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December 28th

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.

Snow clean-up runs smoothly

December 27, 2010

The weekend's snow gave county residents a white Christmas, but it also gave them potentially treacherous travel conditions.

State and local crews forfeited their Christmas breaks this weekend to spend Saturday and Sunday clearing and preparing roadways for motorists.

Public works crews and emergency responders, however, had few difficulties.

"It was very uneventful for that much snow," said Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, of the county's requests for emergency services during the winter weather. "I think the timing was good."

White Christmas causes few problems

December 27, 2010

Snowfall blanketed Catawba County during the holiday weekend, but the resulting ice and snow caused mostly minor problems for county residents.

Catawba County received about 5-8 inches of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The holiday snowfall marks the first white Christmas for the area in more than six decades.

Snow pictures wanted

December 27, 2010

The O-N-E wants to see your favorite snow pictures.

Send us your snowman, snow angel or any other snow-related pictures. Pictures will be posted on our website, as well as in future print editions.

Upload the pictures to our website by clicking on "submit a photo" or e-mail pictures to onenews@observernewsonline.com.

December 24th

Elderly couple dies in crash

December 24, 2010

An elderly Maiden couple died after an automobile accident Thursday morning on N.C. 16.
Vera Caldwell, 90, was driving herself and her husband, Frank, 94, in their 2002 Ford Escape when they were hit by a 2011 Honda minivan driven by Heather Joyner, 40, of Hickory.
The impact spun the Caldwells’ car onto the shoulder of the road in the southbound lane and sent Joyner’s car off the road to the left.
Joyner was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center.

December 23rd

A 'bright' Christmas for residents

December 23, 2010

Catawba County residents might not have a white Christmas this year.

But for many residents, it will be a bright Christmas with elaborate and festive holiday decorations.

Homes throughout the county are decorated in varying degrees of holiday cheer, with white and colored lights, inflatable snow globes, nativity scenes and, of course, Christmas trees.

"We decorate every year," said Patty Tucker, who lives with her family on West Sixth Street in Newton. "We've gotten a little more extensive with it since the kids have come."

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