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County sections of I-40 get makeover

August 31, 2011

Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.

Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.

August 30th

Are you ready for disaster?

August 31, 2011

If Hurricane Irene told us anything, it’s that preparation for emergencies can be a significant, and potentially life-saving, matter.

Before you go buying protection for dust storms or dig an underground bunker for tornadoes, it’s important to know what types of emergencies are most frequent to Catawba County.

The county’s emergency management coordinator said general preparation is always good, but there are certain incidents in specific for which area residents need to be ready.

Catawba Red Cross chapter helps after Irene

August 31, 2011

The area chapter of the American Red Cross is sending more volunteers east to assist with clean-up and assistance efforts after Hurricane Irene.

The Catawba Valley chapter of the Red Cross is sending at least two more volunteers to counties in eastern N.C., adding to six volunteers and employees already helping out, said chapter Executive Director Suzan Anderson.

Serendipity weathers the storm

August 31, 2011

Serendipity--like a great lady—is standing regal and tall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.

The house made famous in the movie “Nights in Rodanthe”  is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.

August 29th

DA, wife survive boat crash

August 30, 2011

Catawba County’s district attorney and his wife say they are thankful to be alive after a boat wreck threw them overboard Sunday evening.

Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither said he was blinded by bright lights before a boat he was driving crashed into another vessel on Lake Hickory on Sunday.

Gaither said he and his wife were celebrating their 17th anniversary on the lake Sunday evening and were driving down river at about 5 mph.

Service groups request help

August 30, 2011

Homelessness and poverty has steadily increased in Catawba County in the past decade, and some area aid organizations said more can be done to help the growing population.

In the past 10 years, poverty has increased 77 percent in Catawba County, with nearby areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to data, released recently, by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments released recently.

Helping hands offer aide

August 30, 2011

Area emergency and public works personnel are helping clean-up efforts after Hurricane Irene ripped through sections of the North Carolina coast during the weekend.

Catawba County’s emergency services director as well as utility workers from Newton are helping restore power, remove debris and organize clean-up efforts in multiple counties near, or along, the N.C. coast.

BREAKING NEWS: Power outage in Conover

August 29, 2011

A power outage in Conover on Monday has left about 600 Duke Power customers without electricity.

The utility failure is also impacting traffic signals in parts of the city, including the traffic light at Boundary and U.S. 321 near Newton.

Details in this story are developing. Check back with The Observer News Enterprise and observernewsonline.com for more information as it becomes available.

August 26th

Quarrel leads to murder

August 26, 2011

A Hickory man is dead after a domestic dispute escalated at the Highland School Apartments at 1017 10th Ave. NE.

Police say Marcia Bernice Newman, 45, and Jamie Carlton Odom, 40, both of Hickory, were having a verbal argument at about 9:52 p.m. Thursday inside Odom’s apartment. The argument escalated and police said Odom was stabbed to death.

After responding to the dispute, officers found Odom lying in the doorway with a stab wound to the chest area. Emergency personnel responded and Odom was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police charged Newman with one count of murder.

Accused killer jailed

August 26, 2011


The man accused of murdering a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night is in the Catawba County Jail with no bond.


Police charged Camyron Fredrick Johnson, 22, with one count of murder in the death of Adam Williams, a Yellow Cab Company taxi driver who was killed Tuesday night outside a LongHorn Steakhouse off U.S. 70 in Hickory.

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