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October 27th, 2011

DWI charge follows crash that killed father, son

October 27, 2011

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.

October 26th

Green Apple?

October 26, 2011

Apple is clearing land in Maiden for a project it calls “Solar panel farm A.”

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.

Newton event ‘Spooktacular’

October 26, 2011

Newton’s 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 year’s activities will revolve around Newton’s downtown square from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to games, prizes and trick-or-treating, this year’s Spooktacular will feature a costume contest.

Calendar constraints

October 26, 2011

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.

October 25th

Death penalty sought

October 25, 2011

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.

Bands march into Newton

October 25, 2011

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.

Grand champions

October 25, 2011

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.

Strength restored

October 25, 2011

Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.

The church’s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuary’s brick-and-mortar frame.

“Columns were falling down and there wasn’t any concrete left in the walls,” said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.

“It didn’t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.”

The church demanded a fix — and fast — before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.

October 24th

Conover thanks helpers, gets gift

October 24, 2011

A Conover resident’s thoughtful donation adds more history to the city’s newest building.

Dwight Rockett, a Conover fireman and native, permanently loaned two antique vehicles earlier this year to the city’s Multimodal Complex.

The century-old U.S. Postal Service buggy and railway freight cart will be housed on the third floor of the complex that opened Monday.

City officials say the antiques add another historic aspect to the 100-year-old revitalized building that housed manufacturers throughout the 20th century.

What’s next for Conover Station?

October 24, 2011

After nearly six years of planning, grant writing, funding and construction, Conover Station’s first building is complete and open to the public.

Conover dedicated its Multimodal Center on Monday, officially opening a complex that will house community space, Greenway Transit Authority offices, the Conover Library and a future public train depot stop.

It is the first completed building of the city’s economic revitalization project called Conover Station — a development that officials say has a lot more room to grow.

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