maggie Lois Pope Korn, age 89, formerly of Catawba, died on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The family will receive friends following the service on Saturday at the church.
Both Catawba County and the city of Conover have issued States of Emergency following winter weather in the area.
Katherine "Kitty: Barnes, chair of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, issued a State of Emergency for Catawba County as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
The city of Conover followed suit, declaring a State of Emergency as of 2:22pm on Wednesday.
Newton-Conover City and Catawba County school systems are both closed for Thursday, Feb. 13 in lieu of inclement weather.
Both systems announced their closing around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Denise Finger Calloway, age 58, of Conover, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at her residence. In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to daughter, Lisa Penley.
Bryan Keith Bryant, 53, of Iron Station, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at CMC Lincoln. There are no services scheduled at this time.
Joua Lee, age 89, of Connelly Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. There will be no services at this time.