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June 29th, 2011

Investment gives market boost

June 29, 2011

Every day, the occasional train pulls a short line of box cars along portions of the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Catawba County. After chugging through farmland and rural pastures in Maiden, the railroad enters Newton, and then Conover — passing an array of abandoned textile and furniture plants that once thrived with life.

But since the millennium, the plants that once powered the county’s economy have lost about 34,000 jobs to other areas of the country and overseas. This caused some to say the furniture and textile industry in the Greater Hickory area was dead.

Truck catches on fire

June 29, 2011

Newton firefighters spray a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck that caught fire Wednesday in the driveway of a home at 1001 N. Davis St. in Newton.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the truck owner turned the vehicle on, left the air conditioning running and then returned inside his home. When the owner went back to the truck minutes later, the car was smoking and on fire.

Yoder added that his department first received a call of a garage fire and subsequently dispatched multiple fire engines to the scene. Yoder said that normally only one engine responds to a regular car fire call.

B&E suspects strangle woman

June 29, 2011

Police are searching for three individuals who broke into a Newton apartment Tuesday and strangled and choked a 73-year-old woman that was inside the home.

Authorities say Austin Chislom, 17, of Newton, was one of three suspects to enter a Newton woman’s apartment at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. The suspects allegedly strangled and choked the 73-year-old before stealing multiple firearms from the residence.

Man arrested for 2010 shooting

June 29, 2011

Lincolnton — A Newton man was arrested in connection with a 2010 shooting incident outside a Denver bar.

Chad Eugene Moten, 34, of Newton, was arrested by Lincoln County sheriff's detectives and charged with attempted murder, after police got "a break in the case" on June 18.

On Jan. 1, 2010, Jeremiah Seth Hoyle got into an altercation with the suspect inside the Neat Martini Bar at 751 N. N.C. 16, according to Lincoln County detective Kelly Paris.

June 28th

Rape survivor to speak to local professionals, citizens

June 28, 2011

A rape survivor will share her story with area law enforcement, mental health clinicians and other local groups today to help educate working professionals about sexual violence.

Debbie Smith, and her husband Rob, will be the keynote speakers at the seventh annual Sexual Assault Response Team Conference held today from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover.

Juvenile driver strikes man

June 28, 2011

A Tennessee man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an unlicensed juvenile driver struck him in a Kmart parking lot in Conover.

Authorities and witnesses said a juvenile driver was exiting the Kmart parking lot off U.S. 70 in Conover at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when his

Kia Soul struck a 60-year-old man walking along the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the store’s entrance.

Conover Police Sgt. B. Lowdermilk said the white male victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and was “talking and alert.”

The juvenile driver was the only occupant in the car.

Thief strikes supermarket

June 28, 2011

Newton Police were able to locate and arrest a Statesville man Tuesday that stole money from an area grocery store after distracting an employee.
Authorities say Burley Roberts Mayberry, 37, of Statesville, walked into the El Caporal grocery store in Newton at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store's cash register.  

Elisa Baker hearing postponed

June 28, 2011

Elisa Baker did not appear in court Tuesday because the judge presiding over her court cases was out of town.

A pre-trial hearing for Baker was postponed until July 14 on Tuesday after Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid filed an order last week that will make him the sole judge ruling over her cases. Kincaid was outside Catawba County on Tuesday in Gastonia, said Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson.

CCS fights transportation, overtime funds

June 28, 2011

Catawba County Schools transportation funds were cut 2.5 percent "across the board," according to the state education budget. With the decrease, CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger recommended the board consider implementing ways to reduce overtime. One idea includes hiring 62 contract bus drivers.
In essence, these 62 individuals will be part-time employees with CCS, which will help the school system reduce overtime funds. Barger said the bus drivers will be certified.

CCS Board approves personnel cuts

June 28, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved to cut 34 certified positions and 27 teacher assistant positions at its Monday meeting.

The 34 positions cut include:
2 central office positions
1.5 ESL teachers
11.5 exceptional children teachers
6 elementary positions
1 middle school position
6 high school positions
2 high school media positions
2 high school counselors
1 dropout prevention counselor
1 More at Four position

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