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Church garden a growing memorial

June 1, 2012

Nearly every plant at First Methodist Church’s Memorial Garden in Newton has a story behind it.

Gail and Norris McRee have planted most of those memories.

The McRees, who have been married for 52 years, are largely responsible for starting the church’s memorial garden and celebration area, which is located just off Main Avenue in Newton.

This week's felony convictions

June 1, 2012

The following citizens were convicted of felony crimes this week in Superior Court in Catawba County.

* Joshua Alan Buchanan, 28, of Hickory, was convicted of felony trafficking of opium or heroin, five counts of felony breaking or entering, felony possession of stolen goods and habitual felon status. He was sentenced to 208-268 months in the Division of Adult Correction.

School board election filing begins Monday

June 1, 2012

Filing begins Monday for three seats on the Catawba County Schools Board of Education.

Seats up for election include those currently held by board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer and board members Stephen Hilton and Marilyn McRee.

Spencer and Hilton are completing their second terms on the board, while McRee is closing out her first term.

Conover budget hearing Monday

June 1, 2012

Conover citizens get one final chance to voice their opinions on the city's proposed budget for the coming year.

The city invites citizens to speak Monday night at a public forum that preludes Conover City Council's vote on approval of a 2012-13 fiscal year budget.

Newton's proposed electric rate hike reduced

June 1, 2012

Tweaks to Newton's proposed $38 million budget trimmed an electric rate hike slightly, reduced a pay raise for city workers and modified those workers' health insurance benefits.

All total, elected officials' changes to Newton City Manager Todd Clark's proposed budget cut the Fiscal Year 2012-13 spending plan by $306,400 to about $38.5 million.

Man charged in break-in spree

June 1, 2012

Authorities arrested a Sherrills Ford man Thursday on charges related to a rash of October 2011 vehicle and building break-ins in the Denver area.

Funeral set for mother, child killed in crash

June 1, 2012

Funeral arrangements are set for a mother and 13-month-old daughter killed Wednesday morning in a crash on N.C. 150 in Catawba County.

Tisa Michelle Strickland Dellinger, 26, and her daughter, Payton Michelle Dellinger, died when their Pontiac car struck a tractor-trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of concrete. The crash happened near the highway's intersection with N.C. 16.

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