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March 15th, 2011
Population increased in Newton from 2000 to 2010, but there are more vacant homes within the city's limits.
Newton's latest resident count increased by 408 people, but those people aren't filling up all the city's vacant properties, which increased 63 percent since 2000.
Results from Newton's 2010 census revealed the city's residents increased about 3.2 percent since the last time the population count was conducted 10 years ago. The city's latest population count includes 12,968 residents.
A Newton-Conover City Schools coach and teacher was inducted into the system's hall of fame Monday night, honoring the man's commitment to students and physical education.
Tim Elrod, 55, was one of three people chosen to be part of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, an honor designed to recognize excellence in and commitment to athletics. This is Elrod's 31st year as Shuford Elementary School's physical education teacher, and he coached track and field for 27 years at Newton-Conover High School.
"That's the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Elrod said. "I've been so blessed here."
Police say they know who is responsible for an early morning shooting and robbery that left three dead and another injured.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies issued three murder warrants for Everette Proshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont.
Hewitt remains at large, and he is considered armed and dangerous.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid announced Tuesday at noon that a third person died from gunshot wounds sustained during a robbery and shooting in a mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover.
Four people were shot during an early morning home invasion in Conover on Tuesday.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies report two people were killed and two others injured in the invasion at a mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road about 4:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, and the other is stable, according to investigators.
Emerging details indicate a masked gunman knocked on the door of a home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park. When a resident answered the door the man demanded money and shots were fired.
A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.
Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.
The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.
The Gergely family's home appeared, from the outside, to be a typical residence in the Deerfield development of Mountain View.
A garden sits at the front of the yard near a swing set, and children's sporting equipment is scattered throughout the property.
But inside the residence, George L. Gergely Jr., 42, stored six cans of gasoline and firearms after a reported suicide attempt the day before his house exploded.
A call for help
Gergely's wife, Michele, called 9-1-1 on Sunday about 1:05 p.m. to report her husband was having suicidal thoughts and threatening to harm himself.
A proposal to prohibit construction of new "quonset" huts in Newton not only missed the mark, if passed it can open the door to "quonset hut farms" in the city.
As a result, Newton City Council sent a zoning ordinance amendment concerning accessory structures back to city planners' drafting board.
It has been more than 35 years since Newton's train depot helped transport passengers from one location to another.
But new life continues to reinvigorate the building on North Main Avenue, including the addition of an outdoor train museum.
The Newton Depot Authority announced March 9 they will add an outdoor railroad museum to the historic Newton Depot. The railroad museum is designed to collect, restore and preserve railroad equipment that honors the railroad's history in western North Carolina.
A 42-year-old man caused his home to explode, killing himself Sunday.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, George Gergely Jr.'s wife got commitment papers to have her husband checked mentally. Reid said his wife was concerned that her husband was going to harm himself after he made threats to do so. She also referenced a large number of guns were inside the Willowbottom Road home in the Mountain View community.
Reid said the Special Tactics and Response Team responds as protocol to suicide situations.
First Class Petty Officer Thomas Brandt hasn't lived in Catawba County for long, but he knows its a place where he wants to live and work after his deployment.
Brandt, 30, lives in Conover, but will soon be deployed with the U.S. Navy. He doesn't know where he'll be, and he doesn't know what he'll be doing.
But he does know one thing: He's exactly where he should be.
"I wanted an adventure," said the native New Yorker, who moved to Catawba County in September. "I always wanted to do something really significant with my life."