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August 9th

Students, families prepare for return to college

August 9, 2010

Whether you’re a freshman entering college for the first time or a soon-to-be empty-nester sending your children off to school, preparing for college can be a daunting task.
From packing for a tiny dorm room to getting along with a roommate you’ve never met,  the transition to college is an adjustment for the entire family.
There are things you can do, however, to prevent common problems stemming from new college experiences.

Moving into a dorm room

Attempted murder of an officer

August 9, 2010

Police arrested a Hickory man Sunday after he allegedly attempted to murder a police officer with a motor vehicle.

Jawanza Bentura Dickens, 28, of Hickory, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement official.

Two Hickory police officers responded to the sound of shots fired at 4:41 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Second Street Place SW. Two suspects were seen leaving the area in a vehicle, and in an attempt to get away, the suspects accelerated the vehicle backward at a high rate of speed toward one of the officers.

August 7th

New business coming to Conover

August 7, 2010

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.

Trucker killed in early morning wreck

August 7, 2010

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.

August 6th

Catawba calls budget meeting

August 6, 2010

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.

Thieves rob couple under financial help guise

August 6, 2010

Two men entered a Newton home Wednesday offering financial assistance. Less than 10 minutes later, the men left with the homeowner’s wallet.
The homeowner’s female relative was visiting the man’s residence about 1:15 p.m., and when she opened the door to enter the house, the suspects came in behind her.
“It was an uninvited and illegal entry,” said Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough. “But it was more of a rush-in situation. They went in and were trying to get (the man and woman) off their guard.”

Clean up or pay up

August 6, 2010

One residential property in Maiden was cleaned to rectify nuisance ordinance violations, and additional violating properties are under investigation.
“We don’t mess around,” said Sam Schultz, Maiden planning director. “We send out a letter, and we’re coming.”
Maiden recently implemented a public hearing based-process to clean and rectify properties in violation of the town’s nuisance ordinance.
“Maiden takes a lot of pride in itself,” Schultz said. “If you have a person who isn’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing, they’re endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.”

Police detective drunk in fatal wreck

August 6, 2010

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 Examiner’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.

August 5th

Land Purchase denied; town upset

August 5, 2010

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 Council’s controversial decision Monday not to purchase the property.
“People’s ideas of what’s best for the town are different,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling at the council’s Monday meeting. “Opinions vary … Some of them felt if you had a purpose for (the land), it would be better for it.”

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