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December 20th

Children, driver injured in crash

December 20, 2011

Two children were injured in a single-vehicle wreck in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday afternoon, including one who was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers on the scene said an adult driver was traveling on N.C. 150 East when his pickup truck careened through an intersection near the N.C. 16 bypass and traveled up a steep hill.

The truck came to rest on top of a hill adjacent to the new N.C. 16 bypass interchange in Sherrills Ford.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Dec. 20

December 20, 2011

With the holidays looming, tragedy is on the roadways of the Catawba Valley.

A Maiden woman was killed in a Sunday afternoon crash that involved a drunk driver, and two men were hospitalized after their speeding Corvette hit a Newton home and flipped.

Complete details on both these stories are inside the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at www.observernewsonline.com.

December 19th

Car flips, hits house in Newton

December 19, 2011

Cynthia Travis was enjoying time with her daughter on Monday when what felt like an earthquake rattled her home.

“We heard a really big crash and the house was shaking,” Travis said. “I thought we were in a real earthquake this time.”

Travis was in no earthquake, though. A 2005 Chevrolet Corvette had struck her home.

“I looked outside and there was nothing but horror,” she said.

Two men, whose names were not released, were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after their car went airborne and hit Travis’ home at 909 Laffon Road in Newton.

Crash kills Maiden woman

December 19, 2011

The N.C. Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in a Sunday crash that killed a Maiden woman on N.C. 16 South.

Thelma Jean Chappell, 47, of Maiden, died when the 1999 Ford Explorer she was riding in veered into the median on N.C. 16 and overturned in the area of N.C. 150, said K.E. Travis, a trooper with the highway patrol.

Thomas Ray Klutz, 42, of Conover, was driving the vehicle. Travis said he charged Klutz with driving while impaired and reckless driving.

Other charges may be filed, pending blood results, Travis said.

Longtime Midstate Mills leader dies

December 19, 2011

A longtime leader of Newton-based Midstate Mills Inc. died suddenly Saturday.

Boyd Hawn Drum served Midstate Mills as president and chairman of the board of directors from the early 1980s until 2007, said Steve Arndt, the company's vice president and chief marketing officer. Drum was 77.

Drum's father, G.D., founded the company that became Midstate Mills in Maiden in 1935. The company moved to Newton in 1961.

Drum's son, Robert, currently serves as Midstate Mills' corporate president and chairman of the board of directors.

Hickory officer shoots man who flees traffic stop

December 19, 2011

North Carolina investigators are looking into why a Hickory police officer critically wounded a man fleeing an attempted traffic stop.

The Hickory Police Department says Master Police Officer Bruce Bumgarner tried to stop a vehicle late Saturday.

Officers say 36-year-old Irecas Valentine of Hickory sped away, wrecked his sports utility vehicle and threatened when he was cornered by Bumgarner. Valentine was shot and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.

December 16th

Catawba County's week ahead

December 16, 2011

Events slow down in the Hickory Metro this week as Christmas approaches, but many churches are holding special holiday services.

Newton-Conover High School will also offer a free lunch for the needy on Thursday.

To submit events for Catawba County's Week Ahead and The Observer News Enterprise print edition, e-mail observernewsonline.com. Be sure to include dates, times and contact information for more information.

Tuesday

Maiden to mull town, Apple annexations

December 16, 2011

Maiden will look to annex more property belonging to Apple Inc. on Monday.

The town will hold public hearings on several voluntary annexations on Monday, including one involving additions to Apple Inc.’s growing property base on Startown Road.

Town officials say Apple recently purchased four parcels of property on Startown Road across the street from its current Apple Data Center site.

The additions add about 16 acres to Apple’s existing land.

A voluntary annexation means the company — Apple — asked to be annexed into town limits, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.

County considers incentive to lure jobs

December 16, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners will look to approve an incentive agreement on Monday that could bring up to 80 new jobs to the area.

Last week, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that German-based manufacturer Punker LLC plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Hickory. The expansion will bring at least 62 jobs to the area, with the potential to create 80 new jobs.

Punker produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries. The company's Hickory plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the United States, according to the CCEDC.

Newton seeks $5.67M in loans

December 16, 2011

Newton will borrow up to $5.67 million to finance new equipment, real property improvements and infrastructure repairs.

Among those infrastructure repairs will be nine projects to rehabilitate Newton water lines and three projects to address problem sewer lines. Those rehabilitation projects along with equipment and property improvements were approved by Newton City Council in May as part of a $32.4 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

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