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June 20th, 2011
A local retirement community is voicing concern about plans to expand N.C. 16 to four lanes.
Officials from United Church Homes and Services and Abernethy Laurels said Monday the proposed divided highway will create significant safety hazards for many individuals for a variety of reasons.
The next phase of the decade-long N.C. 16 widening project will expand the two-lane portion of N.C. 16 north of Tower Road to Claremont Road to four lanes. Most of the 8.2-mile stretch of highway will have a median separating the north and south directions.
State officials recently passed a bill that gives gun owners the right to use deadly force on unlawful intruders and allows for more access to concealed firearms across the state.
Under the new bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton, citizens will be able to fire at intruders lawfully under "a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,â€ť according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.
State and county officials are still unsure what started the blaze that destroyed a restaurant in Sherrills Ford that is one-half mile from the closest fire station.
Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said Monday that his office, as well as the SBI Arson Team, is still investigating the blaze that wiped out the Pier 150 restaurant on N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Saturday.
Pettit didn't comment if arson is suspected, but said it is not uncommon for a SBI Arson Team to be dispatched for a commercial fire.
A fire destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant early Saturday morning.
Pier 150 caught on fire at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Newtonâ€™s fire chief is denying claims that his department has â€śofficiallyâ€ť stopped providing mutual aid to other areas in the county.
â€śWe have always provided mutual aid, and we are continuing to do that today,â€ť said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder. â€śWe do still respond to mutual aid from any department who requests that from us.â€ť
County commissioners have authorized a design phase for a new animal shelter, a facility that County commissioner Tom Lundy said may begin construction during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Catawba Countyâ€™s current animal shelter has a capacity of 78 animals, but houses about 200 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis. Walking down the shelterâ€™s hallways, about seven dogs are assigned to one run â€” numbers that shelter manager Jay Blatche said are unacceptable.
Itâ€™s that time of year when Catawba County families gear up for weekend getaways and extended stays at the beach. However, before leaving for vacation, donâ€™t forget to properly secure your home.
Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert said that when it comes to break-ins, there are two types of criminals that homeowners should be aware of.
Amateurs are opportunists and take advantage of things like unlocked doors, poorly secured windows and visible cash or expensive merchandise that is easily taken away, Tolbert said.
Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.
As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants â€“ the forerunner of Catawba Countyâ€™s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.
The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.
Several citizens voiced concern Thursday about a Catawba County development plan that will prompt more industrial business in rural and residential areas.
County planners unveiled new plans for the Eco-Tech Development initiative Thursday evening that will seek to expand upon the â€śnoticeable activityâ€ť around the U.S. 321 corridor. That noticeable activity refers to the Target Distribution Center, Apple Data Center and County Eco-Complex all constructed around the U.S. 321 corridor within the last five years.
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâ€™s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâ€™s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
â€śYou got to have patience,â€ť he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. â€śYou just have to wait.â€ť
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.