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Eco-Tech plan 'disturbs' citizens

June 16, 2011

Several citizens voiced concern Thursday about a Catawba County development plan that will prompt more industrial business in rural and residential areas.
County planners unveiled new plans for the Eco-Tech Development initiative Thursday evening that will seek to expand upon the “noticeable activity” around the U.S. 321 corridor. That noticeable activity refers to the Target Distribution Center, Apple Data Center and County Eco-Complex all constructed around the U.S. 321 corridor within the last five years.

Community gardens sprout up

June 16, 2011

As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidt’s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterian’s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.

Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.

“You got to have patience,” he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. “You just have to wait.”

But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.

Newton has size problem

June 16, 2011

Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.

"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.

However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.

"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.

Conover man killed in Washington crash

June 16, 2011

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.

The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.

The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.

The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.

Truck overturns under pressure

June 16, 2011

A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.

Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.

Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.

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