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February 10th, 2011

Gun permit sales drop after 10-year high

February 10, 2011

Catawba County gun-purchase permits and concealed-carry applications decreased in 2010 after hitting a 10-year high in 2009.

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reported 2,781 gun-purchase permits in 2010, which represents an 18 percent decline since permits spiked at 3,413 in 2009. The sheriff's office also reported a 29 percent decrease in concealed-carry applications from 2009 to 2010.

February 9th

City starts 'Adopt-a-street'

February 9, 2011

Several Claremont residents took on the responsibility of keeping the city clean by adopting a street.

Four groups chose to adopt city streets and keep them clear of trash as part of Claremont's Adopt-a-Street program. Claremont City Council presented those groups with signs Tuesday at the council's February meeting.

"We put this program together to help people get more involved in picking up litter," said Henry Helton, of the city's recreation department.

'Flash mob' at River Bend Middle

February 9, 2011

River Bend Middle School students started an awards assembly Wednesday sitting quietly in their seats.

But by the end of the assembly, most students and teachers were out of their seats, singing, laughing and dancing to music.

Unknowing students attended what they thought was an awards assembly, only to be surprised with an "flash mob," where students and teachers, dispersed randomly throughout the audience, performed choreographed dance moves and sang.

Why all the cop cars?

February 9, 2011

Residents driving around Newton on Wednesday might have noticed police cars from several agencies driving throughout the city.
Police officers from Valdese, Boiling Springs, Boone and many other agencies in western North Carolina were in Newton for radar training activities.
Officers are expected to continue the training for a couple days, and residents can expect to see the police officers and their vehicles throughout the city.

Drunk driver in fatal crash had pending DWI

February 9, 2011

The man charged with being intoxicated during a fatal collision had a pending DWI at the time of the crash.

Brian Todd Hieb, 43, of Sherrills Ford, was allegedly drunk when his pickup truck crashed into another vehicle Tuesday, killing Sandra Fay Campbell, 50, of Denver, instantly.

North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper C.M. Trouille, who investigated the crash, said Hieb has a pending DWI charge in Watauga County stemming from an incident in August 2010.

February 8th

Newton utility customers to get new payment options

February 8, 2011

Newton residents with a debit or credit card may soon be able to pay their utility bills online and in person. That convenience, however, will come at a price for customers.

"We are hearing it more and more — customers want to pay with electronic transfer," said Newton Finance Director Serina Hinson.

Newton City Council gave Hinson the green light to seek proposals from vendors that can provide online bill payment through a link to the city's website.

Program to provide medicine, services for elderly

February 8, 2011

What was once the Dale Jarrett building on U.S. 70 could have a new future as a facility that provides care for the Hickory Metro's aging population.

Programs for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are Medicare programs for adults ages 55 and older living with disabilities. Area officials want to use the former Dale Jarrett building in Hickory to house PACE and improve accessibility to services for Catawba County's aging population.

PACE is designed to reduce the cost burden to the elderly, many of whom struggle to make ends meet because of increasing health care costs.

Flowers are in the air

February 8, 2011

Area florists are preparing for what they call one of their busiest days of the year — Valentine's Day.

For most people, the day of love is about flowers, cards and stuffed animals for the ones they love, but for Catawba County's florists, Valentine's Day represents days of hard work and preparation.

2 fires, 63 minutes

February 8, 2011

Newton Fire Department's resources were strained Monday night after firefighters were called to two structure fires in slightly more than an hour.

Monday's two structure fires in 63 minutes are part of a larger trend this year for Newton Fire Department. Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said structure fires are more common in the winter, but the department has recently noticed more fires occurring on the same day at about the same time.

"When it rains, it pours," Yoder said.

February 7th

Family dead, community mourns

February 7, 2011

A 14-year-old and her parents are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Denver.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Rick Wheeler, 36, allegedly shot his wife Angela, 41, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Samantha "Sam" at their family home in Denver. Rick then turned the gun on himself.
Friends and relatives of the Wheeler family are having a difficult time reconciling the violent incident with their memories of the Wheelers, who they said were a loving, committed family.

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