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April 22nd, 2011

$6.5M in grants, no easy task

April 22, 2011

Conover received $6.5 million in grants for Conover Station, but according to city officials, applying for grants is not an easy task.

"(Completing) the application is the easy part," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "Completing the documents to start spending the money is the hard work."

In 2007 Duncan, along with a core group in the city government planning department, started applying for grants in 2007 for Conover Station after purchasing the property in 2005.

'Soap for Hope' helps fund Haitian education

April 22, 2011

Two years ago, Dr. Kerry Reeves and wife Joy left behind the comforts of their Conover home and moved into an orphanage in Haiti, as they expanded New Vision Ministries into a full-time
mission.
Some of the many services they provide for the Haitian people include vision care, business
mentoring programs for fisherman and a sponsorship program for children, which involves a sponsor paying for a year's worth of education.
In Haiti, there is no such thing as public education and according to UNICEF, roughly 50 percent of their children never step foot in a classroom.

April 21st

5 dogs attack mail carrier

April 21, 2011

A mail carrier met her worst nightmare Thursday when she was attacked by five dogs while delivering a package to former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's property.

According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, Mary Bolton, 32, was delivering mail at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday to 6397 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba.

Catawba Fire Chief Don Robinson said Bolton could not fit a package into the mailbox, so she attempted to walk to the home when she was attacked by one dog. Robinson said four more dogs then approached Bolton and also attacked her.

Area Red Cross helps in eastern N.C.

April 21, 2011

Even though Saturday's tornadoes were miles away from Catawba County, that didn't stop area American Red Cross volunteers and employees from making a trip to help victims.

David Garrison, administrator for readiness and response with Catawba Valley American Red Cross, arrived Sunday with two other Red Cross volunteers to help feed victims.

"We have a partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men (organization)," Garrison said. "We buy the food, they prepare it, and we distribute it."

School bus accident

April 21, 2011

A school bus full of students was rear-ended at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Bandys High School.
One vehicle hit the back of the school bus at 1158 Buffalo Shoals Road. There is minor damage to the vehicle and bus. No injuries reported.

April 20th

Strawberry season is officially here

April 20, 2011

With warm weather on the horizon that can only mean one thing — L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse is now open.

Strawberry season started Monday, which is early for L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse.

Farm owner Lucas Richard said the best weather for strawberries is cool, dry temperatures. Berries don’t typically start to bloom until March 15 or as late as March 20, he said.

“Our season usually runs from April 20 to June 15, (if lucky) we can go to the end of June,” Richard said, who has owned the farm since 1995.

“It just depends on if the weather can stay cool till the end of June.”

Newton tests swimming pool waters

April 20, 2011

To swim or not to swim?

That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.

Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.

"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."

Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.

Community services highlight holiday

April 20, 2011

The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a community celebration to remember Jesus' life.

First Presbyterian Church in Newton will host a Good Friday service at noon in the church's sanctuary. Mark Watson, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, said the service is expected to last about 45 minutes.

"It's a time to remember Jesus through scripture reading, meditation and liturgy," Watson said.

In addition to the quiet time and scripture message, Watson said participants will sing traditional hymns and hear a solo by Ann Aichinger, a pastor at New Vision Church in Conover.

Abondoned house fire deemed intentional

April 20, 2011

An abandoned house caught fire Tuesday night, and officials are seeking information on its cause.
At 10:19 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters responded to a fire in a wooded area that involved an old abandoned house at 3760 11th St. NE.
No injuries were reported in the fire, and damage estimates are being compiled.
Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one tanker, and one command vehicle. Due to the size of the woods fire, HFD called for two additional tankers.
A tanker from St. Stephens Fire Department also responded to the scene. 

Zahra's father out of jail, but monitored

April 20, 2011

HICKORY — The father of a murdered 10-year-old cancer survivor is no longer in federal custody but has to wear an ankle monitor to check his whereabouts.

Australian native Adam Baker is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. He posted $10,000 bond but was turned over to federal immigration officials who have prohibited him from leaving the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black said Wednesday that Baker was not in custody, but declined to elaborate.

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