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June 13th, 2011
Area police leaders say a local initiative to stop violent crimes is seeing positive results.
Since the Catawba County Gang Initiative began last month, none of the participants involved in the program have re-offended.
âI consider it a great success because our ultimate goal is to have these folks not re-offend,â said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. âIf we donât hear from them again, and they donât re-offend, then itâs a success.â
When people think of Dale Jarrett, NASCAR immediately comes to mind.
The former stock car driver and current ESPN broadcaster racked up a long list of trophies throughout his career, including the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and three Daytona 500 trophies. Jarrett, the son of NASCAR legend Ned Jarrett, won an additional 43 times on the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series combined.
But area citizens may soon start associating the Catawba County native with a completely different organization â Hospice.
Cathy Keener was in the Mountain View Baptist Church Office when she heard the loudest noise of her life.
âIt hit so hard and came and went so fast,â said Keener, the administrative assistant at Mountain View. âIt was the loudest thing Iâve ever heard.â
After hearing the âboom,â Keener rushed outside to find Mountain Viewâs 28-foot steeple lying on the ground.
Strong winds ripped through Catawba County on Thursday afternoon, tearing down Mountain Viewâs steeple and knocking over trees throughout the area.
The smooth and laid-back sounds of Sentimental Journey forced Monteen Hooker out of her seat.
The Sherrills Ford native and Seniors Morning Out veteran slowly waltzed and whirled to the center of Bethlehem United Methodist Churchâs Fellowship Hall, not paying any attention to her fellow 75 or so senior citizens sitting at tables in front of her.
To the slow jazz tunes, she danced. She danced and was happy â an emotion she said she experiences because of her involvement with the Seniorsâ Morning Out program.
A new Christian church is convening in Newton-Conover Auditorium, and as it does, it combines a comfortable worship with cutting edge technology, while also providing a firmer foundation for the facility and the faithful.
Offering its first services Easter Sunday, The Cove Church established a new Catawba County home in Newton-Conover Auditorium. Guided by a site pastor who shepherds his local flock, the growing regional church offers a relaxed worship setting that connects with a broader community of faith thanks to the power of the Internet.
Catawba County high schools have started graduation exercises.
Students from Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover Health Science high schools.
Ceremonies continue Friday and into the weekend.
Maiden: Friday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Newton Conover: Friday, 8 p.m., Newton-Conover High School.
Fred T. Foard: Saturday, 10 a.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Bandys: Saturday, 2 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
St. Stephens: Saturday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College
The Mountain View Baptist Church steeple came toppling down at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after high winds ripped the 28-foot long tower from the churchâs roof. Church officials said the fallen steeple left about a 12 feet by 12 feet hole in the roof.
Floyd Sigmon walked slowly up to his old John Deere Grain Binder on Thursday with a smile full of pride.
âI reckon itâs about 80 years old,â Sigmon said. âItâs probably from the 1930s.â
The ancient grain binder, now covered in rust and oil, was once a revolutionary piece of farming machinery, something Sigmon hopes to teach Catawba County citizens about very soon.
PGA and Champions Tour golfer Kenny Perry arrived in Catawba County on Wednesday and it âimmediately felt like home.â
âPeople sound like I do when I talk, and I feel very comfortable around here,â Perry said. ââBeing a country boy, I enjoy the South and itâs very comfortable being around people like this. Itâs very nice.â
This is Perryâs first trip to Catawba County for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, but the 14-time PGA tour winner said Monday it was an easy decision to select Rock Barn.
Despite a crowd of 35 to 40 people, the city of Claremont passed a budget Monday without any public comments or complaints.
After Claremont City Council members opened a required public hearing to the larger-than-usual audience, no one decided to speak, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
âThe commissioners held the public hearing, and nobody came up to speak,â Barrick said. âThe commissioners closed it, made a few comments and approved the budget.â