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February 17th, 2011

Nice weather could bring drought

February 17, 2011

Catawba County residents enjoyed warm, clear weather for the previous week, but that good weather could come at a cost.

On Thursday, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources listed Catawba County as one of 27 North Carolina counties under moderate drought conditions, and continued warm, dry weather could only worsen those conditions.

The National Weather Service forecasts no rain and partially sunny conditions for Newton and the surrounding area during the next seven days. High temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Newton minimum charges 'unfair'

February 17, 2011

When it comes to obtaining city services for new homes or rental residences, one Newton landlord says the city's policies aren't fair.

"To get services from the city, you have to pay for all of them. You can't just have electricity, water, sewer or solid waste pick-up — you have to have all of them or you can't get any," said Newton resident Tom Dixon.

Further every city water customer is billed for at least 3,000 gallons of water usage, regardless of how much water they actually consume.

321 closed twice in 3 days

February 17, 2011

A portion of U.S. 321 was closed for the second time in three days Thursday after crashes downed power lines between Newton and Maiden.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed U.S. 321 Business starting at Prison Camp Road just south of Newton after a truck crashed into a power pole about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Tabet said Stephen Bates, 58, of Newton, was traveling northbound near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business when his Ford F-150 truck went left of center and crashed into a city of Maiden power pole.

Wreck closes U.S. 321

February 17, 2011

Both directions of a Catawba County highway are closed Thursday after a car crash. 

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a truck crashed into power lines near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. 

A portion of U.S. 321 Business was closed in both directions. North Carolina Department of Transporation crews set up detours for motorists. 

Students get inside look into NCSHP

February 17, 2011

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol gave area students an inside look at what it takes to be a trooper, hoping to encourage students to join the patrol in the coming years.

Newton-Conover Middle School students arrived at NCSHP's Troop F headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton to hear a presentation about the patrol and tour its facilities.

"We need troopers, and we're going to need troopers in the next 10 years," said Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Phillips. "... Our mission is to protect the people of North Carolina."

February 16th

Leaders decide 'what is Catawba?'

February 16, 2011

Catawba leaders are developing strategies to increase revenue and market the town as a place where people want to live, work and spend their money.

Town council members met with town manager Brian Barnett on Tuesday to discuss the town's upcoming budget process for the next fiscal year, which leaders hope will start closing the projected gap between the town's revenues and expenditures.

Fourth man identified in train crash

February 16, 2011

Hickory Police learned the identity of a man who fled from a car before it was struck by a train near Union Square last weekend.

Dontea Kennedy, 21, of Maiden, allegedly got out of a 2010 Dodge Challenger early Sunday morning and fled on foot before a train collided with the car, injuring one of the passengers. Police didn't know Kennedy's identity at the time of the crash, only that there was a fourth male in the car.

Counselors advise, assist students

February 16, 2011

For Catawba County school counselors, assisting students isn't about simply sitting down and talking about their feelings.

Counselors in the school system try to ensure every student has the emotional and mental support they need to learn on a daily basis.

Officials from Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools said these positions are vital in the school system, especially during times when economic woes impact students, as well as their parents.

Teen gets attorney in murder case

February 16, 2011

The teenager accused of killing his roommate with an axe then carving a word into the man's body received court-appointed counsel Monday during his first appearance in court.

No fewer than four officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were in District Court on Wednesday as Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, was led into the courtroom wearing a neon green jumpsuit. Anderson appeared emotionless as Judge Robert A. Mullinax told him he was charged with murder.

Newton 'not getting the job done'

February 16, 2011

Collapsed buildings, household garbage and unlicensed vehicles filled with trash clutter a property on Newton's North Ashe Avenue.
It isn't the only city property with violations of Newton's nuisance and abandoned vehicle ordinances, but Worth Arnold Jr.'s residence did seem to be a final straw for the city's mayor.

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