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NCHS celebrates piece of history

February 20, 2012

Residents of Newton and Conover gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate a new piece of history in the community.

Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) recently received a 110-pound piece of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers that collapsed after planes hit them September 11, 2001.

NCHS dedicated the 9/11 artifact during a ceremony attended by military personnel, area leaders and community citizens.

"Today is not just about that artifact," said Tom Mentzer, senior naval science instructor and Navy JROTC commander at NCHS. "It's about remembering the lives that we lost."

Mayfield indicted on felony charges

February 20, 2012

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted on more charges Monday in Catawba County.

Mayfield, who was banned from NASCAR in 2009 after failing a random drug test, was indicted on three felony charges of possession of stolen goods and one felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

The offenses relate to stolen property found and sold from Mayfield’s residence between Nov. 16, 2010 and Nov. 16, 2011, according to the indictments.

NCMS speller finishes fourth in regional bee

February 20, 2012

What a difference a letter makes.

Darvinash Chandra Mohan, an eighth-grader at Newton-Conover Middle School, came within one letter of winning the 58th Annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on Monday.

With four spellers remaining, Chandra Mohan was the only speller to correctly spell his word. Spelling bee rules, however, required him to correctly spell another word to secure the championship.

Chandra Mohan misspelled "iridaceous," an adjective that describes a family of plants with swordlike leaves and showy flowers. He used an "i" in place of the "e."

Apple confirms plans for solar farm

February 20, 2012

Apple Inc. says it will build one of the nation’s largest solar arrays to power its Maiden data center.

In a brief update to its environmental impact report, Apple announced Monday that it plans to power the Maiden data center with the nation’s largest end-user-owned solar array and non-utility fuel cell installation.

Apple hinted in October 2011 that it wanted to build a solar array across from its data center, filing for an erosion control permit for more than 170 acres of land at 6028 Startown Road. In the permit, it described the project as “Solar panel farm A.”

Highway reopens after water line work

February 20, 2012

N.C. 16 traffic southeast of downtown Newton is moving again after a water line break forced multiple highway closures the past several days.

A six-inch water line broke Friday night, and workers closed a small section of N.C. 16 near South Ervin Avenue to repair the line, said Wilce Martin, public works and utilities director for the city of Newton.

Workers finished repairs about 1 p.m. Saturday, and the road reopened, Martin said.

The same patch of N.C. 16 was closed for a while Monday for repaving at the site of the line break.

Study: Salad source of illnesses

February 20, 2012

Tossed salad was the source of a virus outbreak in January that sickened diners of a Conover seafood restaurant, according to a state health investigation.


Catawba County Public Health (CCPH) received at least 166 reports of illnesses from diners who ate at Harbor Inn Seafood between Jan. 13-29.

State health officials previously identified the illness as norovirus and now say it stemmed from the restaurant’s tossed salad.

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