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January 28th, 2011
It all started with a photograph.
Conover resident Don Barker snapped a picture of the 1982 graduating class of Newton-Conover High School sitting at the bleachers in Gurley Stadium.
Fast forward 29 years, and that same picture now appears in the major motion picture, "Leaves of Grass."
The picture is simple enough: seniors smiling and sitting primly together in seven rows. There was something special about the photo, however, and it caught the eye of NCHS graduate Sarah Parker, who works in movie post-production for Leaves production company.
Twenty-five years ago, the country watched in anticipation as seven astronauts prepared to lift off into space.
Seventy-three seconds later, the country watched with horror as those seven lives were lost in a massive explosion on the Challenger space shuttle.
Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, an event that Catawba County residents say is akin to Sept. 11, 2001 or the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
Tax season is under way.
But in light of new rules taking effect this tax season, some residents could be forced to look for new tax preparers.
Internal Revenue Service guidelines mandate more stringent identification of who tax preparers are, making it more difficult for just anyone to file a tax return.
Required preparer identification number
Neither Adam nor Elisa Baker were in attendance Thursday when District Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards agreed to continue their cases until April.
After receiving almost 140 applications for Newton's vacant city clerk position, the city's manager is paring down the applicant pool in hopes of making a hire next month.
The city clerk position is among a few job openings the city is currently advertising.
Heaven. Prophet. Miracle.
The words alone inspire and uplift.
And when those words are attached to 1,000-pound horses, their ability to do seemingly impossible things only grows.
Heaven, Prophet and Miracle are three therapy horses at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont. The farm specializes in therapeutic riding to help individuals overcome or manage physical disabilities, emotional issues and developmental delays.
The latest group of people to benefit from Rising Hope Farm is men and women serving in the country's armed forces.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for an unknown suspect who broke into a store and stole cash from a Conover store.
An employee from the Dollar General on N.C. 16 North in Conover arrived at work Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and discovered something wasn't right.
"She came in that morning and noticed the alarm wasn't working," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The employee walked to the store's office area, which was ransacked and covered in muddy footprints. That's when she called the sheriff's office.
Students and administrators in Newton-Conover City Schools talked with system officials Monday about the benefits of a middle- and high-school learning program, hoping the initiative won't fall victim to budget cuts during the system's upcoming budgeting process.
Newton-Conover middle and high school principals Jim Elliott and Kevin Campbell, as well as students involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, spoke with the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education about the program's value during the board's Monday night meeting.
During fiscal year 2009-10, companies announced investments in Catawba County totaling more than $1 billion.
Those investments amount to 1,495 new jobs and 702 officially retained jobs, according to a recent publication from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.
EDC president Scott Millar said the county accomplished a lot in the previous fiscal year, but there's still a lot to be done before confidence returns completely to the area.
Two Hickory men face gun and drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies stopped the men for speeding.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit was conducting traffic surveillance on U.S. 321 in Lincolnton about 4 p.m. Friday.
Officers saw a burgundy Ford Excursion traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies stopped the Ford Excursion, which had Virginia license plates, at mile marker 25. Five people were in the vehicle at the time.