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Car flips, hits house in Newton

December 19, 2011

Cynthia Travis was enjoying time with her daughter on Monday when what felt like an earthquake rattled her home.

“We heard a really big crash and the house was shaking,” Travis said. “I thought we were in a real earthquake this time.”

Travis was in no earthquake, though. A 2005 Chevrolet Corvette had struck her home.

“I looked outside and there was nothing but horror,” she said.

Two men, whose names were not released, were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after their car went airborne and hit Travis’ home at 909 Laffon Road in Newton.

Crash kills Maiden woman

December 19, 2011

The N.C. Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in a Sunday crash that killed a Maiden woman on N.C. 16 South.

Thelma Jean Chappell, 47, of Maiden, died when the 1999 Ford Explorer she was riding in veered into the median on N.C. 16 and overturned in the area of N.C. 150, said K.E. Travis, a trooper with the highway patrol.

Thomas Ray Klutz, 42, of Conover, was driving the vehicle. Travis said he charged Klutz with driving while impaired and reckless driving.

Other charges may be filed, pending blood results, Travis said.

Longtime Midstate Mills leader dies

December 19, 2011

A longtime leader of Newton-based Midstate Mills Inc. died suddenly Saturday.

Boyd Hawn Drum served Midstate Mills as president and chairman of the board of directors from the early 1980s until 2007, said Steve Arndt, the company's vice president and chief marketing officer. Drum was 77.

Drum's father, G.D., founded the company that became Midstate Mills in Maiden in 1935. The company moved to Newton in 1961.

Drum's son, Robert, currently serves as Midstate Mills' corporate president and chairman of the board of directors.

Hickory officer shoots man who flees traffic stop

December 19, 2011

North Carolina investigators are looking into why a Hickory police officer critically wounded a man fleeing an attempted traffic stop.

The Hickory Police Department says Master Police Officer Bruce Bumgarner tried to stop a vehicle late Saturday.

Officers say 36-year-old Irecas Valentine of Hickory sped away, wrecked his sports utility vehicle and threatened when he was cornered by Bumgarner. Valentine was shot and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.

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