Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
Murder suspect Everette Hewitt's picture appeared on Catawba County's Facebook page on March 15 at 9:17 p.m. Twelve hours later, Hewitt was in jail.
Catawba County posted Hewitt's photo and physical description on its Facebook site as more than 100 sheriff's deputies searched for Hewitt near the Claremont area.
Less than 30 minutes after the picture went online, the Facebook message received a comment posting a reported sighting of Hewitt on Emmanuel Church Road, near where Hewitt allegedly shot three people and injured another.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education and Conover City Council will have scheduled meetings this upcoming week. CCS will meet at 5:30 p.m.
Monday in the Annex Boardroom, 2285 N. Anderson Ave. in Newton.
Conover City Council's a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Conover City Hall.
All agendas are subject to change. All meetings are open to the public and offer time public comments.
Catawba County Schools
Superintendent Glenn Barger will give a 2011-12 school calendar update.
The Board will consider the following items for approval:
For nearly 64 years, Pete Kirby has been a merchant in downtown Newton.
First working as an employee for Alman's Home Furnishings and then owning the furniture retail business, he's helped residents throughout eastern Catawba County establish their households.
Now, giant yellow signs outside Alman's showrooms on East First Street herald a retirement sale and Kirby's plans to step away from the business' day-to-day operations.
But it isn't the first time he's stepped away from the store.
The town of Catawba is planning its first town-wide sidewalk sale to help people get a jump-start on spring cleaning.
The inaugural event is set for May 21 in downtown Catawba from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Planning for the event started in December with the Catawba Small Town committee, which is part of the town's Main Street Program.
"The committee's main goal is to enhance and beautify the town," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett. "That's what we're hoping to do."
Two Hickory Public Services workers were fired and four more were suspended after more than $3,000 of materials was stolen from a city demolition site.
Hickory Public Works department took action against the six employees Monday after allegations of possible employee misconduct surfaced during the demolition of Ridgeview and George Ivey pools, according to a statement released from the city of Hickory.
Hickory Police Department said copper and other materials valued at $3,931.25 were stolen from the demolition sites and taken to scrap metal processor Mountain Recycling in Hickory.
Fundraising efforts are up and running to purchase playground equipment in honor of murdered 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
Catawba County Kiwanis Clubs announced plans in February to create a playground where disabled children, like Zahra, can play with their able-bodied peers.
More than a month into the campaign, Kiwanians have raised about $3,100 of the $85,000 needed to create an addition to the current Kiwanis Park on Sixth Street Southeast in Hickory.
One of the beagles rescued from a dog trainer in Maiden was put to sleep because it was too ill to survive its injuries.
Catawba County Animal Services manager Jay Blatche said Wednesday that a veterinarian euthanized one of the three beagles rushed to a clinic after the animals were found alive among 100 dead dogs in a dog kennel and training facility on H.E. Propst Road.
"It was very ill," Blatche said of the euthanized animal. "The vets couldn't really determine what was wrong."
Carol and John de Perczel received a call at 3 a.m. March 11 alerting them to a massive earthquake in Japan.
For the de Perczel family, of Hickory, their thoughts went immediately to their 29-year-old son, John Forrest, who teaches English in Yokohama, Japan.
"We just really felt he was OK for some reason," Carol said. "We felt at peace."
Several hours later, Carol and John received an email from John Forrest's cell phone telling his parents he was OK. By 10 a.m. that day, they were talking to him on a video-chat program, Skype.
Essie Reinhardt celebrated her 99th birthday with the friends she has made at the Senior's Morning Out program in Newton.
She travels from her Newton home to First Presbyterian Church on North Main Avenue to exercise, socialize and celebrate her long life.
Reinhardt is one of hundreds of senior citizens in Catawba County who rely on senior nutrition programs for food, fellowship and daily activities.
Area law enforcement agencies attempted to prevent more gang violence in Catawba County with an intervention program for known offenders.
Police officers from every agency in the county attended the first gang call-in March 3 in Hickory City Council Chambers. The call-in is part of the Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded through the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission.
"The people at the call-in are people who are headed in the wrong direction and have been known to participate in gang activity," said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.