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July 5th, 2011

Crime rates down for county, state

July 5, 2011

Crime rates in the county and state are down from previous years — drops that law enforcement officials say can be attributed to a variety of reasons.

The overall Catawba County rate of index crime per 100,000 people dropped 10.6 percent in 2010, a decrease that is a bit more substantial than the state’s overall drop of 5.6 percent from 2009.

Violent crime per 100,000 people dropped 28 percent last year, a decrease that the county’s District Attorney Jay Gaither said can be partly attributed to his office’s habitual felon programs.

Tractor-trailer overturns, spills materials

July 5, 2011

A tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday morning causing a large mulch mess in the roadway.

A truck driver traveling south on N.C. 16 in Conover at about 9 a.m. Tuesday attempted to make a left turn at a stop light on to Thornburg Drive. The driver, who wished to remain unidentified, said he is not sure why his tractor-trailer overturned.

"I made a left turn and looked up in my rear-view mirror and saw the trailer rolling," the driver said. "I was not going fast. It was a routine turn."

CVCC students get ‘hands on’ with history

July 5, 2011

In school, history is a subject that requires lots of reading.

Realistically, it would be nearly impossible to understand time periods like the renaissance or power struggles like the Cold War without opening a textbook and studying the pages.

But what about taking that book learning to the next level and actually experiencing a piece of history?

One Catawba Valley Community College professor thinks giving his students “hands-on” experience with history will increase their comprehensive understanding of the past.

July 4th

Attorney General warns of repair scams

July 4, 2011

The North Carolina Attorney General is warning consumers about home repair schemes that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year.

With strong convection storms ripping through the state nearly every week, Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolina homeowners to “do their homework” before signing a contract or paying any money for repairs.

A day in the life of a tennis coach

July 4, 2011

Winning a tennis match isn't the only competition Kathy Kim thrives from. Kim gets an adrenaline rush from rising before the sun sets and teaching others the game of tennis.

For the past 35 years, Kim has been teaching tennis at the Hickory Foundation YMCA after never setting foot on a tennis court in her life.

It was Kim’s three kids and the need for more teachers at the YMCA that brought her into the world of tennis.

Maiden celebrates 6th year of parade

July 4, 2011

As Pontiac convertibles and sport utility vehicles eased down East Main Street in Maiden, 2-year-old Colby Frye was having a hard time keeping up.

Decked out in red, white and blue gear from head to toe, Frye rocked back and forth on a miniaturized and toy version of an off-road ATV — trying to get as much momentum as he could to hold steady with the parade.

He was fading backwards, getting tired and becoming frustrated. But just as he was about to give up, a helpful push from his dad sent Frye spiraling forward. A smile shot across his face.

July 1st

Kids parade for Fourth

July 1, 2011

“Get ready.”
“Get set.”

With the green light to start, a healthy line of patriotic pre-schoolers and adolescents took to the large roundabout outside Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory ready to ride.

Hoisted up on bikes, tricycles, big wheels and strollers, the cluster of about 50 children produced a sea of red, white and blue that floated slowly down the narrow street connecting different portions of the SALT block off of N.C. 127.

Police step up checkpoints for Fourth

July 1, 2011

Area law enforcement will employ checkpoints and step-up patrols this weekend in preparation for the July 4 holiday Monday.

Local police chiefs said Friday that their departments will collaborate with others to help enforce Booze it & Lose it: Operation Firecracker, a campaign initiated by state officials to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced earlier this week that local law enforcement officers from across the state will help with the campaign.

Local officials file for re-election

July 1, 2011

Several area officials registered to run for re-election Friday on the first day of filing for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.

Most of Maiden’s town officials due for re-election filed for candidacy Friday, including Mayor Robert Smyre, councilman David Boldon and councilman Max Bumgarner Jr.

Councilman Howard Ervin did not file, but non-incumbent Mike Moore did file for the councilman race.

Charges filed in strangulation case

July 1, 2011

Police arrested a Maiden man Friday that is accused of choking and strangling a 73-year-old Newton woman before stealing multiple firearms from her home. 

With help from the Maiden Police Department, Newton Police arrested and charged Austin Sinclair Anthony, 22, of Maiden, with attempted murder, kidnapping and larceny charges Friday after he and two other suspects choked and strangled an elderly woman Tuesday.

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