Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
Area emergency officials were busy in the countyâ€™s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.
â€¨Catawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.
The first addition to Newton Depot Authorityâ€™s outdoor museum rolled into the station on Tuesday, and it is more than 90 years old.
A crane lowered a 1920s-style locomotive and fuel tender into place on Tuesday on non-functional train tracks behind the Newton Depot Authority on N. Main Avenue.
Depot officials said there is only one other locomotive and tender set like it in the nation.
Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun â€“ these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion â€śCruisinâ€™ & Car Showâ€ť scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
In its 20th year, Cruisinâ€™ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisinâ€™ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunionâ€™s weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.
According to the NC State Highway Patrol, there is a one-man incident on Interstate 40 that involves a man in a vehicle with a gun. Traffic is not moving on either the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 between mile marker 123 and 125. The traffic stall by police began around 10:15-10:30 p.m.
More details as they become available.
A Maiden man is dead after he apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday.
Divers recovered the body of Marlowe D. Young, 35, of Maiden on Sunday after searching for the man who apparently drowned while swimming to shore a day before. Â
Authorities say Young was boating with three friends on Saturday close to channel marker B2 on Lake Norman. At about 4 p.m., Young and some of the friends jumped off the rental pontoon boat and tried to swim to Goat Island, which was close by. Â
If you walk throughout the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, there are not many areas that are off limits. It is a place that administrators say is â€śvery open and public,â€ť and in the end is an educational tool that serves the societal group within its name â€“ the community.
â€¨â€śOur general areas are all open to the public,â€ť said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.
Searchers recovered the body of a Maiden man who apparently drowned Saturday while trying to swim to an island at Lake Norman.
Thirty rescuers resumed a search early Sunday but didn't find the body until mid-afternoon, a spokesman for the Iredell County Sheriff's Department said.
The sheriff's office identified the man as Marlowe Demar Young, 35, of Maiden. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Mooresville, the spokesman said.
As members of Congress debated deep cuts to federal spending, workers were busy inside the Capitol Hill office of GOP Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry.
The renovations included laying new carpet, a new coat of paint for the walls, hanging drapes and unboxing new furniture.
McHenry, an outspoken conservative from Cherryville whose district stretches from the suburbs of Charlotte west into the Blue Ridge, said through a spokesman the work had been scheduled for months and that the new furniture was needed to replace old wooden desks that were "basically falling apart."
A Catawba County Hmong association wants to expand and share its culture with others. Property recently re-zoned by county commissioners should help that happen more quickly.
Catawba County commissioners re-zoned land belonging to the Hmong Southeast Puavpheej, Inc. association last month from residential to a mixed-use district â€“ a move that will allow the Hmong to build a multi-purpose facility that will be used for festivals and cultural education.
Catawba Countyâ€™s region has one of the largest Hmong populations in the nation, and new census data reports that those numbers are holding steady.
â€¨From 2000 to 2010, the Hmong population in Catawba County has grown by about 1,000 people, and there are about 3,000 Hmong currently living in the area, according to census data. The Hmong population makes up about 2.1 percent of the total population in Catawba County and makes about 60 percent of the total Asian population county wide.