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August 24th, 2011

Newton man killed in motorcycle wreck

August 24, 2011

For the past ten years, Nelson Clark’s life has revolved around Harley Davidson.

He loved to ride, but not just for himself. Every year, Clark rode in charity events and fundraisers, including an annual even for kids at Conover School.

“He did the Christmas toy run every winter and was always involved in charities,” said Ginger Mitchell, Clark’s sister.

On Tuesday, Clark was killed in a traffic accident doing the thing he loved most – riding his Harley.  

Clark, of Newton, was killed after his motorcycle hit a car that failed to stop for a red light.

Police name suspect in cab murder

August 24, 2011

Police have named Camyron Fredrick Johnson as a suspect in connection with the murder of a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night.

Johnson is a 22-year-old white male that weighs 180 to 190 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police consider him armed and dangerous.

He is wanted in connection with the murder of Adam Todd Williams, 32, of Hickory, who was murdered Tuesday night after responding to a fare near the LongHorn Steakhouse parking lot on U.S. 70.

August 23rd

NCCS ahead of concussion curve

August 23, 2011

As school systems statewide work to implement policies mandated by the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, Newton-Conover City Schools is "ahead of the curve."

The measure was signed into law in June, and NCCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond said the school system began immediately laying the groundwork required to improve awareness, documentation and treatment.

More than a 'ding'

August 23, 2011

School officials statewide are tackling the problem of concussions and traumatic brain injuries before a bump on the head ends an athlete's life.

Man robs, whips, slaps Newton couple

August 23, 2011

A man pistol whipped a woman while she was bathing Monday while breaking into a Newton home and stealing money and pills.  

Police say Patrick Steven Shuford, 26, of Newton, broke into a mobile home at 4489 Athens Drive in Newton about 11:30 a.m. Monday demanding money from Greg Allen Beard, 29, who lives at the residence.

“He came in and was shouting ‘Where’s my money? Where’s my money?’” said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Reid said the victim knew Shuford, but did not know what he was talking about.

Earthquake rocks East Coast

August 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City and as far south as North Carolina and Alabama.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

Immediately after the earthquake, social media networks exploded with activity.

Help in a time of need

August 23, 2011

Davey Glover loves his job.

He’s a data analyst at Shurtape Technologies in Hickory, and has worked for the company for more than 35 years.

But after being diagnosed with Lou Gherig’s Disease last year, Davey can’t talk, can barely walk, and will have to stop working Aug. 31.

Though he is weak and on a feeding tube now, friends, family and colleagues say Davey “was one of a kind,” “a marvelous man,” and a significant member of his church and community.

Love-N-Care

August 23, 2011

Sam Christopher, 3, plays with a toy car on Monday inside the newly-opened Love-N-Care Child Development Center (CDC) in Conover.

August 22nd

Maiden relaxes sign rules

August 22, 2011

More political and sandwich board signs may be popping up around Maiden after officials passed a new signage ordinance this week.
 

“We found problems that (the old ordinance) wasn’t meeting the needs of the citizens.

It wasn’t allowing newer types of signs to be used,” Schultz said. “We tried to make it easier to understand for the regular person. We don’t always want to be doing enforcement, and we want people to read it, understand it and have a good ordinance in the end.”

August 19th

Judge: NCCS guilty of excellence

August 19, 2011

Newton-Conover City Schools kicked off the school year a little different this year.

Unlike past years, the Opening Day Celebration for principals, teachers and staff was held in the Old Post Office Playhouse in downtown Newton on Friday – and as the location suggests, there was no lack of drama.

As NCCS Associate Superintendent Dr. David Stegall introduced the Opening Day Celebration’s guest speaker, a wild-eyed and eccentric woman came barging down the OPOP aisle.

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