Archive - Feb 9, 2012 - News Article
Counterfeit bills are circulating through Catawba County, and authorities say high school students are to blame for some of the fake cash.
Police say watermarks, serial numbers and security threads are among ways to determine the authenticity of a piece of money.
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Police say they expect a Conover man to file charges against a city council member's husband who allegedly hit him in the head during a council meeting this week.
Coy Lee Hester, of Morningside Drive in Conover, told police Kenneth Rowe Herman hit him in the head early during the Monday city council meeting. Herman is city council member Jan Herman's husband.
Conover failed to approve amendments this week that would have banned new churches, funeral homes, non-profits and other non-commercial businesses from locating in its central downtown district.
Conover City Council members voted 3-3 on the proposed amendment changes.
The proposed text amendments to the cityâ€™s Zoning Ordinance would have tweaked the permitted uses in Conoverâ€™s B-3 Central Business District.
More than 25 area dentists are providing free oral health care for children in need this month.
Health officials anticipate that more than 300 children will receive free restorative and preventative dental health services in February as part of the national initiative â€śGive Kids A Smile.â€ť
The free cleanings, sealants and dental exams started in Catawba County in 1994, said Cindy Walker Sigmon, public health dental hygienist for the N.C. Oral Health Section that serves Catawba County.
Fake money is causing a real problem throughout Catawba County.
Counterfeit $10 and $20 bills are appearing in nearly all of the countyâ€™s municipalities, and some of the funny money is being traced back to high school students.
How do you identify counterfeit bills? More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba County is home to 240 of the stateâ€™s sex offenders, and mobile device users can pinpoint exactly where those people live thanks to a new application.