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September 26th, 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 â€“ a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the countiesâ€™ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.
Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conoverâ€™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.
A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton manâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Authorities returned to Leathermanâ€™s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.
Fish said Leathermanâ€™s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.
Filing for Claremontâ€™s city council race will re-open on Monday after the recent death of incumbent James â€śPJâ€ť 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 â€“ incumbents Nicky E. Setzer and M. Dale Sherrill. There are three open seats on the Claremont City Council.
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.
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 â€śgunshot victim.â€ť She lifted it up for her fellow students and audience to see, and a line of fake blood squirted from the â€śpatientâ€™sâ€ť sliced artery and hit her on the forearm.
â€śYou got me that time,â€ť she said to fellow student Leslie Casey, who was controlling the reproduced blood palpitations. Downey looked at the patient simulator and continued operating.
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 â€“ 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.
Justice didnâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Office.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas â€” at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
As Catawba County's community newspapers launch their third annual "Hometown Christmas" campaign, the Christmas spirit will begin flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.
"On Thursday we were proud to host the first Christmas party of 2010," O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard said of the event held at Newton Expo.
Catawba County is wants residents to stop littering and pick up a piece of trash.
As part of a two-week statewide initiative, the county is asking volunteer groups to help remove trash from roadways through the end of the month. The statewide LITTER SWEEP started Sept. 17 and will end Oct. 1.
â€śItâ€™s an effort to clean up litter on the roadsides in the community,â€ť said Kelly Groves, North Carolina Cooperative Extensive horticultural agent.
A Catawba County community garden saw a 500 percent increase in its produce and support this harvest.
The countyâ€™s Help Our People Eat (HOPE) gardens harvested and delivered 5,071 pounds of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of nearly 4,000 pounds from 2010.
â€śThis year was a lot better due to the constant rain we had this year compared to last year,â€ť said Christine S. Cofer, HOPE director and employee in the countyâ€™s finance department.
Cofer said that with the help of volunteers and contributors, HOPEâ€™s three gardens had water available on site, contrary to prior years.