Archive - May 2011 - News Article
Hickory mail processing center workers have one question in mind for their federal bosses â€” how can closing the Conover facility be a good decision?
"How's it going to work?" asked Katie Racine, postal clerk at the processing center.
Racine said if the U.S. Postal Service closes the processing center located in Conover and moves everything to Greensboro operations, its impossible to have mail delivered on time.
"How is it going to get back in the same amount of time (as it is now)," Racine said. "It's physically impossible, to our beliefs."
Ethan Allen employees Matt Jenkins and Brock Arrowood arrived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week with a trailer packed with supplies bought by their fellow employees at the Maiden furniture plant.
The scene they discovered was hard to believe.
"It looked like a bomb had gone off. There was nothing but rubble," Jenkins said. "There were entire areas that were just gone. There was nothing there, but trash, and then right across the road, everything was still intact."
A boater lost part of his leg Friday morning, after he was thrown from his boat near Lake Norman Marina in Catawba County.
A 33-year-old man was on a boat alone at about 11 a.m. Friday when he made a sharp turn that threw him out of the boat, said Keith Bost, chief for Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue. Bost said the boat was then unmanned and going in circles in the water.
He said the unidentified man tried to dive down to avoid the boat's prop, but his legs got tangled in the motor's part.
Out of 500 North Carolina students, two Newton-Conover High School students were accepted as Teaching Fellows for this year.
"To receive this scholarship, it is just a great feeling," said Rawdon Marroquin, a selected Teaching Fellow. "Out of the nine people from Newton-Conover who applied to get the scholarship, I was one of the two to actually receive it."
Marroquin and Ashley Bandy were NCHS's two Teaching Fellows for this year, which brings each student excitement as they plan to graduate high school and go to college.
Paramount Automotive Group officially opened Catawba County's only Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagon dealership with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. The newly constructed 10,305 square-foot facility represents the latest innovations for the three automotive brands as well as the family operating the dealership.
Athletes from Mountain View Elementary are 'all abord' for the 2011 Special Olympics at Newton-Conover High School.
The annual event continues throughout Friday and features courageous athletes from schools throughou Ctawba County.
Be sure to see the weekend edition of The O-N-E for more photos of Olympic athletes competing in this special event.
She's passionate. She has the power to teach and inspire students. And she always takes time to spread cheer to her co-workers. Who is she? Maggie Daniels â€” Newton-Conover City Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
"I'm completely humbled and appreciative to be here," Daniels said, during Thursday's Teacher of the Year banquet at Newton-Conover High School.
Daniels teaches English at NCHS, where she started her career five years ago after graduating from Notre Dame University. To Daniels, she's doing more than teaching; she's following her heart's desires.
During the fiscal year that begins July 1 Newton plans to tackle $2.4 million in projects to rehabilitate water and sewer lines.
City leaders say those projects will not only improve decades-old infrastructure that often fails, they will also improve the city's ability to protect citizen property from fires.
Newton will also spend $373,500 on a new records management system for the police department, replacing technology that has no back-up, and if it fails could wipe out all the information the city's law enforcement maintains.
The Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office SWAT team guarded a silent Elisa Baker as she was escorted from a Ford Crown Victoria to Caldwell County Superior Court for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Once inside, a full staff of sheriffâ€™s office deputies lined the courtroom and blocked each of the doorways.
The 42-year-old stepmother of Zahra Baker is facing one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her deceased daughterâ€™s name to obtain electricity while she and husband Adam Baker lived in Hudson.
Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.
Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.
District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.