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September 23rd, 2010

O-N-E launches campaign

September 23, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
And as Catawba County’s  community newspapers launch their second annual “Hometown Christmas” campaign, the Christmas spirit will start flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.

Stitched with love

September 23, 2010

Lorene Fox is finishing a quilt two decades in the making.
She started making the quilt 20 years ago for her daughter, but she never knew how to complete the blue and white blanket.
"I just kept putting it aside and never finished it," she said. "I've never done any quilting before. That's why I kept putting it aside."
When she heard about the Shuford YMCA's weekly quilting group, Fox recognized her opportunity to finally complete the quilt.

OPOP delays play's starting date

September 23, 2010

The Old Post Office Playhouse moved its opening production date back one week.
"The King and I" will open the 2010-11 season for The Green Room Community Theatre at its new facility, the OPOP. The play was set to open Oct. 1, but now it will open Oct. 8.
"The reason the decision was made to move the date back was because the cast hasn't had enough time on the new stage," said Sherry Butler, executive director for The Green Room.

Man arrested for Radio Shack break-in

September 23, 2010

Conover Police arrested a man in connection with an electronics store break-in.
Caskell Cook, 31, of Conover, is accused of stealing more than $2,200 worth of laptops from Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West, according to Shane Moore, of the Conover Police Department.
The break-in occurred about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Cook allegedly used a brick or a blunt object to break open the store window.

Man robs convenience store

September 23, 2010

Newton Police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly robbed a convenience store with a sawed-off shotgun.
Paul Edd Dalton Dollarhyde, 34, of Newton, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon and resist obstruct and delay.
Police received a call Wednesday about 9 p.m. of an armed robbery in progress at the J&L Run-In, located at 1918 N. Main Ave. in Newton, according to Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

September 22nd

What's next for 9-1-1

September 22, 2010

Catawba County residents will be better protected with the implementation in the coming months of a new 9-1-1 program.  
Next Generation 9-1-1 technology allows operators and responders to better serve citizens during an emergency situation, said Terry Bledsoe, chief information officer.
"(A car accident) generates a lot of calls to our 9-1-1 center, and that ties up lines," Bledsoe said. "We hope to remedy that with Next Generation 9-1-1."

Newton explores new requirements for developers

September 22, 2010

Newton planners want to increase requirements for developers creating residential subdivisions inside the city.
Proposals to require more open space, roads and sidewalks in sub-divisions, met mixed responses from Newton City Council members, however.
“We don’t have developers coming in and knocking down the door to build on all the land we have,” said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. “It is hard for me to swallow tightening the requirements when we don’t have people that want to develop.”

Conover School gets helping hand

September 22, 2010

One hundred dollars can buy 200 glue sticks, about 160 juice boxes or 450 colored pencils.
Ten teachers at Conover School must decide how to spend $100 in the classroom after they received $100 gift cards from the Conover Wal-Mart.
"It was for no other reason but because they appreciated what we do," said Conover School Principal Betsy Rosenbalm.

Board honors Markley

September 22, 2010

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners honored Catawba County Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley with a Distinguished Public Service award.
Markley is leaving Catawba County effective Sept. 30 to be superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"I leave knowing that there's good people here after I'm gone," Markley said.
He commended the strong working partnership between county government and Catawba County Schools.
"I can only hope that the partnership (in New Hanover County) is as strong as we have here," he said.

Bed bugs bite

September 22, 2010

They bite, multiply and can be in your bed tonight.
Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs and couches, and they come out to feed at night.
"People realize they've got bed bugs most of the time when they're bitten," said Earl Fulbright, president of Fulbright Pest Control, located on West A Street in Newton. "People will also find small red dots of blood on their bed sheets from
bed bug bites."

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