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April 21st, 2011

Area Red Cross helps in eastern N.C.

April 21, 2011

Even though Saturday's tornadoes were miles away from Catawba County, that didn't stop area American Red Cross volunteers and employees from making a trip to help victims.

David Garrison, administrator for readiness and response with Catawba Valley American Red Cross, arrived Sunday with two other Red Cross volunteers to help feed victims.

"We have a partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men (organization)," Garrison said. "We buy the food, they prepare it, and we distribute it."

School bus accident

April 21, 2011

A school bus full of students was rear-ended at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Bandys High School.
One vehicle hit the back of the school bus at 1158 Buffalo Shoals Road. There is minor damage to the vehicle and bus. No injuries reported.

April 20th

Strawberry season is officially here

April 20, 2011

With warm weather on the horizon that can only mean one thing — L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse is now open.

Strawberry season started Monday, which is early for L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse.

Farm owner Lucas Richard said the best weather for strawberries is cool, dry temperatures. Berries don’t typically start to bloom until March 15 or as late as March 20, he said.

“Our season usually runs from April 20 to June 15, (if lucky) we can go to the end of June,” Richard said, who has owned the farm since 1995.

“It just depends on if the weather can stay cool till the end of June.”

Newton tests swimming pool waters

April 20, 2011

To swim or not to swim?

That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.

Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.

"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."

Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.

Community services highlight holiday

April 20, 2011

The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a community celebration to remember Jesus' life.

First Presbyterian Church in Newton will host a Good Friday service at noon in the church's sanctuary. Mark Watson, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, said the service is expected to last about 45 minutes.

"It's a time to remember Jesus through scripture reading, meditation and liturgy," Watson said.

In addition to the quiet time and scripture message, Watson said participants will sing traditional hymns and hear a solo by Ann Aichinger, a pastor at New Vision Church in Conover.

Abondoned house fire deemed intentional

April 20, 2011

An abandoned house caught fire Tuesday night, and officials are seeking information on its cause.
At 10:19 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters responded to a fire in a wooded area that involved an old abandoned house at 3760 11th St. NE.
No injuries were reported in the fire, and damage estimates are being compiled.
Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one tanker, and one command vehicle. Due to the size of the woods fire, HFD called for two additional tankers.
A tanker from St. Stephens Fire Department also responded to the scene. 

Zahra's father out of jail, but monitored

April 20, 2011

HICKORY — The father of a murdered 10-year-old cancer survivor is no longer in federal custody but has to wear an ankle monitor to check his whereabouts.

Australian native Adam Baker is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. He posted $10,000 bond but was turned over to federal immigration officials who have prohibited him from leaving the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black said Wednesday that Baker was not in custody, but declined to elaborate.

April 19th

CVCC raises cultural awareness

April 19, 2011

CVCC kicked off its first annual Day of International Understanding event Tuesday to celebrate community diversity.

The Day of International Understanding was a two-part event held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Complex coordinated by the Multicultural Affairs Office. The event was open to the public and admission was free. The event started with the national anthem and then participants introduced themselves in their native languages.

Thieves rob shelter, animals

April 19, 2011

Thieves who robbed the Humane Society of Catawba County on Monday night didn't just steal from the non-profit agency.

They stole from the animals it works to protect.

"It is quite heart-breaking that someone would break in and steal," said Juli Reed with HSCC. "It is heart-breaking that somebody would take advantage of us and the animals."

When Humane Society staff members arrived at the facility on 20th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday morning, they immediately saw signs of a break-in.

April 18th

14 county employees fired in 6 months

April 18, 2011

Catawba County has fired about 1 percent of its workforce in the past six months.

Fourteen of the county's 1,100 workers received involuntary terminations of their positions for reasons ranging from unacceptable personal conduct to the employee's service no longer being needed.

"You're looking at a very small percentage (of employees)," said Cynthia Eades, Catawba County's Human Resources director. "Ninety-nine percent of the employees are doing exactly what they're supposed to."

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