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August 24th, 2010

Water crisis in Newton

August 24, 2010

Both lanes of U.S. 70 were closed Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. after public works officials cut a gas line while attempting to locate a broken water line. 

About 136 Newton residents in a 1.4-square mile area are without water after a water line break threatened the city's ability to provide water to customers.

Currently water service has been been discontinued for city water customers between St. Paul's Church Road and Boundary Street, including the Newton shopping center where Bi-Lo and several other businesses are located.

August 23rd

Moped theft leads to deadly crash

August 23, 2010

Two men killed in a head-on collision Sunday were suspects in a moped theft, which occurred earlier that morning.

Christopher Archie Greene, 27, of Newton, and Brian Odell Lail, 30, of Hickory, were traveling in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road in Newton about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. B.E. Hipp of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Greene was driving the vehicle and Lail was riding in the truck bed, allegedly holding a moped that was stolen earlier Sunday morning from Legends apartment complex at 2113 21st St. SE in Hickory.

City interviews manager candidates

August 23, 2010

laremont officials will meet this week to interview candidates for the vacant city manager position.

City Council and Claremont citizen Jennifer Lowrance will interview three candidates for the job Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. during closed-session special meetings.

Candidates will be asked a series of more than 20 questions during the interview, and each candidate will be asked the same questions.

“I’ve done several interviews before, and it’s good to include (citizens),” said Tom Hogg, Claremont’s interim city manager.

Women stabbed with stiletto

August 23, 2010

A woman’s ex-boyfriend stabbed her Sunday with a steak knife and her stiletto shoe.

Hickory Police arrested Cameron Caleb Seagle, 21, of Hickory, on Sunday after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Brittany Danielle Wiles, 19, of Hickory.

He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, attempted first-degree murder and second-degree trespassing.

According to the Hickory Police Department, Seagle waited outside Wiles’ apartment complex at 740 Fifth Ave. SW in Hickory about 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

Cosmetology school sees enrollment increase

August 23, 2010

Twin sisters Blair and Jenna Johnson do just about everything together – including attend cosmetology school.

The sisters are two of 63 students in Catawba Valley Community College’s cosmetology school, a program experiencing record enrollment.

“It’s because the economy has been so bad,” said instructor Joyce Thomas. “People are looking for work where they’re going to get a job in the field, and everybody’s always going to get their hair done. It’s guaranteed.”

August 22nd

Two killed in Sunday wreck

August 22, 2010

Two people were killed and four others injured in a head-on collision early Sunday on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when a 1990 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Christopher Greene, 27, collided head-on with a Dodge pick-up truck. Green and a passenger of his vehicle, Brian Lail, 30, were killed in the wreck. Lail was riding in the bed of the truck, according to Highway Patrol.
Four passengers in the Dodge were injured in the wreck.

August 20th

None charged in battery thefts

August 20, 2010

Two people got a shock this week when they tried to start their vehicles and nothing happened.
They returned to their cars and found thieves stole their car batteries.
The thefts happened on two different occasions in the parking lot of Catawba Valley Community College’s main campus.
Both incidents happened Tuesday afternoon, about four hours apart, in broad daylight.
“When the person took the battery, they did it quickly,” said Capt. Roy Brown, of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.  

Marching bands hit the field

August 20, 2010

They’ve practiced drills for weeks, sweated in 90-degree weather, and now they’re ready to take the field on Friday nights this fall in crisp uniforms.
No, it’s not area football teams; it’s the marching bands.
High school band and color guard members, as well as their directors, practiced for weeks in preparation of upcoming football and marching band season.
And just like the football players who make touchdown passes look effortless, band members, too, work hard to deliver an exciting performance every Friday night.

County continues property revaluation process

August 20, 2010

 

The county tax office, which is amidst a more than two-year revaluation process, aims to mail property owners new valuation notices in mid-November.

Revaluation, which takes place every four years in Catawba County, aims to reflect accurate land values in the county.

State law requires North Carolina counties to conduct property revaluations every eight years, but counties are allowed to revalue property more frequently.

Arndt project on schedule

August 20, 2010

A $5.3-million renovation project at Arndt Middle School is under way and on schedule, but there are a few things parents, students and staff need to be aware of before starting the new school year.
Rick Sain, Catawba County Schools facilities management director, said the staff and visitor parking lot is complete and the driveway for parents to drop off students is finished. However, a new road that connects Arndt and to Sulphur Springs Road is still under construction.

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