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August 8th, 2011

CVCC steps up security 


August 8, 2011

If you walk throughout the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, there are not many areas that are off limits. It is a place that administrators say is “very open and public,” and in the end is an educational tool that serves the societal group within its name – the community.


“Our general areas are all open to the public,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

Maiden man drowns in Lake Norman

August 8, 2011

Searchers recovered the body of a Maiden man who apparently drowned Saturday while trying to swim to an island at Lake Norman.

Thirty rescuers resumed a search early Sunday but didn't find the body until mid-afternoon, a spokesman for the Iredell County Sheriff's Department said.

The sheriff's office identified the man as Marlowe Demar Young, 35, of Maiden. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Mooresville, the spokesman said.

Amid spending battle, McHenry remodels office

August 8, 2011

As members of Congress debated deep cuts to federal spending, workers were busy inside the Capitol Hill office of GOP Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry.

The renovations included laying new carpet, a new coat of paint for the walls, hanging drapes and unboxing new furniture.

McHenry, an outspoken conservative from Cherryville whose district stretches from the suburbs of Charlotte west into the Blue Ridge, said through a spokesman the work had been scheduled for months and that the new furniture was needed to replace old wooden desks that were "basically falling apart."

August 5th

Rezoned property helps Hmong expand


August 5, 2011

A Catawba County Hmong association wants to expand and share its culture with others. Property recently re-zoned by county commissioners should help that happen more quickly.

Catawba County commissioners re-zoned land belonging to the Hmong Southeast Puavpheej, Inc. association last month from residential to a mixed-use district – a move that will allow the Hmong to build a multi-purpose facility that will be used for festivals and cultural education.

Hmong presence increases in county, state 


August 5, 2011

Catawba County’s region has one of the largest Hmong populations in the nation, and new census data reports that those numbers are holding steady.


From 2000 to 2010, the Hmong population in Catawba County has grown by about 1,000 people, and there are about 3,000 Hmong currently living in the area, according to census data. The Hmong population makes up about 2.1 percent of the total population in Catawba County and makes about 60 percent of the total Asian population county wide.

Porsche thieves strike again

August 5, 2011

A Hickory Porsche dealership is offering a $10,000 reward after a third Porsche vehicle was stolen from their lot this week.

Paramount Automotive Group officials in Hickory reported a 2012 Porsche Cayenne missing from the dealership lot Thursday morning after they arrived at work and the car was gone. Hickory Police believe the $88,495 car was stolen between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

School year gets longer — for teachers

August 5, 2011

The N.C, General Assembly added five more instructional days to the 2011-12 school calendar, but that doesn't mean Catawba County's students will face any extra time in the classroom.

Instead, the county's teachers will.

August 4th

Fair trial possible?

August 4, 2011

Area citizens will not decide Elisa Baker’s fate after a judge granted a change of venue request last week, a ruling that stirs mixed emotions for Catawba County residents.


Some people believe the accused child murderer would "get what she deserves” in Catawba County, but others say it is only fair to move the case to another county.


Newton resident Robby Brooks said he has followed Elisa’s case from the beginning and said the trial should have remained here.

How the EcoComplex benefits you

August 4, 2011

In the past, landfills were abundant in North Carolina. At one point, more than 90 large-scale dumping sites were scattered throughout the state, and nearly every county had its own site. Over time, landfills do just that – fill up – and requirements make it hard for some to continue.


Catawba County still has one of 41 landfills left in the state, but as the name suggests, the county’s EcoComplex does a lot more than collect waste. Between the cracks and behind the scenes, it does a lot for the average citizen than it appears on the surface.  

Gunpoint robbery in Newton

August 4, 2011

A Newton couple’s late-night stroll was interrupted Wednesday night after two men robbed the lovers at gunpoint.

Police say Francisco Francisco Matzuy, 61, of Newton, was walking with his girlfriend near the intersection of Main Street and Herman Street in Newton at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two black male suspects approached the couple. One of the men had a silver revolver and pointed the gun at Matzuy.

The suspect with the gun told Matzuy to, “Give me your wallet. Give me all your money,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

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