Archive - Mar 9, 2012 - News Article
A heavily traveled patch of a Conover highway will shut down next week and remain closed nearly eight months.
On Wednesday, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) workers are expected to close a short section of N.C. 16 Business and begin demolition and replacement of an old bridge over Interstate 40.
The bridge, built in 1957, has been deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.
Conover Station just got a little bit sweeter.
Sidetrax CafĂ©, Conover Stationâ€™s first private investment and commercial business, officially opened its doors in February.
The cafĂ© features a savory menu of cakes, cupcakes and cookies that are both visually and tastefully appetizing.
Located adjacent to the Conover Branch of the Catawba County Library on the third floor of the Multimodal Center, the cafĂ© also provides specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and soft drinks for readers and all visitors alike.
A school reading competition and college information night, Lenten services and county Republican events highlight things to do this week in Catawba County.
For more on those events, read below. For updated events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout Catawba County.
Friends of Catawba County Library will meet at 11 a.m. at the Main Library to discuss sponsorship of library programs and purchase of new materials. All members are welcome to attend.
At least 26 people have applied to be Catawba County Schoolsâ€™ next superintendent, the system's attorney confirmed Friday.
The deadline for applications was Thursday, but the school system may continue to receive applications postmarked in a timely manner, said CCS attorney Crystal Davis.
â€śWe actually have a meeting scheduled for March 14, and that will be closed session, where the board will receive the applications,â€ť Davis said. â€śThey will begin to review them.â€ť
Davis said she could not specify where applicants were from or other details related to the applications.
â€¨Area judges convicted 22 defendants during the week of Criminal Superior Court held March 5-9 in Catawba County.
The following citizens were sentenced.â€¨
*Marcus Alexander Belcher, 19, of Conover, was convicted of felony common law robbery and felony second-degree kidnapping and was sentenced to a split sentence of 90 days active, followed by 30 months of supervised probation.
A Maiden man is in jail on a $125,000 bond after being found with nearly 200 Hydrocodone pills at his home.
Terry Lee Houston, 49, of 2348 Deerfield Drive in Maiden, was arrested and charged with trafficking opium or heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is being held in the Catawba County Jail.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies say a citizenâ€™s tip led them to Houstonâ€™s residence with suspicions that the felon had a firearm in his possession, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Thieves stole computer equipment and a camera from Conover School overnight Thursday.
Police say suspects broke a window to a Conover School classroom early Thursday morning and stole a Dell computer laptop, Kodak camera, a computer flash drive and a red duffle bag.
The items cost a total of about $1,000, according to a Conover Police Department incident report.
No arrests have been made in connection to the event. Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said he thinks itâ€™s an isolated event and no other area schools have been targeted.
A student at Startown Elementary topped hundreds of entries from Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander and Burke counties to win the Catawba Valley American Red Crossâ€™ SevereWeather Awareness poster contest.
Meanwhile, the area Red Cross chapter continues deliver relief to Burke County residents affected by tornadoes in January.
Indictments for embezzlement have been issued for a former Maiden town employee and soccer coach for Maiden High School.