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March 28th, 2011

Store robbed at knifepoint

March 28, 2011

Police are looking for an unknown suspect who robbed a Conover store clerk at knifepoint.

A black male walked into the Kangaroo Express on N.C. 16 North shortly before midnight Saturday. A female clerk was behind the counter, and the male walked up to her, demanding money, said Conover Police Investigator John Little.

The man displayed a knife and asked the clerk to take money out of the cash register.

"He didn't threaten her," Little said. "He just told her what to do, and she complied."

2 arrested for metal theft

March 28, 2011

Two men were arrested Friday after stealing $3,000 in scrap metal.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies responded to the 1600 block of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton about 5:05 p.m. after receiving a call reporting a theft in progress.

They arrived on the scene to find Bobby Franklin Leatherman, 55, and David Michael Henry, 29, both of Maiden, attempting to steal 1,580 pounds of miscellaneous scrap metal stored on a piece of property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

The scrap metal was stored on the property of Tracey Matthews Sipe, 50, of Maiden.

Client increase leads to hire

March 28, 2011

Babies Mason and Zoey played contentedly Monday on a colorful mat at the Bethlehem United Methodist Child Development Center in Claremont, laughing and babbling at each other.

The babies could soon be joined by more playmates after another Claremont day care facility closed unexpectedly, forcing many parents to find other child care options.

Former mayor receives state award

March 28, 2011

Claremont residents liked and respected Glenn Morrison so much that they wanted him to be mayor — even if Morrison didn't want to run for the office.

So, the write-in candidate was elected in 1999 as the city's mayor, held the office for 12 years and was honored Wednesday with a state award by many of the same people who elected him as mayor.

Electric fees could increase

March 28, 2011

Maiden electrical customers could see an increase in their rates after a decision from ElectriCities to pass on higher rates to municipalities.
The details of that increase are left to representatives from 19 cities and towns served by Electricities in piedmont and western North Carolina.

All North Carolina Municipal Power Agency 1 (NCMPA1) member cities and towns face a rate increase, and the decision falls on board members as to how much and when those increases will happen.

March 25th

Internet helps catch criminals

March 25, 2011

Murder suspect Everette Hewitt's picture appeared on Catawba County's Facebook page on March 15 at 9:17 p.m. Twelve hours later, Hewitt was in jail.

Catawba County posted Hewitt's photo and physical description on its Facebook site as more than 100 sheriff's deputies searched for Hewitt near the Claremont area.

Less than 30 minutes after the picture went online, the Facebook message received a comment posting a reported sighting of Hewitt on Emmanuel Church Road, near where Hewitt allegedly shot three people and injured another.

City council, school board to meet

March 25, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education and Conover City Council will have scheduled meetings this upcoming week. CCS will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Monday in the Annex Boardroom, 2285 N. Anderson Ave. in Newton.

Conover City Council's a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Conover City Hall.

All agendas are subject to change. All meetings are open to the public and offer time public comments.

Catawba County Schools

Superintendent Glenn Barger will give a 2011-12 school calendar update.

The Board will consider the following items for approval:

64 years of furniture in Newton

March 25, 2011

For nearly 64 years, Pete Kirby has been a merchant in downtown Newton.

First working as an employee for Alman's Home Furnishings and then owning the furniture retail business, he's helped residents throughout eastern Catawba County establish their households.

Now, giant yellow signs outside Alman's showrooms on East First Street herald a retirement sale and Kirby's plans to step away from the business' day-to-day operations.

But it isn't the first time he's stepped away from the store.

March 24th

Town plans first sidewalk sale

March 24, 2011

The town of Catawba is planning its first town-wide sidewalk sale to help people get a jump-start on spring cleaning.

The inaugural event is set for May 21 in downtown Catawba from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Planning for the event started in December with the Catawba Small Town committee, which is part of the town's Main Street Program.

"The committee's main goal is to enhance and beautify the town," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett. "That's what we're hoping to do."

2 workers fired after $3K theft

March 24, 2011

Two Hickory Public Services workers were fired and four more were suspended after more than $3,000 of materials was stolen from a city demolition site.

Hickory Public Works department took action against the six employees Monday after allegations of possible employee misconduct surfaced during the demolition of Ridgeview and George Ivey pools, according to a statement released from the city of Hickory.

Hickory Police Department said copper and other materials valued at $3,931.25 were stolen from the demolition sites and taken to scrap metal processor Mountain Recycling in Hickory.

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