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December 27th

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."

Conover looks to the future

December 23, 2010

Conover strives to be a "community of choice" in Catawba County.

This means a safe place for residents and their families and a dynamic economic environment for businesses, said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.

To make that vision a reality, city officials work to plan goals and realize those accomplishments each year, and the city adopted mission and vision statements about a year ago when Moritz took office.

Break-in reported at Geppeto's

December 23, 2010

Police are investigating a reported break-in after a thief made off with money from a popular area restaurant.

An employee of Geppeto's Pizza and More in Newton unlocked the downtown Newton restaurant Thursday at about 9 a.m. to find the cash register in disarray, said Newton Police Department Lt. M.D. Beal.

The employee called 9-1-1, and police arrived on the scene minutes later. After searching the building, investigators determined an unknown suspect gained access to the restaurant by prying open the back door.

NPD hires traffic safety officer

December 23, 2010

Speeders and drunk drivers beware.

Newton Police Department recently hired a traffic enforcement officer to keep the city a safe place to live, work and drive.

Officer Brett Williams will patrol Newton's streets, looking for traffic violations in an effort to make the city and its citizens safer.

"My main objective is to make our city a safer place to live," Williams said. "We will be actively looking for infractions."

December 22nd

Area churches celebrate holidays

December 22, 2010

Those hoping to celebrate the Christmas season through worship have a wide range of church services to choose from during the holidays.

For those who enjoy music during their Christmas services, New Vision Church of Conover offers two Christmas Eve services with plenty to sing about.

"We're going to sing a lot of carols and have a lot of songs," said the Rev. Ann Aichinger of New Vision. "Basically, it's a very simple, beautiful service."

Giving the gifts of smiles

December 22, 2010

The Catawba County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police collected more than 100 toys and stuffed animals to donate to sick and needy children and adults spending the holiday season in the hospital.

FOP volunteers distributed the gifts Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to give away the gifts and make recipients smile.

"We're here to see smiles," said FOP president Carl Pope, who is retired from the Highway Patrol. "Whether it's from the adults or the kids, we just want to see smiles."

Hit, run driver causes $6K in damage

December 22, 2010

Newton Police are looking for a motorist who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage when the driver's car crashed into an apartment building.

The incident happened Wednesday several minutes after midnight at the Sandalwood Apartments at East 11th Street and Mount Olive Church Road in Newton.

The driver of a white and gray Jeep was parked at building 712 near apartment A when, according to a witness, the motorist drove from the parked position straight into the apartment building. The motorist then left the scene of the crash.

Maiden strives to maintain finances

December 22, 2010

Maiden officials are optimistic about the town's financial stability and are hoping for continued success in the upcoming year.

"We've had a good year," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "And to do that in this economy is a good thing."

Every department in the town operated under budget in the last fiscal year, and town officials didn't have to access its reserves to make it through the year.

The town operates at 72.42 percent of its unreserved fund balance as compared to total expenditure, which far exceeds the Local Government Commission's recommended 8-12 percent.

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