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February 17th, 2011
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol gave area students an inside look at what it takes to be a trooper, hoping to encourage students to join the patrol in the coming years.
Newton-Conover Middle School students arrived at NCSHP's Troop F headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton to hear a presentation about the patrol and tour its facilities.
"We need troopers, and we're going to need troopers in the next 10 years," said Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Phillips. "... Our mission is to protect the people of North Carolina."
Catawba leaders are developing strategies to increase revenue and market the town as a place where people want to live, work and spend their money.
Town council members met with town manager Brian Barnett on Tuesday to discuss the town's upcoming budget process for the next fiscal year, which leaders hope will start closing the projected gap between the town's revenues and expenditures.
Hickory Police learned the identity of a man who fled from a car before it was struck by a train near Union Square last weekend.
Dontea Kennedy, 21, of Maiden, allegedly got out of a 2010 Dodge Challenger early Sunday morning and fled on foot before a train collided with the car, injuring one of the passengers. Police didn't know Kennedy's identity at the time of the crash, only that there was a fourth male in the car.
For Catawba County school counselors, assisting students isn't about simply sitting down and talking about their feelings.
Counselors in the school system try to ensure every student has the emotional and mental support they need to learn on a daily basis.
Officials from Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools said these positions are vital in the school system, especially during times when economic woes impact students, as well as their parents.
The teenager accused of killing his roommate with an axe then carving a word into the man's body received court-appointed counsel Monday during his first appearance in court.
No fewer than four officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were in District Court on Wednesday as Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, was led into the courtroom wearing a neon green jumpsuit. Anderson appeared emotionless as Judge Robert A. Mullinax told him he was charged with murder.
Collapsed buildings, household garbage and unlicensed vehicles filled with trash clutter a property on Newton's North Ashe Avenue.
It isn't the only city property with violations of Newton's nuisance and abandoned vehicle ordinances, but Worth Arnold Jr.'s residence did seem to be a final straw for the city's mayor.
An apparent grease fire destroyed a Conover mobile home Tuesday, displacing a family of three and leaving them with nothing.
Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at Lyle Haven Mobile Home Park off County Home Road in Conover. The blaze was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Conover Fire Department arrived on the scene with three engines and a ladder truck to find a fully involved fire at trailer lot F3.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Catawba Valley Community College christened its new student center Tuesday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, as students, faculty and members of the community watched.
The planning for this center started in early 2008, with a conversation between CVCC president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw and Jim Powell, of ADW Architects in Charlotte.
Portions of U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden were closed Tuesday after a tractor trailer overturned.
The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday when a tractor trailer flipped over at the intersection of U.S. 321 Business and Elliott Lane, just outside of Newton city limits.
Several powerlines were downed from the crash. The live wires stretched across the road as emergency responders worked on the scene.
The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A 19-year-old who shot and mutilated his roommate confessed his actions to 9-1-1 dispatchers, even detailing the circumstances that brought him into the Mountain View home of the victim.
â€śUm, I took some pills and then some more pills and I murdered my roommate,â€ť Michael Anderson told a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Catawba County Communications. â€śI shot him three times and then used an axe and mutilated his body.â€ť
Anderson has been charged with murder in the Monday morning death of Stephens Starr, 36, in the Mountain View area. Anderson called 9-1-1 about 4:54 a.m. Monday.