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October 27th, 2011
A struggling national economy is not hurting Halloween-related spending in Catawba County.
Local Halloween businesses say customers have packed their stores this week buying decorations, costumes and candy leading up to the holiday next week.
Experts estimate total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion this season, numbers based on current projections, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.
The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.
Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Newton City Council's Tuesday meeting has been cancelled.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
A revised meeting schedule is on file in the city clerkâs office, according to information provided by the city.
A Catawba County woman is charged with driving while impaired after a crash near the Long View community killed a father and son.
Amie Jo Skeens, 39, is also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection to the crash that happened Tuesday near the line of Catawba and Burke counties.
The crash killed Steven Moody and his 19-year-old son, Kevin, both of Connelly Springs.
Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Skeens was in a minivan that sideswiped a motorcycle and then hit the Moodys' motorcycle head-on. The people on the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries.
Apple is clearing land in Maiden for a project it calls âSolar panel farm A.â
The company is burning and cutting down about 108 acres of land across the street from its data center, which opened earlier this year at 5977 Startown Road.
On Wednesday, after complaints from residents about smoke, Apple asked contractors at the site to chip wood rather than burn it, according to a statement from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality.
Newtonâs ghouls and goblins will flock to the 1924 Courthouse square this weekend for an event that is sure to be "Spooktacular."
Area groups will host the fourth annual Spooktacular event in downtown Newton on Saturday for children, parents and families looking to have a fun and safe Halloween.
This yearâs activities will revolve around Newtonâs downtown square from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to games, prizes and trick-or-treating, this yearâs Spooktacular will feature a costume contest.
Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger says he's not happy with the 2012-13 school calendar approved by the system's board of education this week.
"It's a terrible calendar," Barger said. "We're boxed in by the state."
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved the addition of five days to the school year. For the 2011-12 school year, the state Department of Public Instruction granted waivers to all 115 school systems to use the extra days for teacher training. Students will still attend classes 180 days this year.
The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.
A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.
Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.
Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.
Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.
The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.
Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.
As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.
"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.