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A county program benefitting youth received extra help through a state grant worth thousands of dollars.
Clinton's Corner of Catawba Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to combat area problems facing youth and their families.
The program was one of 14 non-profit organizations throughout North Carolina to receive a grant from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the state's Human Relations Council. The $2,500 grant for each of the chosen programs will fund initiatives that support King's legacy.
The Observer News Enterprise unveiled its first-ever Fact Book this week, and the one-of-a-kind publication is a resource guide for every Catawba County citizen.
A man posing as a law enforcement officer gained access into a Newton home under the pretense of making an arrest.
The man, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and dark pants with a stripe down the leg, arrived at 1100 Aunt Hill Drive in Newton about 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Brian Timothy Sipe, 26, who lives at the residence, answered the door to find the man standing on the property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The man had a gun at his side, and his clothes looked like a police uniform, Reid said.
Michael Norris just wants to fix cars.
And apparently, that desire is a genetic trait passed on from generation to generation.
Norris, 28, of Maiden, is a third-generation member of the automotive repair industry. His father and grandfather worked in auto-body repair, and now Norris has his own auto-mechanical repair store, Norris Auto Clinic, in Newton.
Just as Norris has a history in the automotive industry, so does the building he works in. Norris' grandfather, Red Norris, operated his auto-body business in a building next-door, which is now Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning.
Conover cleans up after sewage spill Christmas Eve.
The spill happened on Keisler Road near a Conover Pump Station. Debris caused about 4,500 gallons of raw sewage to overflow at a manhole in Conover.
The sewage entered a tributary of McLin Creek, which flows into the Catawba River.
A Hickory man was charged with driving while impaired Monday after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a Mountain View residence.
Michael Dawson Keever, 58, of Hickory, was traveling east on Bethel Church Road at 8:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.
Christmas is over, but shopping hasn't stopped.
Area businesses say Christmas shopping didn't decline this year, echoing national consumer reports that claim holiday shopping increased this year.
"We had some really good sales this year, so I think that drew people in," said Peggy Carter, who works at Shops on Main in Conover.
The store has been open about five years, and Carter said this year was busy.
Mary Hudson, of Taylorsville, came to browse the store Monday. The weekend's winter weather, she said, didn't deter her from hitting stores.
The weekend's snow gave county residents a white Christmas, but it also gave them potentially treacherous travel conditions.
State and local crews forfeited their Christmas breaks this weekend to spend Saturday and Sunday clearing and preparing roadways for motorists.
Public works crews and emergency responders, however, had few difficulties.
"It was very uneventful for that much snow," said Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, of the county's requests for emergency services during the winter weather. "I think the timing was good."
Snowfall blanketed Catawba County during the holiday weekend, but the resulting ice and snow caused mostly minor problems for county residents.
Catawba County received about 5-8 inches of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The holiday snowfall marks the first white Christmas for the area in more than six decades.
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