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February 20th

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.

February 19th

Update: Schools delay opening

February 19, 2012

Winter weather Sunday night prompted Catawba County and Newton-Conover City school systems to delay the start of school two hours on Monday. The delay applies to students and staff.

Hickory Public Schools will also operate under a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday.

Catawba Valley Community College will delay opening until 10 a.m. due to weather conditions. The delay applies to all CVCC campuses.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold classes as planned.

Snow began falling in Catawba County late Sunday afternoon, bringing the first snow to the county of winter 2011-2012.

BREAKING: Winter weather advisory issued for Catawba County

February 19, 2012

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for several western North Carolina counties, including Catawba County.

NWS in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the advisory that will be in effect from noon Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

According to NWS, colder air continues to filter into the N.C. mountains and foothills from the north. Low pressure will track from the Gulf Coast states to the offshore Atlantic waters Sunday, spreading moisture into the western North Carolina region.

February 17th

Catawba County's week ahead

February 18, 2012

Area churches will host Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services this week as the Lenten season begins.

Young professionals in the Hickory Metro are invited to a Wednesday forum to share ways community leaders can attract and retain young adults in the coming years.

Catawba Valley citizens are also invited to support groups for sleep apnea and epilepsy.

For more information on these and other events this week, read on. For information about events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout Catawba County.

Sunday

Citizens convicted in criminal court

February 17, 2012

A host of defendants were convicted during the Feb. 6 week of Catawba County Criminal Superior Court, according to information provided by the District 25 Attorney’s Office.

The following area defendants were convicted.

• Phillip Owen Lail Jr. was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to no less than 25 months and no more than 30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

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