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December 23rd

Break-in reported at Geppeto's

December 23, 2010

Police are investigating a reported break-in after a thief made off with money from a popular area restaurant.

An employee of Geppeto's Pizza and More in Newton unlocked the downtown Newton restaurant Thursday at about 9 a.m. to find the cash register in disarray, said Newton Police Department Lt. M.D. Beal.

The employee called 9-1-1, and police arrived on the scene minutes later. After searching the building, investigators determined an unknown suspect gained access to the restaurant by prying open the back door.

NPD hires traffic safety officer

December 23, 2010

Speeders and drunk drivers beware.

Newton Police Department recently hired a traffic enforcement officer to keep the city a safe place to live, work and drive.

Officer Brett Williams will patrol Newton's streets, looking for traffic violations in an effort to make the city and its citizens safer.

"My main objective is to make our city a safer place to live," Williams said. "We will be actively looking for infractions."

December 22nd

Area churches celebrate holidays

December 22, 2010

Those hoping to celebrate the Christmas season through worship have a wide range of church services to choose from during the holidays.

For those who enjoy music during their Christmas services, New Vision Church of Conover offers two Christmas Eve services with plenty to sing about.

"We're going to sing a lot of carols and have a lot of songs," said the Rev. Ann Aichinger of New Vision. "Basically, it's a very simple, beautiful service."

Giving the gifts of smiles

December 22, 2010

The Catawba County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police collected more than 100 toys and stuffed animals to donate to sick and needy children and adults spending the holiday season in the hospital.

FOP volunteers distributed the gifts Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to give away the gifts and make recipients smile.

"We're here to see smiles," said FOP president Carl Pope, who is retired from the Highway Patrol. "Whether it's from the adults or the kids, we just want to see smiles."

Hit, run driver causes $6K in damage

December 22, 2010

Newton Police are looking for a motorist who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage when the driver's car crashed into an apartment building.

The incident happened Wednesday several minutes after midnight at the Sandalwood Apartments at East 11th Street and Mount Olive Church Road in Newton.

The driver of a white and gray Jeep was parked at building 712 near apartment A when, according to a witness, the motorist drove from the parked position straight into the apartment building. The motorist then left the scene of the crash.

Maiden strives to maintain finances

December 22, 2010

Maiden officials are optimistic about the town's financial stability and are hoping for continued success in the upcoming year.

"We've had a good year," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "And to do that in this economy is a good thing."

Every department in the town operated under budget in the last fiscal year, and town officials didn't have to access its reserves to make it through the year.

The town operates at 72.42 percent of its unreserved fund balance as compared to total expenditure, which far exceeds the Local Government Commission's recommended 8-12 percent.

Charges unlikely for woman

December 22, 2010

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Charges are unlikely for a North Carolina woman so upset about her financial situation she walked into a TV station and put what turned out to be an unloaded gun to her head, a police spokesman said

Wendy Cosby Naidas, 51, of Conover was only a threat to herself, not anyone in WSOC-TV's studios in Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Robert Fey said. She was undergoing a mental evaluation at a Charlotte hospital.

December 21st

Fire rips through duplex

December 21, 2010

A woman and her child were treated for possible smoke inhalation Tuesday after a fire broke out in their Newton duplex.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 405 E. J St., where they found a working structure fire on the right side of a one-story duplex.
"There was a significant amount of fire showing when we arrived," said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Financial stability Catawba's top goal

December 21, 2010

One year ago, Catawba Mayor Vance Readling said two controversial construction projects were dividing the town.

Now, the projects are delayed indefinitely in light of financial restraints, but town officials are looking to the coming months to get Catawba's budget back on track.

Readling cited budgetary stability as his top goal for the town in the coming year.

"I think we're going to have to focus on all aspects of the budget, from revenue to expenditures," Readling said.

Holiday cheer for elderly population

December 21, 2010

The elderly population represents about 13 percent of United States residents.

That 13 percent translates to about one in eight Americans, according to the Administration on Aging.

Of the elderly population, millions of people live in nursing homes or are confined to their residences because of serious illnesses or disabilities.

But thanks to area agencies, senior citizens living in Catawba County can enjoy the comforts of the holiday season.

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