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August 30th, 2011
Serendipity--like a great ladyâ€”is standing regal and tall on North Carolinaâ€™s Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.
The house made famous in the movie â€śNights in Rodantheâ€ťÂ is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.
Catawba Countyâ€™s district attorney and his wife say they are thankful to be alive after a boat wreck threw them overboard Sunday evening.
Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither said he was blinded by bright lights before a boat he was driving crashed into another vessel on Lake Hickory on Sunday.
Gaither said he and his wife were celebrating their 17th anniversary on the lake Sunday evening and were driving down river at about 5 mph.
Homelessness and poverty has steadily increased in Catawba County in the past decade, and some area aid organizations said more can be done to help the growing population.
In the past 10 years, poverty has increased 77 percent in Catawba County, with nearby areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to data, released recently, by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments released recently.
Area emergency and public works personnel are helping clean-up efforts after Hurricane Irene ripped through sections of the North Carolina coast during the weekend.
Catawba Countyâ€™s emergency services director as well as utility workers from Newton are helping restore power, remove debris and organize clean-up efforts in multiple counties near, or along, the N.C. coast.
A power outage in Conover on Monday has left about 600 Duke Power customers without electricity.
The utility failure is also impacting traffic signals in parts of the city, including the traffic light at Boundary and U.S. 321 near Newton.
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A Hickory man is dead after a domestic dispute escalated at the Highland School Apartments at 1017 10th Ave. NE.
Police say Marcia Bernice Newman, 45, and Jamie Carlton Odom, 40, both of Hickory, were having a verbal argument at about 9:52 p.m. Thursday inside Odomâ€™s apartment. The argument escalated and police said Odom was stabbed to death.
After responding to the dispute, officers found Odom lying in the doorway with a stab wound to the chest area. Emergency personnel responded and Odom was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police charged Newman with one count of murder.
â€¨The man accused of murdering a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night is in the Catawba County Jail with no bond.
â€¨Police charged Camyron Fredrick Johnson, 22, with one count of murder in the death of Adam Williams, a Yellow Cab Company taxi driver who was killed Tuesday night outside a LongHorn Steakhouse off U.S. 70 in Hickory.
Multiple wrecks in Newton left one woman dead and three others injured Friday.
Marie P. Hewitt, of Newton, was killed in a two-car t-bone collision at the intersection of N.C. 16 and Burris Road Friday morning.
Hewitt was heading west on Burris Road and approached a stop sign at the intersection of N.C. 16. Â After pulling away from the stop sign, Hewittâ€™s 1989 Ford Escort was struck on the right side by a 2010 Chrysler mini-van driven by Danny Mosteller, of Hildebran, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.
When the sun sets in the summer, trees chew up light and spit out shadows. It is a phenomenon, for humans, that creates a natural nestling place.
â€¨We seek the shade. Naturally. To â€śsurvive the heat,â€ť as some say.
â€¨On Tuesday, I found myself ambling awkwardly through a gravel parking lot toward a short tree providing enough shade for four strangers. They sat or stood 100 yards from the Salvation Army headquarters in Hickory.
They didnâ€™t look welcoming, but not intimidating either, exchanging laughs and smiles and joking about something or other. Â
Burglars broke into a Conover pharmacy with a bag full of tools, but left with only their wrists wrapped in steel.
â€¨Police arrested two men early Wednesday morning after they broke a window to the Medicap Pharmacy in Conover and were found with a bag full of burglary tools.