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Those hoping to celebrate the Christmas season through worship have a wide range of church services to choose from during the holidays.
For those who enjoy music during their Christmas services, New Vision Church of Conover offers two Christmas Eve services with plenty to sing about.
"We're going to sing a lot of carols and have a lot of songs," said the Rev. Ann Aichinger of New Vision. "Basically, it's a very simple, beautiful service."
The Catawba County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police collected more than 100 toys and stuffed animals to donate to sick and needy children and adults spending the holiday season in the hospital.
FOP volunteers distributed the gifts Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to give away the gifts and make recipients smile.
"We're here to see smiles," said FOP president Carl Pope, who is retired from the Highway Patrol. "Whether it's from the adults or the kids, we just want to see smiles."
Newton Police are looking for a motorist who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage when the driver's car crashed into an apartment building.
The incident happened Wednesday several minutes after midnight at the Sandalwood Apartments at East 11th Street and Mount Olive Church Road in Newton.
The driver of a white and gray Jeep was parked at building 712 near apartment A when, according to a witness, the motorist drove from the parked position straight into the apartment building. The motorist then left the scene of the crash.
Maiden officials are optimistic about the town's financial stability and are hoping for continued success in the upcoming year.
"We've had a good year," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "And to do that in this economy is a good thing."
Every department in the town operated under budget in the last fiscal year, and town officials didn't have to access its reserves to make it through the year.
The town operates at 72.42 percent of its unreserved fund balance as compared to total expenditure, which far exceeds the Local Government Commission's recommended 8-12 percent.
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” Charges are unlikely for a North Carolina woman so upset about her financial situation she walked into a TV station and put what turned out to be an unloaded gun to her head, a police spokesman said
Wendy Cosby Naidas, 51, of Conover was only a threat to herself, not anyone in WSOC-TV's studios in Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Robert Fey said. She was undergoing a mental evaluation at a Charlotte hospital.
A woman and her child were treated for possible smoke inhalation Tuesday after a fire broke out in their Newton duplex.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 405 E. J St., where they found a working structure fire on the right side of a one-story duplex.
"There was a significant amount of fire showing when we arrived," said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
One year ago, Catawba Mayor Vance Readling said two controversial construction projects were dividing the town.
Now, the projects are delayed indefinitely in light of financial restraints, but town officials are looking to the coming months to get Catawba's budget back on track.
Readling cited budgetary stability as his top goal for the town in the coming year.
"I think we're going to have to focus on all aspects of the budget, from revenue to expenditures," Readling said.
The elderly population represents about 13 percent of United States residents.
That 13 percent translates to about one in eight Americans, according to the Administration on Aging.
Of the elderly population, millions of people live in nursing homes or are confined to their residences because of serious illnesses or disabilities.
But thanks to area agencies, senior citizens living in Catawba County can enjoy the comforts of the holiday season.
A fire was reported Tuesday at a manufacturing facility in Conover.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company at 9:51 a.m., according to the Conover Fire Department.
The fire, which occurred in the building's manufacturing area called the "carousel," was extinguished before firefighters arrived. The scene was under control at 10:04 a.m., and Conover firefighters used the building's ventilation system to remove any remaining smoke from the building.
No one was injured.
St. Stephens High School will receive an upgraded kitchen and lunchroom, thanks to leftover funds from previous projects.
SSHS' kitchen and lunchroom are part of the school's original construction dating back to 1963, according to Catawba County Schools interim superintendent Glenn Barger.
The renovated lunchroom is expected to seat at least 444 students at a time. However, the CCS Board of Education opted to add a future seating area to their plan as an alternate for bidders. The potential area can add 120 more seats, equaling 564 seats for students in the lunchroom.