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May 24th, 2011

Rotary salutes character, integrity

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotarians presented the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award on Tuesday night, and just like the annual award's namesake, this year's recipient is a club member "exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity."

Newton-native, World War II veteran and career contractor Glenn E. Yount was presented with the "Dr. Mac" award during Newton-Conover Rotary Club's annual Rotary Night at Catawba Country Club. Yount, 94, has been a Rotarian for 26 years, is the club's senior member and attends club meetings regularly.

Wolfe recieves Rotary's top honor

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.

"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."

Car drives through Little Pigs

May 24, 2011

Lunch never came for customers at Little Pigs Barbecue on Tuesday after a woman drove her car through the building's exterior brick walls.

"I'd thought a bomb had gone off," said Esther Martin, 78, of Newton, who was waiting on a hot dog and iced tea when the car came barreling through the building. "I didn't even get to eat lunch."

New school schedule hits Maiden district

May 24, 2011

Parents, students and faculty in the Maiden Feeder District will have a new school schedule starting in August.

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved a revised start and end time schedule. The new schedule will affect Maiden, Tuttle and Startown elementary schools, Maiden Middle School and Maiden High School.

Startown Elementary Principal Barbara Bell presented a proposal to board members Monday on behalf of the feeder district to change the start and end times for each school. The time change affects vary at each school from 5 minutes lost to a 20-minute difference.

NASCAR inducts second hall of fame class

May 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE (AP) — There was shock, maybe even outrage, when David Pearson didn't make the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

If Pearson felt slighted, he never said.

Pearson made the wait worth it Monday night, headlining the inauguration of the five-member second class. As he did last year, when he was passed over for induction, Pearson called on the voting panel to elect NASCAR's pioneers before anyone else.

"I'm being honest, none of us should be in it," Pearson said, throwing his support behind the likes of Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks and Ray Fox.

May 23rd

DA gets help with new law

May 23, 2011

The local district attorney's office is using the help of state representatives to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a felony in North Carolina.

State representatives Tim Moore and Mark Hilton are currently drafting a bill in partnership with Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither that will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a Class C felony.

"I certainly would hope and believe that this bill will receive a lot of support," Moore said.

Moore said he was contacted by the district attorney's office about the bill.

Storm drain box failure causes sinkhole

May 23, 2011

Hickory Public Utilities crews and state-hired contractors say the cause of a U.S. 70 sinkhole is a storm drain junction box failure.

The sinkhole, which happened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, closed traffic between Chili's and Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley. Crews worked Friday and Saturday to stabilize the hole, repair the damaged infrastructure and install a new junction box.

The existing storm drain under U.S. 70 SE is damaged, and N.C. Department of Transportation will contract to bore a new storm drain crossover pipe in the coming days. 

'Pendulum Swings' draws crowd

May 23, 2011

Area residents flocked to the Carolina Theater in Hickory on Sunday for a screening of the area-filmed movie "Pendulum Swings."

The film, shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was shot in 86 different locations in North Carolina, including Newton, Conover, Hickory, Morganton and Statesville, among others.

"It's not often that you get to go to see a film that was shot locally and also get to meet some of the actors," said "Pendulum Swings" Director Bill Rahn.

Rahn, who lives in Morganton, was at the Carolina Theater on Sunday along with Reginald Blunt, an actor from the film.

Tree nearly kills man

May 23, 2011

A Claremont man is lucky to be alive after storms caused a large tree to fall on his car Sunday.

Brandon Pennell, 26, was driving down First Avenue South in Conover on Sunday night when high winds uprooted a 200-year-old oak tree onto the top his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The large tree crushed the car, pinning Pennell in the driver's seat briefly before being taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center. After doctors tested him for serious injuries, Pennell was released with a sprained back and minor lacerations to his knee and hand.

May 20th

Students get NASA internships

May 20, 2011

Three Challenger Early College High School students will work with NASA this summer as part of several internship programs.

Kathryn Alley, Brittany Shepherd and Kristi Chang, all juniors, are the first students from Challenger to be selected for the NASA internships.

"I'm extremely proud of all three of them," said Tim Adams, who teaches earth and environmental science at Challenger. "This is a great opportunity; it's something they can put on their resume for the rest of their lives."

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