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Nice weather could bring drought

February 17, 2011

Catawba County residents enjoyed warm, clear weather for the previous week, but that good weather could come at a cost.

On Thursday, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources listed Catawba County as one of 27 North Carolina counties under moderate drought conditions, and continued warm, dry weather could only worsen those conditions.

The National Weather Service forecasts no rain and partially sunny conditions for Newton and the surrounding area during the next seven days. High temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Newton minimum charges 'unfair'

February 17, 2011

When it comes to obtaining city services for new homes or rental residences, one Newton landlord says the city's policies aren't fair.

"To get services from the city, you have to pay for all of them. You can't just have electricity, water, sewer or solid waste pick-up — you have to have all of them or you can't get any," said Newton resident Tom Dixon.

Further every city water customer is billed for at least 3,000 gallons of water usage, regardless of how much water they actually consume.

321 closed twice in 3 days

February 17, 2011

A portion of U.S. 321 was closed for the second time in three days Thursday after crashes downed power lines between Newton and Maiden.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed U.S. 321 Business starting at Prison Camp Road just south of Newton after a truck crashed into a power pole about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Tabet said Stephen Bates, 58, of Newton, was traveling northbound near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business when his Ford F-150 truck went left of center and crashed into a city of Maiden power pole.

Wreck closes U.S. 321

February 17, 2011

Both directions of a Catawba County highway are closed Thursday after a car crash. 

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a truck crashed into power lines near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. 

A portion of U.S. 321 Business was closed in both directions. North Carolina Department of Transporation crews set up detours for motorists. 

Students get inside look into NCSHP

February 17, 2011

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol gave area students an inside look at what it takes to be a trooper, hoping to encourage students to join the patrol in the coming years.

Newton-Conover Middle School students arrived at NCSHP's Troop F headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton to hear a presentation about the patrol and tour its facilities.

"We need troopers, and we're going to need troopers in the next 10 years," said Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Phillips. "... Our mission is to protect the people of North Carolina."

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