Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
Some drivers along a section of North College Avenue in Newton will be rerouted beginning this week as the city begins work on a sewer line project.
Work, which is expected to take about two and a half weeks, will affect North College Avenue between East 18th and East 20th streets, according to the city of Newton. Parts of roads in that area will be covered by heavy equipment and dirt piles.
Local traffic will be allowed in the area, but through traffic will be detoured from East 13th Street to East 20th Street.
Local elected officials are making decisions about the communities you call home.
Leaders of Newton-Conover City Schools plan to use instructional days for teacher development next year. When the systemâ€™s school board met Monday night, it also learned more about school improvement plants at Newton-Conover High and Newton-Conover Health Science High schools.
More details are in The Observer News Enterpriseâ€™s Tuesday online edition, www.observernewsonline.com
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met Monday night in Newton. Following is a short report on the board's actions.
For more â€” and for comprehensive coverage of news throughout Catawba County â€” pick up print copies of The Observer News Enterprise during the week.
*The board approved a request for the state to allow the Newton-Conover district to use three of next year's extra five instructional days for teacher development and two of the days for student instruction.
After Newton approved new rules for sidewalk signs downtown last month, area businesses and civic clubs hope city leaders will loosen restrictions on temporary signs announcing fund-raisers, grand-openings or other special sales.
Relaxing city policy on short-term, promotional signs isn't coming easy, however.
Teamwork may pay off big for two area groups.
Blackburn Elementary School and The Newton Depot Authority partnered in the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, a competition for project grant funding that is solely determined by public votes.
Though competing in separate categories, both groups seek funding for projects they say will enhance their organizations and the community.
Both currently rank just outside the winning parameters on a list of nationwide organizations that will receive funding at the end of the year.
Police are investigating a case of a dead body that was discovered in Maiden on Sunday morning.
Catawba County authorities are awaiting a toxicology report for the body of Joe Paul Brown II, who was found dead on the 2300 block of Withers Road in Maiden.
Authorities responded to a call referencing a dead body on Sunday, and Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brown, who lived in the area, did not have any visible trauma to his body, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
A fire destroyed a residential garage near Lookout Shoals Lake on Sunday.
It took six fire departments to put out the blaze at 4290 Stewart Road in Claremont that eventually destroyed the storage garage.
The garage was located behind the residence, and fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
The garage contained trucks, tractors and various equipment that was also damaged in the fire, said Shannon Eckard, a rescue responder with Oxford (Catfish) Fire and Rescue.
After giving up 27 first half-points to a potent Polk County offense, Maidenâ€™s Blue Devil defense tamed the Wolverines.
Maidenâ€™s defense refused to allow a second-half score while its offense piled up points on the ground, and the Blue Devils collected a 41-27 victory in Round 2 of the N.C. 2A state playoffs.
The Maiden win sets up second showdown with nearby neighbor Lincolnton. Lincolnton defeated Draughn 42-14.
â€śWe havenâ€™t won a playoff game in a while, and its good to go to the third round,â€ť said Maiden coach Brian Brown.
Dominique Young dominated on the ground Friday.
The senior running back, who scored four times last week against Ashe County, reached the end zone three times Friday against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs.
His 28-carry, 152-yard rushing performance, along with a Bandys defense that gave up less than 100 yards of total offense, guided the Trojans to a 26-0 victory over the Mustangs. Bandys advances to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Catawba County residents have plenty events to choose from this week â€” from a "turkey toss" to gingerbread decorating, from a soapbox derby to a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
On Friday night, Bandys and Maiden will take the field in the third round of the high school football playoffs.
Some of the available events follow.
Tammy Wilson, public information officer for Catawba County Library, will read from her story collection, "Dining with Robert Redford," at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.