Pieces of a recreation trail in Newton and Conover were in the spotlight on Sunday, even as dark rain clouds threatened.
Leaders in both cities dedicated segments of the Carolina Thread Trail â€“ a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the countiesâ€™ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.
Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conoverâ€™s city council lifted a white sheet off a sign that marks the Thread Trail on a stretch of the Gateway Trail off 1st Street.
A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton manâ€™s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.
Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Authorities returned to Leathermanâ€™s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.
Fish said Leathermanâ€™s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.