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November 5th, 2010

HAZMAT situation in Newton

November 6, 2010

Catawba County's Hazardous Materials Response Team responded Friday to a reported chemical release at a Newton facility.
The call was part of a training drill, which was designed to test the team's response capabilities during a major chemical release or spill.
"You're always going to have some issues in training," said Ryan Monteith, HAZMAT coordinator for the Catawba County Fire and Rescue Division. "That's the goal of the drill. We're trying to get better."

3 teens injured after possible drunk driving

November 5, 2010

Three teens were injured Wednesday in a single-car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Mt. Olive Church Road near the intersection of Ruth Avenue in Newton.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle, Melinda Cobie Carpenter, of Conover, admitted she drank six shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel. Carpenter turned 19 on Tuesday.

Technology 'stemming' to Jacobs Fork Middle

November 5, 2010

Jacobs Fork Middle School students itching to climb behind the wheel of a car learn how a build a skeletal vehicle years before they are eligible for a license.
They use miniature gears, wheels and belts to construct working models of car transmissions during automation and robotics class.
The class is part of Jacobs Fork Middle's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, which promotes hands-on learning for professional success beyond the classroom.

Batteries snatched from boats

November 5, 2010

A recent string of crime in Sherrills Ford could be the work of several people.
At least four boat batteries were stolen since Oct. 22 from boats kept in the Sherrills Ford area. Several homes were also broken into, resulting in more than $6,800 of property stolen or damaged.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the battery thefts are likely the work of one person, and several other people are possibly responsible for the home break-ins.

Voter turnout increases 4 percent

November 5, 2010

Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election increased from the last midterm election four years ago.
About 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election, which increased from 36 percent in the 2006 midterm election.
"There was a lot of interest in this election, so that helped turnout," said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "I thought it went very well."
Voters cast 41,686 ballots in the election, which is 40.47 percent of the county's 103,003 registered voters.

Student collects 4k items

November 5, 2010

A Tuttle Elementary School student collected more than 4,000 clothing items in three weeks to benefit underprivileged children in Haiti.
Samuel Owensby, 9, discovered impoverished children in the earthquake-ravaged country needed clothes, and he wasn't content until he came up with a plan to make a difference.
"I just really wanted to help out," Samuel said.

Bone found in Caldwell County

November 5, 2010

Police recovered a bone Wednesday in Caldwell County that could shed light on what happened to Zahra Baker.
Police wouldn't comment on what kind of bone was found or where in Caldwell County the bone was located.
According to the Hickory Police Department, the bone will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for further testing. If the medical examiner's results determine the bone is involved in the case, the bone will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation for additional testing.

November 2nd

40 percent of voters participate

November 3, 2010

Forty percent of Catawba County’s registered voters made their way to the polls Tuesday.
For a non-presidential election, Board of Election officials said during the early voting period, this election is going well.
From 103,003 registered county voters, 41,686 residents voted Tuesday.
The largest amount of votes, ranging from 40-50 percent, came from the Lake Norman, Sherrills Ford, Balls Creek, East Maiden, South Newton, West Newton, Conover East, Claremont, Startown, Mountain View, Banoak, Oakland Heights, Viewmont, Falling Creek and St. Stephens precincts.

Elections wrap up Tuesday

November 3, 2010

U.S. House of Representatives -- District 10
Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry appears to have defeated Democrat challenger Jeff Gregory. McHenry received 71.65 percent and Gregory received 28.35 percent of the more than 174,000 votes cast in the election. District 10 includes Burke County, which didn't finish reporting results before press time
Tuesday.

N.C. House of Representatives -- District 88
Democrat David Munday lost to Republican Mark W. Hollo. Hollo won the race by 6,057 votes.

N.C. Senate -- District 42
Incumbent Austin Allran ran unopposed for the seat.

3 incumbents keep seats

November 3, 2010

The newly elected Catawba County Board of Commissioners won't appear any differently than it has during the board's last two meetings.
Republican incumbents Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower won seats on the board, outing Democrat challengers Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith.
Isenhower, who was appointed to serve on the board last month, was the top vote-getter of the night, receiving 28 percent of the votes.
"I appreciate everyone who voted for me tonight, and I look forward to serving Catawba County," Isenhower said.

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