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June 8th, 2011
A westbound lane of Interstate 40 between Claremont and Conover is shut down after a truck exploded Wednesday morning.
A truck ran off the road and into the median causing the truck to explode after a fuel leak. A westbound lane near exit 135 through exit 138 are closed, and traffic is moving slow. Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
No injuries reported. The truck was carrying various mechanical parts.
Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident and is directing traffic on the scene.
Newton City Council approved a $40 million budget that will hold steady citizens' taxes, as well as water and sewer rates, while delivering a pay raise for all city employees and investing in the city's capital needs during the year ahead.Â
Those needs will be addressed in $8 million in spending included in a capital improvements plan (CIP) the first year of which is funded in the 2011-12 budget.
Finally, the Greater Hickory Classic is here.
After months of â€śswing into summerâ€ť commercials and promotional electronic billboards, the much anticipated PGA Champions Tour event arrived in Catawba County. Â Â Â Â
But before hitting the links to catch your favorite player, it might be a good idea to scout out the most optimal way to enjoy the weekâ€™s festivities.
Die-hard Classic fans were already out in force Tuesday to watch the Dale Jarrett shootout and had their own ideas of what the â€śbestâ€ť way to enjoy the tournament truly is.
As students countywide launched their last week of school, science lessons took flight at Tuttle Elementary School.
When students arrived at Tuttle on Monday, they found an eight-story, red, white and blue science class inflating on the field adjacent to the school. Thanks to Remax Crossroads in Lincolnton and Remax Carolina Hot Air Balloon Team, students at the school were able to get a first-hand demonstration behind the science of giant balloons they may have only seen from afar.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was crushed between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene from injuries resulting from the accident's impact.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was locked between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges are filed at this time. Hickory Police are investigating.
Udean Burke has 42 Prevost motorcoach buses at Christian Tours on N.C. 16. Each of them is 45 feet long.
Currently, when one of Burkeâ€™s fleet heads toward Newton, they simply take a left out of the Christian Tours parking lot and drive a few miles into town â€” no problem.
However, plans are in the mix to widen N.C. 16 as North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials want to make the highway four lanes with a median separating the north and south directions.
Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass a budget that will lower the
property tax rate by one half cent to 53 cents per $100 of valuation.
The county's budget will impact about 34 jobs, including about 10
building inspector positions that will be eliminated. During the last
four years, reductions to the county budget have impacted about 100
The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14
A local manufacturing company is considering an expansion that will bring 19 new jobs to the area.
Dalco Nonwovens, which manufactures non-woven textiles for automotive, landfill and furniture applications, is planning a $9 million expansion to its current facility in Conover. The expansion would retain 33 jobs and create 19 more.
Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement with Dalco on Monday that will grant the manufacturing company about $57,780 during three years.
Shawn Lebo's two young children went outside their N.C. 16 home to "enjoy the breeze" that preceded thunderstorms into southeastern Catawba County on Sunday evening.
"We had a trampoline over there, and the next thing you know the wind picked the trampoline up," Lebo said, adding the sight sent his children running back inside. "I looked out and you couldn't see anything."
With dark clouds surrounding the Denver area home, Shawn said hail began to fall, and moments later an oak tree uprooted and fell on the house, crushing his two children's bedrooms on the north side of the house.