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September 8th, 2010

City gets bill for water line repair

September 8, 2010

The bill is in for repairing a water line break that affected most Newton city water customers last month, and city leaders were surprised by the cost estimates.
Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said a water line break along U.S. 70 early in the morning on Aug. 24 will cost the city about $59,000.
"I would have thought it would be five times that," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who previously called the water line break a "budget buster."

Kitchen fire damages home

September 8, 2010

A Newton home was damaged Wednesday after a fire broke out in the kitchen.
Homeowner Casey Wilfong was outside her residence at 4464 Hickory Lincolnton Highway shortly before 11 a.m. when she heard the smoke detector beeping inside her house.
She went back into the single-story home, saw flames in the kitchen near the sink and called 9-1-1.
“You don’t want to know what I was thinking (when I saw the fire),” she said. “You really don’t want to know.”

PTO treasurer’s case continued

September 8, 2010

The former PTO treasurer accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Webb A. Murray Elementary School had her case continued.

Holly LaFone Specht, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court. Her case was continued to Nov. 1.

The defense made a motion for continuance for time needed to obtain financial documents relevant to the case.

Specht was indicted in April on charges of embezzlement by a public official, obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of forging endorsement.

Man convicted of sex offenses

September 8, 2010

A Conover man was convicted Tuesday of three felony sex offenses.
A jury in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court convicted David Gene Carle, 49, with felony first-degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Carle was sentenced to at least 192 months and no more than 240 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Jury selection for Carle’s trial started Aug. 31, and the jury returned their verdict Tuesday after 20 minutes of deliberation.

$1.7 million sewer project complete

September 8, 2010

Conover's $1.7-million sewer project is complete.
During Tuesday's city council meeting, W.K. Dickson project manager Ryan Hager presented council members with details regarding the sewer project, which was funded through American Recovery Reinvestment Act.
Hager said 45,000 feet of sewer pipe was cleaned and repaired. The repairs include 112 point repairs, 1,325 feet of new sewer pipes, installed manholes and 5,964 feet of new cure-in-place pipe liner, to name a few upgrades.

New YMCA president named

September 8, 2010

The YMCA of Catawba Valley Board of Directors unanimously ratified the hiring of Bob Conklin as the association’s president and chief executive officer, succeeding Phil DiCasolo who is retiring after serving 38 years of YMCA professional service.

September 7th

Woman charged with felony hit and run

September 7, 2010

A Catawba woman is charged with felony hit and run following a collision that injured a 4-year-old boy.
Newton Police charged Paula Schronce Finney, 40, on Friday after she allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Northwest Boulevard and left the scene before police arrived.
Kelvin Stacy Perkins, 39, of Conover, told police he was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and West 15th Street when a vehicle struck him from behind, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

Commissioners accept schedule of values

September 7, 2010

Catawba County residents are one step closer to receiving notices in the mail detailing what their property is worth.
The Board of Commissioners accepted the tax office’s 2011 schedule of values, which outlines how the county’s 87,000 parcels of land will be valued by appraisers.
Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan presented the schedule of values to the commissioners at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Barger resigns from board

September 7, 2010

A member of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday he will not fulfill the remainder of his term on the board.

Glenn Barger submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting in light of his new position as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools.

Animal shelter re-opens

September 7, 2010

Two hours after the Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened, 20 animals were surrendered to the shelter’s care.

At this rate, the shelter, which has a capacity of 78 animals, will return to its overcrowded conditions within weeks.

“In two weeks, we’ll be back to where we were before,” said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager.

The shelter re-opened Tuesday after a complete sanitation of the facility following the outbreak of two mystery illnesses, which ultimately led to about 200 cats and dogs being euthanized.

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