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April 28th, 2011

Friends remember teen's dreams

April 28, 2011

Jeremy Lee Truitt's dream car was a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.

"He loved cars," said Randy Bowman, owner of Heritage Storage/Motors.

"That was just his dream car."

Recalling Truitt's dream car is one of many memories flowing through the minds of Bowman and his wife Pat on Thursday.

Truitt's boss said he was well-liked and a hard-working employee.

"You couldn't ask for a better kid," said Brian McRee, owner of Brookford Cafe and Catering.

Many mourned, including the Bowmans, who feel like they lost a son.

City 'shakes up' annual Unity Day

April 28, 2011

Celebrating diversity and unity is nothing new for Newton, but as the city began planning this year's Unity Day it decided the annual event needed a little something extra.

"We are trying to do something a little different," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who is chair of the Newton Human Relations Council, which organizes Unity Day. "We wanted to try to shake it up and make it a more festive atmosphere."

This year's Unity Day event is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Southside Park, and it promises musical entertainment, food and fun.

The event is free to the public.

April 27th

Passenger released from hospital after fatal crash

April 27, 2011

A passenger in a fatal accident was released from the hospital.
Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver, was released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Davis was a back-seat passenger in a single-car accident early Tuesday morning that killed 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford.
Davis was ejected from the vehicle after driver 20-year-old Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was going about 70 mph on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday. The speed limit is 45 mph on the road.

Fire destroys outbuilding

April 27, 2011

Maiden and Newton firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a two-story storage building Wednesday.
Maiden assistant fire chief Tracy Caldwell said Maiden firefighters arrived at 1109 Zeb Haynes Road in Maiden at 3:10 p.m. to a storage outbuilding on fire. Caldwell said Maiden firefighters, with the help of Newton firefighters, had the structure fire extinguished in 15 minutes.
Caldwell said the fire started on the second-story of the storage building, which stored household items.

Bank of Granite merging

April 27, 2011

After struggling in recent years, a pair of North Carolina banks with more than two centuries of combined service are merging.

News of the merger came just ahead of a Department of Justice announcement that the future banking brand for both financial institutions agreed to pay a $400,000 restitution settlement after it failed to detect a $40-million Ponzi scheme operated through its accounts.

Bank 'turned blind eye' to scheme

April 27, 2011

Court documents released Wednesday reveal that during the past two years CommunityOne Bank experienced more than $283 million in losses that brought it to the brink of failure.

Further, the bank's accounts were utilized in a $40-million Ponzi securities fraud and money laundering scheme.

That left the Asheboro-based bank with few choices for survival: raise new capital, sell or merge.

In the end, the bank did all three.

Bank of Granite, CommunityOne to merge

April 27, 2011

ASHEBORO, N.C. — CommunityOne Bank and Bank of Granite have announced plans to merge, creating a financial network with more than $5 billion in deposits and assets.

Bank of Granite Chairman John Bray said Wednesday the merger of the two North Carolina banks will provide a stronger financial position and improve customer service.

Bank of Granite was founded in 1906 and has branches throughout western North Carolina. CommunityOne was founded in 1907 and serves communities in central, southern and western North Carolina.

April 26th

Grant helps bake something good for Newton

April 26, 2011

About Main Street Grants: Main Street Solutions grants are highly competitive, with about 99 communities eligible to apply for the anticipated 6 to 12 grant awards. The application process requires preparation of a business plan, financial statements, marketing strategies and downtown vision and strategic plans. The state of North Carolina made almost $1.4 million available for 2011 Main Street Solutions grants, with a limit of $200,000 maximum per community.

Grants were limited to $25,000 per new job created.

Startown animal hospital to open

April 26, 2011

A Startown veterinary office is almost ready to open a little more than a year after Newton City Council approved to rezone "Highway Business" districts.

Dr. Matt Pennell plans to open Startown Veterinary Hospital in mid-May after renovations are complete on an existing building at 2421 N.C. 10 West, near the intersection of N.C. 10 and Startown Road.

"We are tying together loose ends," Pennell said, as construction crews worked on the building Tuesday morning.

Restaurant robbed, suspect on the loose

April 26, 2011

Several law enforcement agencies scoured Catawba County on Tuesday searching for an armed robbery suspect.

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