Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
Catawba Countyâ€™s young professionals say it will take a combination of jobs and quality-of-life improvements to keep young people from leaving the region.
In the past 10 years, the county has had a 15-percent decline in the population ages 25 to 34. In that same time period, surrounding counties have also witnessed a 25-percent decline in the younger age brackets.
The elderly population has skyrocketed throughout.
Newton will seek federal funds to help the city's fire department get closer to meeting national standards for fighting structure fires.
As part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, the U.S. government is providing about $380 million to fire departments throughout the nation. The priorities of the funding are to provide firefighters for departments that have either laid off personnel, face the prospect of reduced staffing or seek additional firefighters to meet National Fire Protection Association standards, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
Newton is again pondering the idea of building a new fire station headquarters.
The current headquarters, located in Newtonâ€™s downtown area on West â€śAâ€ť Street, was last renovated in 1958 and has a host of health, safety and space issues that fire and city officials say have needed addressing for quite some time.
â€śItâ€™s clear that we absolutely need it,â€ť Newton Mayor Anne Stedman said at the cityâ€™s annual retreat this month. â€śItâ€™s not a want anymore.â€ť
A discussion for building a new headquarters has been going on for more than 10 years.
This photo of Shauna Laughren and Victor Cruz Sanchez is The O-N-E photo of the week.
The couple and many others married at the courthouse on Valentine's Day in an annual ceremony organized by the county's register of deeds.
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Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield says the four felony charges against him are not true and plans to fight the allegations in court.
Mayfield, 42, of Catawba, turned himself in at the Catawba County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon after being indicted on possession of stolen goods and obstruction of justice charges a day before.
He was released after posting a $25,000 unsecured bond and was given a first appearance court date for Friday, according to a Catawba County arrest report.
In the late 1990s, Twin City Knitting needed a pick-me-up.
Twin City President Fran Davis says when manufacturing jobs and production started transferring to China and other countries, the company needed help launching new products and working out the kinks in some of its existing products.
It resourced the Hosiery Technology Center, something now widely known as the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC)
â€śThe technical center saved our banana,â€ť Davis said.
N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco says innovation has been a key to manufacturing success for more than 100 years.
Crisco and other state leaders said Tuesday that the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) will bring jobs and industry success to Conover and the region for decades to come.
"I see the Manufacturing Solutions Center as a beacon of innovation and an incubator of business that can put our people back to work," said U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
County commissioners approved funding this week for a project that will bring a municipal water line to homes with â€śsevere water needs."
â€¨The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the use of money remaining from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to provide 2,250 linear feet of water line to nine low- to moderate-income houses.â€¨
â€śThere are going to be some happy people in regards to the water out there,â€ť commissioners Chairwoman Kitty Barnes said after board approval of the project.â€¨
Work is scheduled to begin soon on Newton water line projects on South Brady Avenue from â€śNâ€ť Street to â€śKâ€ť Street and on South College Avenue from â€śKâ€ť Street to â€śIâ€ť Street.
Ronny Turner Construction Co., along with a subcontractor, will work within water easements and rights-of-way to install the new water line, according to a press release from the city of Newton.
The project is expected to be completed by July.
State health officials say an outbreak of illness among diners at Harbor Inn seafood last month is being traced back to tossed salad.
More details in the Tuesday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise.
Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is back in the news - heâ€™s facing felony indictments for stolen property found at his home.
A 110-pound piece of history has been delivered to Newton-Conover High School. On Monday the school officially dedicated a piece of the World Trade Center destroyed on 9-11.