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December 15th

Foard teacher tops in region

December 15, 2010

An area high school teacher was recently named one of the nine best educators in North Carolina.

Fred T. Foard High School math teacher Andy Blevins received the northwest regional teacher of the year award for North Carolina. Blevins will compete with teachers from seven other state regions, as well as a charter school teacher, to receive the North Carolina teacher of the year award.

"I don't really know what to think right now," said Blevins, who has been an educator for 14 years. "I don't think it has sunk in yet."

Kennel fire kills 2 dogs

December 15, 2010

A fire broke out Wednesday in a Claremont kennel, killing two puppies housed inside.

The 400-square-foot dog kennel was on fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene about 12:40 p.m. at 1143 Cheyenne Oaks Drive in Claremont. Firefighters were unable to save the building, as it was destroyed in the blaze.

The kennel's owners, James and Shirley Hicks, live several yards away from the structure, and they heard their two 9-week-old Labrador puppies barking as flames engulfed the building.

Warning: Winter weather to come

December 15, 2010

Hazardous winter weather conditions are headed for Catawba County tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of snow before 4 a.m. and then snow and sleet are likely in Thursday's early morning hours. Officials said less than an inch of snow and sleet are expected. Wednesday's low is 26 degrees.
Going into Thursday, there is rain with a possibility of freezing rain expected with a high near 41 into early afternoon. Rain is expected to continue after 2 p.m. and end in the early evening hours.

December 14th

Bandys builds for the future

December 14, 2010

Bandys Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jason Drum wants people to pass by every Bandys station in Catawba County and say, "That's a Bandy's Fire Department."

That dream will soon become a reality with the expansion, renovation and construction of two Bandys fire stations, unifying the department's structure and design and helping the department prepare for the future.

Former mayor recovers after being hit by car

December 14, 2010

A former Claremont mayor is recovering Tuesday after being struck by a car while walking across the street.

Glenn Morrison was walking across Depot Street near the intersection of Frazier Drive in Claremont to check his mailbox Monday evening when he was struck by an oncoming car, said Claremont Police Department Capt. Gary Bost.

Thrift-store thief steals bargains

December 14, 2010

An unknown suspect robbed a thrift store Tuesday in Newton, leaving the store's owner with one clue about his identity: a blue and silver bicycle.

Martha Navarrete, owner of Martha's Bargain Thrift Store on West 20th Street in Newton, noticed something was amiss in her store when she walked into the building Tuesday about 9:45 a.m.

"Everything was in disorder, so I said, 'Something's not normal,'" Navarrete said.

She examined the store more closely and discovered something was wrong: her store was broken into.

$2.7M grants gets manufacturer

December 14, 2010

Conover Station will welcome a new form of manufacturing to its site after $2.7 million in grants closed a deal that could potentially bring numerous jobs to Catawba County.

Manufacturing Solutions Center, currently located at Catawba Valley Community College’s East Campus, takes backyard ideas and creates a product to be sold across the world.

Soda machine causes fire

December 14, 2010

A Conover fast food restaurant was evacuated Tuesday after an electrical fire broke out.

An employee of Zaxby's restaurant on N.C. 16 called 9-1-1 shortly before 1 p.m. to report an electrical fire in the restaurant's fountain drink machine.

About 10 Conover firefighters responded to the scene and turned off power to the machine, causing the flames to die down, said Conover Fire Chief J. Mark Hinson.

December 13th

Christmas gifts delivered

December 13, 2010

Classic Christmas song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" trickled through speakers at the Catawba County Christmas Bureau distribution Monday in Hickory. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and generous donors, thousands of children in Catawba County will have that merry little Christmas made famous by the traditional tune.

The bureau's annual distribution days started Monday, with about 400 people coming to the event to receive toys, clothes, food and other gifts for their children.

Additional warrants could be unsealed

December 13, 2010

A Superior Court hearing scheduled Monday to discuss search warrants in the Zahra Baker investigation was never held.

That doesn't mean, however, that additional details about the investigation into the disappearance and death of the 10-year-old girl won't surface in the coming weeks.

Attorney C. Amanda Martin with Media General Operations filed a civil motion Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court's Office to unseal warrants filed during the investigation from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.

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