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Car thefts move to Claremont

February 2, 2011

Claremont Police Department received six reports this week of vehicle larcenies, which continues a stream of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Catawba County.

Claremont Police Capt. Gary Bost said six cars were broken into late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The unknown suspects opened the unlocked vehicles and removed electronic items, such as radios, CD players or GPS units.

The latest crime wave is one of at least three to hit Catawba County in the past month, when Conover Police reported more than a dozen vehicle break-ins in the city's southeast and northeast quadrants.

Non-faculty coaches could face elimination

February 2, 2011

Select coaches in Catawba County Schools don't have a strong sense of job security they once held.

With a change in the school system's non-faculty coaching policy, people who aren't employed as faculty within a school or feeder district won't be top choice to fill coaching positions at the end of each school year or athletic season.

Newton prohibits parking on front lawns

February 2, 2011

Residential front lawns in Newton are now "no parking" zones.

Newton City Council approved a measure that prohibits the parking of cars and trucks, recreational vehicles and boats in the front yards of residential dwellings. The change in city ordinance comes about two years after city leaders began considering action to curb the practice of parking vehicles in front yards throughout the city.

Sewage issue closes elementary school

February 2, 2011

A sewage issue closes a Hickory elementary school early Wednesday.
Students and employees at Viewmont Elementary School were dismissed at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after school toilets quit working. The malfunction is a result of a sewage back-up.
The city of Hickory is working to fix the sewage problem.

Groundhogs' forecasts differ

February 2, 2011

The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.

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