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September 9th, 2011
Only a few hours after terrorists attacked the United States, Catawba County's community newspaper was among the first in the state and the nation to hit the streets with the news.
"We had it in the newspaper pretty quick. We may have been the first newspaper in North Carolina to print it," said Jon Alverson, former sports editor for The Observer News Enterprise. "I know we had it out before noon."
Police busted a one-man drug and gun operation in Claremont on Thursday that yielded marijuana, cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.
Authorities searched a Claremont home Thursday and found 295 grams of marijuana, 40 firearms, $13,000 in cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.
Police also seized a liquor still from the residence at 7103 River Bend Road, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
Ten years ago on Sept. 11, Jan Herman and her seventh-grade class were studying a weather unit at Arndt Middle School. Using information from a weather broadcast on TV, the students filled in weather charts on pieces of paper.
Just before 9 a.m., The Weather Channelâ€™s coverage was interrupted by a news broadcast. It was footage of the World Trade Center burning â€“ smoke pluming into clouds high above.
Herman didnâ€™t turn the TV off or change the channel.
Lanny Hartsoe strolled through the old Warlong Building in Conover Station on Wednesday with a smile on his face. He looked up, then down and closely observed the building he worked in for 24 years. Â
â€śI reckon your office is gone, Sam,â€ť he said to one of his former colleagues.
Hartsoe was one of about 10 former Broyhill Furniture employees to tour the newly renovated Warlong Building.
Sometimes it takes extreme measures to create change.
After a â€śharshâ€ť letter and a heated public discussion, Claremontâ€™s city council and Optimist Club are once again communicating.
It has been four years since Claremont officials have heard from the club they have invested more than $200,000 in, but a clear-cut letter from city leaders finally drew some public discourse that has â€śre-openedâ€ť the lines of communication between the two groups.
The Claremont Optimist Club leases land at Frances Sigmon Park on Keisler Dairy Road for recreational leagues and activities for children.
These arenâ€™t your granddadâ€™s train sets.
The nationâ€™s top train and landscape modelers are descending on Hickory this weekend for the 31st annual National Narrow Gauge Convention.
Event planners say the convention will bring more than 2,000 people to the Hickory area, and four area hotels are already full.
It is the first time the annual convention has been held in the southeast and world-renowned modelers will have large- and small-scale layouts for the public to view, said Matt Bumgarner, secretary of the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Conover moved forward this week with financial commitments that may help create nearly 100 new jobs in the next several years. In exchange, the city will spend up to $181,000 of its money and a $750,000 grant on economic development projects at LEE Industries Inc. and Dalco Nonwovens.
City of Newton offers free wireless Internet access in downtown area, public parks and city facilities.
Breakout box: Access City of Newton Free: Anyone using a computer or smart phone that has a wireless Internet adapter can access the network. Users must first acknowledge the city's Internet policy, then Internet access is free. The network is a secure network.
The city of Newton is getting hot, hot, hot.
Jacobs Fork Park is a hotspot, and so is the city pool. City hall is hot, and, in fact, the downtown Newton business district is one of the hottest spots in the city.
A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.
No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.
North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a â€śburdenâ€ť and complicate years of â€śgood planning.â€ť
During this yearâ€™s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.