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August 15th

Reunion continues with car show

August 15, 2010

Despite the start of a cloudy Sunday, car enthusiasts and spectators filled the streets of downtown Newton for the annual Soldiers Reunion Cruisin' and Car Show.

Automobiles of different models and colors started arriving along College Avenue and Main Street in the morning hours on Sunday. The viewing of cars officially started at 2:30 p.m. All registered vehicles will cruise the streets at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Newton.

2 wrecks, 6-vehicle pileup

August 15, 2010

Slick road conditions caused a six-vehicle pileup Sunday on U.S. 321 near Maiden.

A small SUV was traveling in the north-bound lane of U.S. 321 about 1:30 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned, hit a retaining wall and bounced back into traffic, said Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps.

“It was raining at the time,” Hipps said. “It was heavy, heavy rain, and water had accumulated on the road.”

August 13th

County crime increases in summer

August 13, 2010

Thieves made off with more than $6,000 of property taken from a home in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two or more unknown suspects who allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Fairgrove Church Road, said Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
More than 20 items were stolen from the residence, including a laptop computer, a weed eater, a shotgun, office supplies and tools.

Car crashes into Conover business

August 13, 2010

An early morning drive Wednesday ended with a car crashing into a Conover business.
Tiffany Robinson, 23, of Hickory, was driving west at 1:25 a.m. on U.S. 70-A West when her accelerator got stuck, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, said Conover Police Capt. Eric Loftin.
Robinson’s 2002 Ford Explorer crashed into Conware Company Logistics, which is in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A West.
The car ran into the office area of the building and caused about $5,000 of damage to the structure, according to the police report.

HSCC sees record adoptions

August 13, 2010

It’s hot outside, and so are animal adoptions at the Humane Society of Catawba County.
More animals were adopted from the HSCC from January to August than were adopted during the entire year in 2009.
“Adoptions are double what they normally have been. We don’t know why that is,” said Jane Bowers, HSCC interim executive director. “We don’t question it. We’re just glad it’s happening.”
The more animals that are adopted, then the more animals the HSCC can take into the shelter.
“We are a no-kill shelter, so until we do adoptions, we can’t fill it with other animals,” Bowers said.

Departments to cut 30 percent

August 13, 2010

All Catawba departments were asked to cut 30 percent of their budget in light of the town’s financial problems.
Interim Town Manager Eric Davis asked department heads to revisit their respective budgets and highlight expenditures that can be eliminated.
“It’s not anything definitive yet,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. “But they just need to find possible ways they can cut their budgets.”
Readling said Council’s next move will be to address the department heads’ possible cuts and vote to make those cuts.

August 12th

Initiative to call in offenders

August 12, 2010

Catawba County law enforcement officials are saying ‘no’ to gang activity with a new program targeting seasoned street-crime offenders.
The Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, is a joint effort by Catawba County’s nine law enforcement agencies, including the Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton police departments and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to combat street crimes and gang activity.

CVCC student killed in crash

August 12, 2010

A Catawba Valley Community College paramedic student was killed Monday night in McGrady.
Richard “Allen” Matheson, 19, of McGrady, was riding in his friend’s Chevy TrailBlazer about 10 p.m. Monday on Mountain Valley Church Road in McGrady. The driver, Adam Burke, 19, went off the road’s shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the center line.
The TrailBlazer collided with a Ford Expedition traveling in the opposite direction. The Expedition struck the TrailBlazer near the front passenger seat, which is where Matheson was sitting.

Tuttle students get a jumpstart

August 12, 2010

School is in session this week for Tuttle Elementary second graders.
The school offered a week-long enrichment program to help students relearn skills and habits they were taught in first grade.  
“It’s a head start for second grade,” said Meredith Huret, a second-grade teacher at Tuttle Elementary and enrichment program coordinator.
First-grade teachers recommend students for the program who need extra help on academic coursework before starting second grade.

Bridging Greenway gap

August 12, 2010

After work on Newton's Heritage Trail Greenway stalled in May, city leaders recently bridged a $107,200 funding gap for the five-year project. Then on Thursday, city and state crews installed a different sort of bridge that puts the city one step closer to finishing the trail.
"We lack about 600 feet in the center of the Phase II," Newton City Manager Todd Clark explained about what remains unfinished after Thursday's bridge installation.

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