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April 11th, 2011

Claremont resident works in Japan

April 11, 2011

A 7.1-magnitude aftershock rocked Japan on Thursday, making Claremont resident David T. Garrison's final night in the country an interesting one.

Garrison spent about two weeks in Japan with the Christian Relief Assistance Support and Hope program (CRASH), which is a network supporting Christian relief work in Japan and around the world.

Who said beer couldn’t be an art?

April 11, 2011

When it comes to beer, the Hickory Hops festival attracts a large crowd.

“This year, the Hickory Hops festival is expected to entertain 2,700 (people), that number came from ticket sales online, at Olde Hickory Tap Room and Amos Howards,” said Nikol Wuest, manager of Olde Hickory Tap room.

This year, brewers are traveling from as far as Georgia to showcase their top beer.

“I would say it has now doubled with brewers, as well as the interest of those who want to participate and sample the beers,” said Phil Bennett, a Hickory Hops volunteer.

Man in custody for robbery

April 11, 2011

One of two men accused of robbing a Hickory store Thursday is in custody.
De'andra Ventredous Killebrew, 20, of Charlotte, turned himself into the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department on Friday. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and is in Catawba County jail under a $9,500 bond.
Killebrew and another unidentified man allegedly entered the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 SW in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hickory Police Department.

Police panel addresses gang activity

April 11, 2011

Law enforcement representatives agreed Sunday that gang activity is a major issue in Catawba County.
During a Catawba County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch meeting at Newton City Hall, a panel of police chiefs and officers from nine local jurisdictions answered questions about gangs and other related issues.
Police chiefs and officers from the Hickory, Catawba, Conover, Newton, Maiden, Brookford and Claremont police departments agreed there is currently gang activity in Catawba County.

Deadline is Tuesday for Newton's Unity Day award nominations

April 11, 2011

The City of Newton Human Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for the City’s annual Unity Day Award. The nomination deadline for this prestigious award is Tuesday, April 12. The award will be formally presented at the City’s Unity Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30 at Southside Park. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The nominee should be an individual, business, or industry that has demonstrated outstanding service to the Newton community and that has worked to improve relations among cultures and races in the City.

April 8th

Politics slowing down budget approval

April 8, 2011

Politics may be at the root of a slow budget approval.

On Thursday, concerned parents, students and teachers gathered in the gym at Fred T. Foard High School to listen to Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger explain the budget process and what he hopes the numbers will look like for the 2011-12 school year.

"This is the first time in history that the General Assembly changed to a Republican party in both houses," Barger said. "There is a strong voice coming out of the newly elected representatives."

A day honoring mothers

April 8, 2011

Celebrate moms and fund the Catawba County Parenting Network at the same time.

The Parenting Network organized its first fundraising event for April 16 and decided it should honor mothers for their years of nurturing and raising children.

"We are all about moms and parenting," said Susan Lee, Parenting Network director. "This is going to be an uplifting day to celebrate moms, and people can bring their moms."

Farm for a day

April 8, 2011

Bandys High School turned into a farm for a day as agriculture came alive for county residents.

More than 2,200 students and residents discovered farm life Friday at the school's annual Ag Day.

After more than 25 years and doubled participation, this event continues to carry one purpose — to raise agricultural awareness among community members who may not have an understanding of where food comes from.

April 7th

64 churches, 500K meals

April 7, 2011

In the time it takes to read this sentence, one child will have died from starvation.

That's the message area churches want to spread as they prepare to package 500,000 meals for impoverished communities around the world.

Sixty-four churches from Catawba, Iredell and Alexander counties agreed to participate in the Stop Hunger Now campaign, which provides low-cost, nutritious meals for children in countries such as Japan, Haiti and Honduras.

Body identified, victim shot to death

April 7, 2011

The man found dead in the South Fork River on Sunday was murdered.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said 23-year-old Absalon Gomez was shot to death before his body was located earlier this week in the river near Maiden.

Gomez's family reported him missing Dec. 7 and had no contact with him since that date. Reid said it's "very possible" that Gomez has been dead since December.

The sheriff's office isn't releasing how many times Gomez was shot, and there are no suspects in the case. Reid said investigators have a few leads in the case that indicate the shooting was drug-related.

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