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August 20th

None charged in battery thefts

August 20, 2010

Two people got a shock this week when they tried to start their vehicles and nothing happened.
They returned to their cars and found thieves stole their car batteries.
The thefts happened on two different occasions in the parking lot of Catawba Valley Community College’s main campus.
Both incidents happened Tuesday afternoon, about four hours apart, in broad daylight.
“When the person took the battery, they did it quickly,” said Capt. Roy Brown, of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.  

Marching bands hit the field

August 20, 2010

They’ve practiced drills for weeks, sweated in 90-degree weather, and now they’re ready to take the field on Friday nights this fall in crisp uniforms.
No, it’s not area football teams; it’s the marching bands.
High school band and color guard members, as well as their directors, practiced for weeks in preparation of upcoming football and marching band season.
And just like the football players who make touchdown passes look effortless, band members, too, work hard to deliver an exciting performance every Friday night.

County continues property revaluation process

August 20, 2010

 

The county tax office, which is amidst a more than two-year revaluation process, aims to mail property owners new valuation notices in mid-November.

Revaluation, which takes place every four years in Catawba County, aims to reflect accurate land values in the county.

State law requires North Carolina counties to conduct property revaluations every eight years, but counties are allowed to revalue property more frequently.

Arndt project on schedule

August 20, 2010

A $5.3-million renovation project at Arndt Middle School is under way and on schedule, but there are a few things parents, students and staff need to be aware of before starting the new school year.
Rick Sain, Catawba County Schools facilities management director, said the staff and visitor parking lot is complete and the driveway for parents to drop off students is finished. However, a new road that connects Arndt and to Sulphur Springs Road is still under construction.

August 19th

Reunion Day 2010

August 19, 2010

Don't forget to pick up a copy of The O-N-E's Friday edition for more pictures from the 121st Soldiers Reunion.

See snapshots from this year's Reunion Day Parade, memorial services, American Legion fish fry and more.

You can also read about Reunion Day's memorial services, where Congressional Medal of Honor recipient retired Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell spoke to service attendees.

Littrell is only the second Medal of Honor recipient to speak during a Soldiers Reunion memorial service in the event's 121-year history.

Truck overturns

August 19, 2010

A dump truck fell into a ditch Thursday and overturned after its driver attempted to avoid a collision.

The truck was traveling on N.C. 10 west shortly before 3 p.m. when a vehicle in front of the driver stopped on the roadway.

The driver, whose name wasn’t available as of press time Thursday, didn’t have time to stop and turned the wheel to the right in an attempt to avoid a rear-end collision. T

Reunion heroes honored

August 19, 2010

The 121st Soldiers Reunion honored heroes.

Whether they are heroes of generations gone by, soldiers fighting overseas in current conflicts or  tomorrow’s servicemen and women, the Reunion honors them all.

Thousands of Catawba County residents gathered Thursday for Reunion Day and celebrated their heroes with memorial services, parades and patriotism.

Flash Watch Issued

August 19, 2010

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for portions of the Piedmont and western North Carolina effective until 10 p.m. Thursday. In western North Carolina, Alexander, Catawba, east Polk and greater Rutherford. In the Piedmont, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Rowan.

Heavy rain will accompany thunderstorms this afternoon. and flooding may occur.

Places that experienced heavy rainfall and flooding this morning will be especially vulnerable to flooding later today. This flooding could last into the early evening hours.

August 18th

Babies parade on Court Square

August 18, 2010

Amber Merrill cried when her 6-month-old daughter won the Soldiers Reunion Baby Parade.

Though Merrill cried tears of joy for Peyton’s win, she also cried because her daughter’s father wasn’t there to see her win the birth to age 1 division of the parade.

Peyton’s father, Ethan Merrill, is serving time in Afghanistan, where he has been for about 10 weeks. “We’re very proud,” Merrill said of her daughter’s win.

Reunion Week schedule

August 18, 2010

The 121st annual Soldiers Reunion continues today for Reunion Day on the Court Square in downtown Newton. Here is a schedule of today's events, as well as scheduled events to finish Reunion Week.

Thursday
9 a.m. Activities start on the Court Square with many vendors participating.
10 a.m. Memorial service to honor veterans who died in the past year. The guest speaker will be N.C. Department of the American Legion Commander Bill Oxford of Lenoir. The event will be held on the Court Square in Newton.

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