The Honorable Clifton H. Smith was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill the seat of the retiring 25th District Court Judge Suzanne Owsley.
Smith was sworn in by Chief District Court Judge Robert Brady in a ceremony on Friday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
Not even the snow and ice could put out the fire in Newton.
City officials, along with the police and fire department personnel, were in attendance for Fridayâ€™sÂ groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station headquarters.
Attorney David Learner has filed in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections as a candidate for District Attorney for Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties.
Known throughout the local criminal justice system, Learner has been a prosecutor and a trial attorney who has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity.