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Fake bills, real problem

February 8, 2012

Take a second look at your $20 and $10 bills. They may be fake.

Recent sightings of counterfeit money in the area have spread to Newton, Conover and nearly all of Catawba County’s municipalities.

Fake money has popped up in a host of fast food restaurants and convenience stores throughout the county since the first of the year.

Authorities are tracing many of the counterfeit bills back to high school students.

About 25 counterfeit incidents have been reported to Conover Police Department, which is working with the U.S. Secret Service and neighboring jurisdictions on the case.

Loving deeds

February 8, 2012

Marrying couples must visit the register of deeds for a license.

Nearly a decade ago, Donna Spencer decided the Catawba County courthouse was an apt setting for a wedding ceremony, too.

“Before I became register of deeds, I was a paralegal and I’d be here on Valentine’s Day and would see a lot of people assigned licenses that day,” Spencer said. “The magistrate does a lot of people who just walk in here. You walk in to the desk, and you get married. You have to wait because warrants through the jail and court system are a priority.”

Authorities praise sex offender app

February 8, 2012

County authorities are praising a new mobile app that will help residents pinpoint the location of area sex offenders.

The N.C. Department of Justice launched a “North Carolina Sex Offender Registry” app this month that provides citizens a first-hand, live look at where registered sex offenders live.

The app uses mapping technology to literally pinpoint where sex offenders live relative to the user's current location. It also allows a user to search for particular addresses and streets.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Feb. 8

February 8, 2012

Two gas leaks within 24 hours forced road closures and evacuations in the Rock Barn Country Club area.

Details from the evacuation, as well as information about who forgot to “call before you dig” in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

Public health officials encourage healthy habits to help avoid the spread of “the stomach bug” that is becoming more prevalent in western North Carolina.

A Conover man is a “walking miracle” after he dropped dead at West Wilkes High School, but was revived thanks to quick thinking students, parents and school staff.


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