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November 1st, 2010
Brightly colored fall foliage is everywhere in Catawba County, but someone must clean up the leaves once they fall to the ground. Area municipalities offer leaf collection for residents, and each area's collection schedules, requirements and services are different.
The city offers curbside loose-leaf collection for residents. This year's collection routes, however, are different than previous years.
For many Lutherans in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the past year was spent deciding where they belong. After the synod approved homosexual men and women to become ordained pastors in ELCA churches while involved in a monogamous, same-sex relationship, some Lutherans stayed in the synod when others voted to leave.
While hundreds of churches decided to leave the ELCA after the August 2009 decision became public, other churches in the synod stayed.
Area churches took a stand and said âNoâ to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americaâs vote to allow ordained pastors to be in same-gender, monogamous relationships. Now they've formed a new synod, which they say, follows the âsacred scripture.â
When churches started leaving the ELCA, the North American Lutheran Church was formed and chartered Aug. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, there are about 50 churches that officially left the ELCA after two votes per congregation to leave and a dismissal from the synod council. Most of those churches joined the NALC.
WASHINGTON (AP) â Authorities in Dubai intercepted an explosive device bound for a Chicago-area Jewish institution aboard a cargo jet, officials disclosed Friday, triggering a worldwide alert and fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.
A second package â like the first, shipped from Yemen â was discovered aboard a plane in England. It, too, was addressed to a Jewish organization in the Chicago area, although there was no immediate confirmation about its contents.
Margaret Sparkman, also known as The Gourd Lady, will appear tonight on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno show.
The show starts at 11 p.m., and this is the second time Sparkman will appear on the Jay Leno show.
Also, don't miss Sparkman on The Today Show on Monday.
Two dollars and 25 cents is a lot of money for an 8-year-old boy.
South Newton Elementary School third-grader Brendan Young raised $2.25 in August during Soldiers Reunion by selling popsicles to ease the summer heat.
Instead of keeping the hard-earned cash to himself, he donated it to Newton-Conover City Schools' backpack program, which ensures no student goes without food when school isn't in session.
"It gives me that feeling that I feel good for doing it," Brendan said of his donation.
Search crews returned Thursday to the house of a missing child, continuing an almost 3-week-old search for information about the girl's whereabouts.
Maj. Clyde Deal, with the Hickory Police Department, said investigators returned Thursday to the home of Zahra Baker, at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory, to search for evidence.
Deal said new information in the investigation led crews to search the site again, but he wouldn't elaborate about what crews are looking for.
The National Weather service confirmed Wednesday evening what Claremont residents already knew: a tornado touched down Tuesday in the city.
The tornado hit about 7:45 p.m. one mile southwest of Claremont to one mile northeast of Claremont.
The tornado track started at Progressive Furniture on Penny Road and continued until the storm disbanded half a mile northeast of Centennial Boulevard on the northeast side of Claremont.
According to the NWS, the tornado reached speeds of 110 mph. It had a path of two miles, and a maximum width of 100 yards.
Friday is planned as a teacher work day for Catawba County Schools. But Claremont Elementary students and staff will have Friday as a make-up day after canceling school Wednesday.
CCS Public Information Officer Carleen Crawford said Claremont Elementary students will go to school Friday as scheduled, but will be released by 12:30 p.m.
Claremont Elementary principal Chris Gibbs announced Wednesday for teachers to report to the school as they could after storms hit Catawba County on Tuesday night. Wednesday was the school's teacher work day to leave Friday open for students to attend.
Three Catawba County areas were impacted by Tuesday's tornado-like weather as it whipped through various parts of the county.
The Catawba County Emergency Services is reviewing damages in Claremont, the Sherrills Ford and Terrell area, along with the Cooksville and Vale areas. Karyn Yaussy, with emergency services, said Wednesday during a press conference that at least 47 homes sustained minor to major damage, along with at least 10 businesses with major damage. Yaussy said the damage ranged from $40,000 to more than $1 million in repairs.