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August 12th, 2011
With piano-playing hogs, a horse-naming competition and a star-studded music lineup, this yearâs Hickory American Legion Fair is all about the kids, fair officials announced Friday.
The 98th edition of the annual fair is going âhog wildâ in 2011, and officials said they are putting an emphasis on promoting agriculture this year. The fair will last from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
Part of the âhog wildâ theme includes actual hogs as well. This year, the fair has booked performing pigs that dance and play music.
As Nathan Miller showed off his newly built robot, he didnât miss a beat. âšDisplaying the ins and outs of his small machine made of tiny bits of Lego, he explained precisely why his creation is superior to the competition.
âšâOur robot is flat, so if someone elseâs ultrasonic sensor is taller, it will go right over ours,â he said. âWe made a wall shield in the front that will scoop up their robot and take it away, too.â
Police arrested two Newton residents who were hiding powder cocaine in a infantâs bedroom.
Authorities seized 186 grams of powder cocaine and $9,000 in cash from 911 S. Brady Ave. in Newton on Wednesday afternoon after Newton Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriffâs Office and Hickory Police Department served a search warrant at the residence.
Newton Police Chief Don Brown said the suspects were hiding the cocaine inside an infantâs bedroom.
A Catawba County Schools middle school teacher was fired Thursday for an "inappropriate" relationship with a high school student.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to terminate Mill Creek Middle School teacher Charles "Chuck" Settlemyre for six stated reasons, according to CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. All of those reasons were related to "inappropriate conversation and contact with a student," he said. The contact occurred during the spring semester of the 2010 school year, he said.
Area citizens will step, spin and sway tonight to raise funds for a Newton child who lost her mother to multiple brain aneurysms earlier this year.
The Perfect Workout expects at least 60 people to dance in a Zumbathon tonight at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church to raise money for the child of Nina Marie Leavitt Watkins, who passed away in June from multiple brain aneurysms.
Watkins was a member of The Perfect Workout and first felt sick while working out at the gym June 6, said Perfect Workout Owner Sharon Rashidi.
Family, delicious food and more than nine years of experience all create the perfect recipe for Tojo Bakeryâs success.
Barbara Tojo and her husband, George Tojo, set up shop in 2002 as a family-run bakery after originally moving to the U.S. from Cuba.
âWe moved from Cuba to Miami, Florida, and lived there for three years and worked in a bakery,â Barbara said. âThen we had a friend tell us to move here (North Carolina) and we worked in a factory for a couple of years.â
While the Tojos found the job at the factory as good experience, they wanted to return to working in a bakery.
A standard code of dress inches closer on the horizon for elementary students in Newton-Conover City Schools, and some of the system's principals say that's a good thing.
"As a team, we have talked about the standard code of dress, and we agree with it," said former Shuford Elementary Principal Patrick Nelson speaking on behalf of principals representing the systems elementary schools. "It works at the middle school, and it has been phenomenal. Once this is approved, we will present you with discipline results and show you this has been positive."
Area emergency officials were busy in the countyâs Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.
âšCatawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.
The first addition to Newton Depot Authorityâs outdoor museum rolled into the station on Tuesday, and it is more than 90 years old.
A crane lowered a 1920s-style locomotive and fuel tender into place on Tuesday on non-functional train tracks behind the Newton Depot Authority on N. Main Avenue.
Depot officials said there is only one other locomotive and tender set like it in the nation.
Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun â these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion âCruisinâ & Car Showâ scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
In its 20th year, Cruisinâ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisinâ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunionâs weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.