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December 29th

I-40 project delayed

December 29, 2010

Interstate 40 motorists waiting for a smoother drive through Catawba County will have to wait a few months longer.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation decided to delay paving on a stretch of I-40 from mile markers 146 to 130 after pavement deterioration led the department to rethink the current paving process.

NC man starts Zahra foundation

December 29, 2010

Jim Julian never met Zahra Baker.

In fact, Julian, 53, of Stanfield, lives three hours away from Hickory, where Zahra lived for a few months of her brief life.

Despite the distance, Zahra's story touched Julian. He created the Zahra Clare Baker Memorial Foundation to honor Zahra's memory and help children, like her, who overcame tremendous life challenges.

"I felt like I wouldn't be much of a human being if I just swept this under the rug," he said.

Celebrating Bootsie

December 29, 2010

Newton marks Bootsie Roberts Day

She worked for nine city managers and five different Newton mayors.
She helped create and develop Newton's first public information office position and the city's first citywide newsletter.

State gives area nonprofit $2K

December 29, 2010

A county program benefitting youth received extra help through a state grant worth thousands of dollars.

Clinton's Corner of Catawba Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to combat area problems facing youth and their families.

The program was one of 14 non-profit organizations throughout North Carolina to receive a grant from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the state's Human Relations Council. The $2,500 grant for each of the chosen programs will fund initiatives that support King's legacy.

December 28th

O-N-E delivers the facts

December 28, 2010

The Observer News Enterprise unveiled its first-ever Fact Book this week, and the one-of-a-kind publication is a resource guide for every Catawba County citizen.

Phony officer searches home

December 28, 2010

A man posing as a law enforcement officer gained access into a Newton home under the pretense of making an arrest.
The man, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and dark pants with a stripe down the leg, arrived at 1100 Aunt Hill Drive in Newton about 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Brian Timothy Sipe, 26, who lives at the residence, answered the door to find the man standing on the property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The man had a gun at his side, and his clothes looked like a police uniform, Reid said.

Auto repair runs in the family

December 28, 2010

Michael Norris just wants to fix cars.

And apparently, that desire is a genetic trait passed on from generation to generation.

Norris, 28, of Maiden, is a third-generation member of the automotive repair industry. His father and grandfather worked in auto-body repair, and now Norris has his own auto-mechanical repair store, Norris Auto Clinic, in Newton.

Just as Norris has a history in the automotive industry, so does the building he works in. Norris' grandfather, Red Norris, operated his auto-body business in a building next-door, which is now Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning.

Raw sewage spills in Conover

December 28, 2010

Conover cleans up after sewage spill Christmas Eve.
The spill happened on Keisler Road near a Conover Pump Station. Debris caused about 4,500 gallons of raw sewage to overflow at a manhole in Conover.
The sewage entered a tributary of McLin Creek, which flows into the Catawba River.

December 27th

Car crashes into Hickory house

December 27, 2010

A Hickory man was charged with driving while impaired Monday after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a Mountain View residence.

Michael Dawson Keever, 58, of Hickory, was traveling east on Bethel Church Road at 8:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.

Merchants report steady sales

December 27, 2010

Christmas is over, but shopping hasn't stopped.

Area businesses say Christmas shopping didn't decline this year, echoing national consumer reports that claim holiday shopping increased this year.

"We had some really good sales this year, so I think that drew people in," said Peggy Carter, who works at Shops on Main in Conover.

The store has been open about five years, and Carter said this year was busy.

Mary Hudson, of Taylorsville, came to browse the store Monday. The weekend's winter weather, she said, didn't deter her from hitting stores.

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