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February 16th

Police expect data system to increase efficiency

February 16, 2012

Newton police will roll out new dispatch and records technology this spring that they say will make the department more efficient and help solve more crimes.

Newton Police Department (NPD) will launch its new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) beginning in May.

Police officials say the updated, computer-based systems will “streamline” processes that used to take dispatchers, officers and supervisors weeks and months to do.

UPDATED: Chinese company comes to Denver, brings 600 jobs

February 16, 2012

Chinese manufacturer Chongqing RATO Power announced today that it will establish its North American headquarters in Denver and will hire as many as 600 employees in a temporary manufacturing while it searches for a permanent site for its production and distribution center.

“This is the start of something really big that can help change this community and this area,” said Gov. Beverly Perdue who was in Denver for the announcement. Perdue said she hoped the announcement was the “first day of a long-term journey together” with RATO.

Newton water system projects scheduled

February 16, 2012

Work will soon begin on a pair of Newton water system projects.

Neill Grading & Construction Company and a subcontractor will begin replacing a water main on U.S. 70 next week between Hughey Drive and Boundary Street.

Crews will begin a water easement and rights-of-way project the following week in the Shannonbrook subdivision. That project is expected to be completed by late June.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 16

February 16, 2012

Newton has seen an increase in participation for youth sports offered by the city’s recreation department.

In fact, the increase in participation for sports like basketball and soccer is so great that the city is scrambling to find places for practice and games.

Meanwhile, the city’s recreation department staff is also facing ever-increasing expenses for the Newton swimming pool, which city council voted to open in 2012.

More details in The O-N-E’s Thursday print and online edition at www.observernewsonline.com.

February 15th

Hope, search for missing girl continue

February 15, 2012

One and one-third miles.

It’s the distance police say 9-year-old Asha Degree walked along N.C. 18.before vanishing 12 years ago.

Asha’s friends and family, bundled against the biting wind and cold, walked in Asha’s steps Tuesday.

It’s an 11-year tradition they wish could end.

“Every time it snows or rains, I think about her,” said Asha’s brother, O'Bryant Degree. “I wonder if she’s safe.”

Flurry of downtown businesses open

February 15, 2012

Newton has seen a recent spike in small businesses popping up throughout downtown.

In fact, there were seven small business openings within city limits in January alone, said Rob Powell, the city of Newton’s commercial development coordinator.

“There are still a couple more that we are working with, but haven’t opened up yet,” Powell said “It looks like next month will be pretty busy as well.”

Conover mom's bond reduced

February 15, 2012

A Conover woman charged with child abuse had her bond reduced Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte police say Ladonna Parlier, 26, was seen tampering with her infant daughter's intravenous line at Carolinas Medical Center earlier this month.

A judge reduced Parlier's bond to $12,500, $2,500 each for the five counts of felony child abuse she faces, according to the Observer.

Her bond was previously set at $137,500.

She has been ordered to not have contact with her 5-month-old child.

Newton youth sports participation increases

February 15, 2012

Basketball is booming in Newton's recreation department.

"Out of 31 days in January, we played 25 days straight, and we had no practices in our (Newton Recreation Center) facility," said Newton Assistant Recreation Director Carol Stiles. "There are 28 days in February, and we'll play 28. It is seven-days-a-week, and a lot of the coaches don't like it because they don't get to practice. Sometimes there are too many people in there, but we don't have any other space."

The story is similar for girls volleyball.

New furnishings

February 15, 2012

It’s Tuesday night, and Newton Martial Arts Soke Paul Langford is getting the senior division ready for class.

“Everybody get up, let’s go,” he said.

A handful of students of various ages and colorful belts dress, line up and start stretching.

For the most part, it’s a normal Tuesday night for the veteran Newton group. However, the surroundings are different.

Newton Martial Arts (NMA) kicked its way into a new facility in 2012, giving the group’s instructors, students and parents more space and better amenities to practice their custom Teashikido style of Karate.

Maiden man wins $250k in lottery

February 15, 2012

A Maiden resident is $250,000 richer after winning big in a state lottery game.

Mike Bollinger, of Maiden, won a quarter of a million dollars on a $1 Mega Millions ticket he purchased in Stanley on Friday.

His ticket was one of two that matched all five white balls in the Friday drawing, beating odds of more than one in 3.9 million. The other ticket, which is also worth $250,000, has yet to be claimed.

Bollinger, a police officer and EMT member, purchased the ticket at Beach's General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to information provided by the N.C. Education Lottery.

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