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February 2nd, 2011

Newton prohibits parking on front lawns

February 2, 2011

Residential front lawns in Newton are now "no parking" zones.

Newton City Council approved a measure that prohibits the parking of cars and trucks, recreational vehicles and boats in the front yards of residential dwellings. The change in city ordinance comes about two years after city leaders began considering action to curb the practice of parking vehicles in front yards throughout the city.

Sewage issue closes elementary school

February 2, 2011

A sewage issue closes a Hickory elementary school early Wednesday.
Students and employees at Viewmont Elementary School were dismissed at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after school toilets quit working. The malfunction is a result of a sewage back-up.
The city of Hickory is working to fix the sewage problem.

Groundhogs' forecasts differ

February 2, 2011

The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.

February 1st

Area woman returns from Egypt

February 1, 2011

The background of Lydia Marlene Stewart's cell phone is a photo of her standing in front of centuries-old pyramids in Egypt.

The photo was snapped during her 16-day tour of the country, which ended just days before political unrest erupted from Egyptians demanding changes in their government.

When Stewart, of Claremont, sees images of the violent protests calling for 30-year ruler Hosni Mubarak to step down, she hurts for the country that she said was a lifelong dream to visit.

Couple continues transplant after theft

February 1, 2011

It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.

Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure — with or without the money.

The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.

No timeline for Zahra indictment

February 1, 2011

The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.

Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.

Reaching for a goal

February 1, 2011

Catawba County is thousands of miles away from Tucson, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.

But as Giffords recovers, her therapy mimics the therapy received by many Catawba County patients, who struggle every day to recover from once life-threatening conditions.

Giffords is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation center, much like the rehabilitation center at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

January 31st

New park coming to city

January 31, 2011

Conover received a grant valued at more than $400,000 to help the city make improvements to a tract of land near Conover Station.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant will help city officials engineer a stormwater wetland on Conover Station's southern end. Once the wetland is completed, it will become Conover Station Park, which increases the city's park acreage by nearly 50 percent and serves the city's only quadrant not currently benefitting from a park.

Newton considers new rules for residential property

January 31, 2011

Between recreational vehicles parked in yards and outbuildings constructed on residential lots, Newton leaders are planning to tackle property issues when they meet tonight.

One proposed measure continues Newton City Council's debate over an off-street parking ordinance that aims to prohibit campers, boats and other recreational vehicles from being parked in front of Newton homes.

New for consideration is a proposal that spells out new rules for Newton citizens who want to build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on their property.

2 charged in $1.3 million drug bust

January 31, 2011

Two Catawba County residents were jailed in Texas this weekend after police found 30 pounds of drugs in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were stopped by police Saturday while the pair was traveling along Interstate 20 in Longview, Texas.

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