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September 27th, 2011

Catawba gets Dollar General

September 28, 2011

This Dollar goes a long way.

A new Dollar General will open in Catawba this week, giving town residents quick and easy access to basic grocery store needs. There is no grocery store in Catawba, and many residents have to drive outside town lines currently to get food or a general item quickly.

The store is located at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Oxford School Road.

DWI causes moped wreck

September 28, 2011

A Conover man faces a charge of driving while impaired after he wrecked his moped Tuesday morning on N.C. 16.

Gregory Eugene Shook, 51, was impaired by medication, not alcohol, when he lost control of his scooter just before 5 a.m., said Trooper B.K. Perkins of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Perkins said the first person to arrive after Shook's accident was Keith Cranor of Roan Mountain, Tenn.

"He found him across the center line of the road, called 911 and waited," Perkins said of Cranor.

Shook was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Hickory man charged in fatal 321 crash

September 28, 2011

Alcohol was involved in a Sunday crash on U.S. 321 that killed a woman, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Tyler Harold Shull, 27, of Hickory, is charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after a crash that killed 21-year-old Jessica Justice of Stanley.

Shull, with Justice in the passenger seat, was driving his 2008 Volkswagen Passat north on 321 when he hit a 1996 Jeep SUV driven by Brooke Nicole Shipman of Clyde.

September 26th

Happy trails

September 27, 2011

Pieces of a recreation trail in Newton and Conover were in the spotlight on Sunday, even as dark rain clouds threatened.

Leaders in both cities dedicated segments of the Carolina Thread Trail – a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the counties’ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.

Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conover’s city council lifted a white sheet off a sign that marks the Thread Trail on a stretch of the Gateway Trail off 1st Street.

Police find pipe bomb in Newton

September 27, 2011

A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton man’s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.

Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish.

Authorities returned to Leatherman’s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.

Fish said Leatherman’s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.

September 23rd

Filing re-opens in Claremont

September 24, 2011

Filing for Claremont’s city council race will re-open on Monday after the recent death of incumbent James “PJ” Stanley.

Stanley, a 2011 incumbent who has served as a city councilman since 1987, died Wednesday after a short fight with leukemia.

The Catawba County Board of Elections announced on Friday that it will re-open filing for the council race from Monday until Wednesday.

Only two other candidates have filed for the race at this time – incumbents Nicky E. Setzer and M. Dale Sherrill. There are three open seats on the Claremont City Council.

Governor sees future of health care training

September 24, 2011

Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and county leaders saw what they called the future of health care training and workforce development Friday at Catawba Valley Community College.

CVCC presented its 28,000-square-foot regional simulated hospital on the fifth floor of the campus' Cuyler Dunbar Building in Hickory.

Simulator prepares CVCC students for health care careers

September 24, 2011

There is a hospital inside Catawba Valley Community College. On Friday, it came to life.

In a simulated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), second-year student Ethel Downey pulled a hunk of innards from the chest of a “gunshot victim.” She lifted it up for her fellow students and audience to see, and a line of fake blood squirted from the “patient’s” sliced artery and hit her on the forearm.

“You got me that time,” she said to fellow student Leslie Casey, who was controlling the reproduced blood palpitations. Downey looked at the patient simulator and continued operating.

Tour seeks to heal wounds of cancer

September 24, 2011

A pink fire truck parked in front of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton on Friday afternoon.

People walked up with black pens and wrote all over it – each set of words a message of support for women who have battled cancer.

The truck's visit was a stop on the Pink Heals Guardians of the Ribbons Tour, a nonprofit effort that began several years ago in Arizona as a way to raise awareness of breast and other cancers that women face.

Fast food robbers arrested

September 24, 2011

Justice didn’t taste so good this week for a group of men who set up a drive-through robbery in Denver last year.

Police arrested three men on Wednesday associated with an armed robbery at the Denver KFC/Taco Bell on May 26, 2010. The robbery was a setup and involved one suspect taking money from his acquaintance who worked at the restaurant, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

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