Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
Michael Norris just wants to fix cars.
And apparently, that desire is a genetic trait passed on from generation to generation.
Norris, 28, of Maiden, is a third-generation member of the automotive repair industry. His father and grandfather worked in auto-body repair, and now Norris has his own auto-mechanical repair store, Norris Auto Clinic, in Newton.
Just as Norris has a history in the automotive industry, so does the building he works in. Norris' grandfather, Red Norris, operated his auto-body business in a building next-door, which is now Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning.
Conover cleans up after sewage spill Christmas Eve.
The spill happened on Keisler Road near a Conover Pump Station. Debris caused about 4,500 gallons of raw sewage to overflow at a manhole in Conover.
The sewage entered a tributary of McLin Creek, which flows into the Catawba River.
A Hickory man was charged with driving while impaired Monday after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a Mountain View residence.
Michael Dawson Keever, 58, of Hickory, was traveling east on Bethel Church Road at 8:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.
Christmas is over, but shopping hasn't stopped.
Area businesses say Christmas shopping didn't decline this year, echoing national consumer reports that claim holiday shopping increased this year.
"We had some really good sales this year, so I think that drew people in," said Peggy Carter, who works at Shops on Main in Conover.
The store has been open about five years, and Carter said this year was busy.
Mary Hudson, of Taylorsville, came to browse the store Monday. The weekend's winter weather, she said, didn't deter her from hitting stores.
The weekend's snow gave county residents a white Christmas, but it also gave them potentially treacherous travel conditions.
State and local crews forfeited their Christmas breaks this weekend to spend Saturday and Sunday clearing and preparing roadways for motorists.
Public works crews and emergency responders, however, had few difficulties.
"It was very uneventful for that much snow," said Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, of the county's requests for emergency services during the winter weather. "I think the timing was good."
Snowfall blanketed Catawba County during the holiday weekend, but the resulting ice and snow caused mostly minor problems for county residents.
Catawba County received about 5-8 inches of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The holiday snowfall marks the first white Christmas for the area in more than six decades.
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An elderly Maiden couple died after an automobile accident Thursday morning on N.C. 16.
Vera Caldwell, 90, was driving herself and her husband, Frank, 94, in their 2002 Ford Escape when they were hit by a 2011 Honda minivan driven by Heather Joyner, 40, of Hickory.
The impact spun the Caldwellsâ€™ car onto the shoulder of the road in the southbound lane and sent Joynerâ€™s car off the road to the left.
Joyner was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Catawba County residents might not have a white Christmas this year.
But for many residents, it will be a bright Christmas with elaborate and festive holiday decorations.
Homes throughout the county are decorated in varying degrees of holiday cheer, with white and colored lights, inflatable snow globes, nativity scenes and, of course, Christmas trees.
"We decorate every year," said Patty Tucker, who lives with her family on West Sixth Street in Newton. "We've gotten a little more extensive with it since the kids have come."
Conover strives to be a "community of choice" in Catawba County.
This means a safe place for residents and their families and a dynamic economic environment for businesses, said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.
To make that vision a reality, city officials work to plan goals and realize those accomplishments each year, and the city adopted mission and vision statements about a year ago when Moritz took office.