Archive - Aug 2010 - News Article
Two new businesses will soon find homes in downtown Conover.
Owner John Cline hopes to open a side-by-side real estate business and restaurant, located at the intersection of West First Street and First Avenue North in downtown Conover.
“Downtown is a great place,” Cline said. “We’re really hoping to bring people to downtown.”
The space was previously Pappy’s Five Point Café.
A Lawndale trucker is dead after an oncoming truck struck him Friday while he stood on U.S. 321 in Hickory.
Harley James Stanley, 46, was driving a Davenport Transportation truck carrying mail. The U.S. Postal Service contracts the Georgia-based company for mail hauling. Stanley’s truck broke down early Friday morning near the River Road exit on U.S. 321.
Catawba Town Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss budget problems. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with a closed session to discuss personnel matters, and then Council members will move into open session to discuss issues with the town’s budget.
“We’re going to have to make some changes in the budget,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling.
Two men entered a Newton home Wednesday offering financial assistance. Less than 10 minutes later, the men left with the homeownerâ€™s wallet.
The homeownerâ€™s female relative was visiting the manâ€™s residence about 1:15 p.m., and when she opened the door to enter the house, the suspects came in behind her.
â€śIt was an uninvited and illegal entry,â€ť said Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough. â€śBut it was more of a rush-in situation. They went in and were trying to get (the man and woman) off their guard.â€ť
One residential property in Maiden was cleaned to rectify nuisance ordinance violations, and additional violating properties are under investigation.
â€śWe donâ€™t mess around,â€ť said Sam Schultz, Maiden planning director. â€śWe send out a letter, and weâ€™re coming.â€ť
Maiden recently implemented a public hearing based-process to clean and rectify properties in violation of the townâ€™s nuisance ordinance.
â€śMaiden takes a lot of pride in itself,â€ť Schultz said. â€śIf you have a person who isnâ€™t doing what theyâ€™re supposed to be doing, theyâ€™re endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.â€ť
The off-duty Huntersville Police detective who was involved in a minor accident in Catawba County and later killed in a one-car collision was legally drunk at the time of the crash.
Tests from the N.C. Medical Examinerâ€™s Office revealed that Kimberly Sue Nesbitt, 43, of Mooresville, had a blood alcohol level of .22 when she crashed her car July 5 on Lowrance Road near Catawba, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.E. Rudisill.
A driver is legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, which means Nesbitt was more than three times over the legal limit at the time of the crash.
A lot on South Main Street in Catawba was used for civil war re-enactments, Boy Scout displays, town festivals and green-space preservation.
Those uses will stop, however, because the property was sold Tuesday to a private buyer after Catawba Town Councilâ€™s controversial decision Monday not to purchase the property.
â€śPeopleâ€™s ideas of whatâ€™s best for the town are different,â€ť said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling at the councilâ€™s Monday meeting. â€śOpinions vary â€¦ Some of them felt if you had a purpose for (the land), it would be better for it.â€ť