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October 7th, 2011

Big splash?

October 7, 2011

After Newton invested $127,850 in its municipal pool, the facility garnered $7,331 in revenue during summer 2011.

"I don't think it is as much about the money as it is about providing a service for the citizens of Newton," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman.

Super safety

October 7, 2011

Before the sun topped the trees Friday morning, Barry Redmond directed traffic in front of Newton-Conover High School.

Redmond is superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools.

"Bottom line, it's a safety concern out here," he said. "This is my volunteer thing. I really do it because I don't want my staff to be out here. It's a bit dangerous."

Jobs cut in Newton, Conover

October 7, 2011

A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.

Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.

"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."

Jobs cut in Newton, Conover

October 7, 2011

A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.

Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.

"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."

Seeking swimmers

October 7, 2011

After getting a late start, Newton Recreation leaders say they worked hard to attract swimmers to the city's pool.

Those efforts produced modest results.

During summer 2011, the pool posted an average daily attendance of 32 swimmers from the general public, while 10 day camps frequented the facility during the three months it was open.

In June, attendance totaled 631, a number that includes repeat visitors. In June 2009 — the last summer the pool was open — that attendance number was 1,826.

October 6th

Claremont, Maiden hit the field

October 6, 2011

Claremont and Maiden officials yelled “batter up” on Tuesday to kick off an inaugural event aimed at increasing fellowship between the municipalities.

More than 40 staff members and elected officials played in the first annual Claremont v. Maiden softball game that night in an event officials say is less about competition and more about fun.

The game stemmed from a small idea between the municipal managers, but it grew to something bigger, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.

Police raid nets drugs, guns and cash

October 6, 2011

Police raided two Newton homes on Thursday and found drugs, guns and more than $1,000 in cash. Authorities arrested one man in the busts and are looking for another.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office worked with Lincoln County and Hickory police to serve warrants at two residences on Rhoney School Road.

City energizes efficient residents

October 6, 2011

Wayne Searles received a gift from the city of Newton on Thursday.
The gift even promises to help Searles save money.

Representatives from the city and ElectriCities delivered an energy-efficiency kit to Searles and his family at their home in east Newton.

"We want to help you get that power bill down," Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax said. "And if you ever have any questions, just give us a call."

Newton plugs in

October 6, 2011

Harold Duckworth electrified the minds of Startown Elementary School children Thursday.

The faces of Ahna Smith, Taylor Melkner and Leng Khang lit up as Duckworth raised the bucket on a city of Newton power truck.

"That thing was awesome when it went up," said 5-year-old Cody Lutz, pointing into the sky.

Cody's peers agreed. Dozens of children waved to Duckworth and said goodbye as he raised the bucket. Duckworth waved back and smiled.

October 5th

Hot parts

October 5, 2011

It’s the hottest item on a car thief’s wish list.

Catalytic converters, parts in the exhaust system used to reduce emissions, have become a prominent target for thieves because of the high price tag some carry. The car parts contain elements like platinum and rhodium, precious metals that often sell for thousands of dollars per ounce. As prices for those metals continue to skyrocket, authorities say larcenies will remain prominent as well.

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