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September 7th, 2011

Newton's downtown is "hot"

September 8, 2011

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.

Five vehicles involved in N.C. 16 wreck

September 7, 2011

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.

September 6th

No space for state prisoners

September 7, 2011

North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a “burden” and complicate years of “good planning.”

During this year’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.

Family gives Claremont building new life

September 7, 2011

A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.

The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.

Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

September 7, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

September 5th

USPS closing Conover facility

September 6, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.

"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."

Final taste of the fair


September 6, 2011

Don’t rain on my parade – or fair.


Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this year’s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.

Conover gets piece of 9/11 history

September 6, 2011

Nearly 10 years ago, Catawba County residents were glued to their TVs. From office buildings, schools and homes, they watched terrorists fly planes into the sides of two of the nation’s most iconic buildings – the twin World Trade Center towers – on Sept. 11, 2001.

For many area residents, that was the extent of their connection with the 9/11 attacks, but a piece of steel that will arrive in Conover this week will help citizens better remember the historic day.

September 2nd

Confronting the bullies

September 3, 2011

Cyber-bullying is not unique to any one school or system.

The frequency of conflicts, insults, harassment and bullying sparked on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is increasing at all levels of education.

"It is becoming an issue in all school systems, not just Catawba County," said CCS School Board Attorney Crystal Davis.

That has prompted school officials to begin taking a proactive approach to the problem, both before bullying — or harassment online — occurs and after.

Preserving memories

September 3, 2011

In 1869, Jonas Conrad Killian was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in Newton. In a two-year span, he was beaten, trampled and robbed for trying to raise a Union flag after the War Between the States ended and North Carolina had rejoined the Union. 

Jonas, a husband, blacksmith and member of the Union army, had a turbulent time surviving through a Confederate-supported Catawba County in the 1860s. 

Now, 150 years after he lived through, and served in the war, his descendents are finally giving the Civil War veteran the recognition he deserves. 

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