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May 29th, 2011

Remembering freedom's cost

May 29, 2011

Freedom comes at a cost. The American Legion Post 48 remembered the men and women Sunday who helped bring freedom to the nation.
With the sounds of a jet flying over a crowd of about 75 people, veterans and community members looked up with one thing in mind – remembrance of those sounds during a time of war when many lives were lost so Americans can live freely. These sounds and memories define Memorial Day.

Navy 'buddies' reunite

May 29, 2011

Reggie York and John Lesjack hadn’t seen each other in more than 50 years.
The old Navy buddies, separated on different sides of the country nearly half their lives, now sat with only a table between them at the Artist’s Café in Newton.
It was a long-awaited reunion, but the two friends joked like they had saw each other yesterday.
“I’ve tried to write you, but only get responses from your wife and son,” Lesjack said.
“What do you mean?” York replied.

Students becoming soldiers

May 29, 2011

For most graduating seniors, the anticipation of finishing high school comes with the excitement of beach trips in the summer and starting college in the fall. For others, a much different feeling of anticipation is brewing. Trading in their flip-flops for combat boots, many local teenagers are making the decision to commit the next few years of their life to their nation rather than to themselves.
 

Newton hears funding requests

May 29, 2011

Newton organizations, such as Green Room Community Theatre, Newton Depot Authority, the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority and others, asked the city for almost $975,000 in special appropriations in the year ahead.
However, a budget plan unveiled this month by Newton City Manager Todd Clark comes up $112,000 short of requested funding levels and leaves many of those organizations with no city financial support in the year ahead.

May 26th

Elisa Baker held on charges

May 26, 2011

CHARLOTTE (AP) — A North Carolina woman charged in the death of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter made her first appearance in federal court Thursday on unrelated charges of trafficking prescription medications.

U.S. Magistrate David Keesler in Charlotte ordered that Elisa Baker, 43, be held until a detention hearing on June 2.

Federal prosecutors said Baker distributed and planned to distribute drugs including oxycodone and hydrocodone between 2006 and last October. They also say she conspired with others to distribute the drugs.

Historic home hit by vandals

May 26, 2011

A historical staple of Catawba County may never look the same.
The owners of the Rock Barn House in Conover are saying unidentified suspects broke into the historic home sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon and completely vandalized the property.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident, but Sheriff Coy Reid said a incident report was not filed as of press time Thursday.
Donald Herman, 56, of Conover, owns the property along with five siblings and said the sheriff's department estimated more than $100,000 in damages to the home.

Water, sewer increases help fund Claremont’s 5-year plan

May 26, 2011

Sewer and water rates will increase in Claremont next year, but city officials said the rate hikes will help fund the city’s long-term infrastructure needs.

“Our treatment facilities are aging in their capacities, and we want to be able to handle the additional capacity generated,” said Claremont Mayor David Morrow. “It’s also going to help us in what our total capital expenditure and goals will require in the future.”

Local school vies for $25,000

May 26, 2011

The kids at Webb A. Murray Elementary School are popping open Pepsis and crossing their fingers in hopes of winning thousands of dollars in much-needed musical instruments.

Since one “passionate” music teacher entered Murray Elementary in the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition in April, students and teachers alike have been sipping Pepsis and voting online daily for the school to win $25,000 in drums, guitars and recorders.

May 25th

School uses Thermo Compactors

May 25, 2011

Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.

That’s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.

The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.

“The students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we don’t have the same amount of garbage,” said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. “It’s been very easy to operate.”

The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.

County to cut mutual aid fire funding, despite needs

May 25, 2011

Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.

The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid — funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.

"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.

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