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Grant to boost low-income housing

January 18, 2012

Catawba County commissioners agreed to a grant this week that will help pay for repairs to multiple low-income households.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners agreed to the N.C. Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair Program Grant in the amount of $37,500.

The grant will be used to provide energy-efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs to seven low-income households in the area, according to information from the county.

Each home will receive a maximum of $5,000 in repairs.

Police chase ends in arrest

January 18, 2012

Police arrested a Newton man Monday afternoon after he assaulted his girlfriend and led authorities on a chase through the county.

Rushie Lee Kennedy, 24, of 815 East 1st St. in Newton, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest and assault on a female after a domestic issue turned into a police chase Monday afternoon.

Police say Kennedy assaulted his girlfriend at the Catawba Pines Apartments in Newton at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and fled the scene in a silver Chevy Impala.

His girlfriend called the police, who caught up to Kennedy in Newton and attempted to stop him.  

Lockdown terrifies students

January 18, 2012

Francina Owens was sitting in her driver’s education class Wednesday morning when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker.

“Security code red. The campus is on lockdown. This is not a test,” the voice said.

Owens, a Maiden resident, was one of nearly 1,000 students on Catawba Valley Community College’s East Campus when an employee spotted what appeared to be a gunman in a parking lot in front of the school.

Both the east and main campuses at CVCC were on lockdown for nearly four hours as area SWAT teams searched buildings for the suspect.

Authorities never found the reported gunman.

N.C. 16 Business bridge repairs complete

January 18, 2012

Traffic is returning to normal on N.C. 16 Business near downtown Conover — for now.

This week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70. Meanwhile, work is expected to begin soon to replace an aging N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40.

Repairs to the bridge over U.S. 70 were the result of a truck scraping underneath and damaging the bridge, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer who works in Catawba and Lincoln counties.

UPDATE: CVCC gunman not found

January 18, 2012

About 5,000 people were on lockdown at Catawba Valley Community College’s two campuses Wednesday after someone reported a gunman on school property.

Area SWAT teams intensively searched CVCC’s east and main campuses for nearly four hours after a school employee spotted what they thought was a man with a gun in the East Campus parking lot.

The supposed gunman was never located.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Jan 18

January 18, 2012

Conover firefighters found a man dead inside a burning vehicle Tuesday morning. Get all the current details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E, and visit www.observernewsonline.com for updated information as it becomes available.

The O-N-E was first to report Newton leaders’ vote to relax rules for temporary signs promoting special events for businesses and civic clubs. The decision was divided and one city planning commission member said “unlimited signs will lead to a trash-dump-looking city.”

See the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E for complete details.

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