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August 18th, 2010
Amber Merrill cried when her 6-month-old daughter won the Soldiers Reunion Baby Parade.
Though Merrill cried tears of joy for Peyton’s win, she also cried because her daughter’s father wasn’t there to see her win the birth to age 1 division of the parade.
Peyton’s father, Ethan Merrill, is serving time in Afghanistan, where he has been for about 10 weeks. “We’re very proud,” Merrill said of her daughter’s win.
The 121st annual Soldiers Reunion continues today for Reunion Day on the Court Square in downtown Newton. Here is a schedule of today's events, as well as scheduled events to finish Reunion Week.
9 a.m. Activities start on the Court Square with many vendors participating.
10 a.m. Memorial service to honor veterans who died in the past year. The guest speaker will be N.C. Department of the American Legion Commander Bill Oxford of Lenoir. The event will be held on the Court Square in Newton.
A year ago, officials with The Green Room Community Theatre helped kick-off Reunion Day by breaking ground on a new $3.5-million project to create a new performing arts center in downtown Newton.
Today, plenty has changed at the property where shovels turned dirt near the corner of A Street and Main Avenue, and this week, Newton city leaders got one of the first glimpses at a facility that has been a beehive of activity since construction started.
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One room of a mobile home was destroyed Wednesday after an early morning fire in Newton.
Newton Fire Department was dispatched to 2733 Burnley Drive at 8:33 a.m.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:38 a.m. to find smoke coming from the double-wide mobile home's master bedroom.
The fire destroyed the master bedroom and its contents. Smoke damaged other parts of the home.
The residents weren't at home during the fire, and no one was injured.
The 121st annual Newton Soldiers Reunion event continues Thursday when the afternoon service begins at 4 p.m. on the east side of the Court Square. The Reunion Service will feature special guest Command Sergeant Major Gary L. Littrell, recipient of the prestigious Medal of Honor.
Littrell will provide special remarks at the service, following welcomes by Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman and Catawba County Commission Chairperson Kitty Barnes. Col. Bradley McRee will be the featured speaker for the patriotic service.
Catawba Fire Department will receive $7,000 in appropriated matching funds from the county.
The funds will be used to pay for a thermal imaging camera, a four-gas monitor and a ventilation saw through a matching grant from the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Volunteer Fire Department Fund grant program.
“We’re going to give them the full $7,000, because that is what was agreed upon,” said County Manager Tom Lundy.
Catawba County officials continue discussions about selling the county’s portion of the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility.
Representatives from both counties are set to meet in the coming weeks to consider Catawba County’s options in selling it’s 88-bed share of the detention facility.
“The cost for Catawba (County) to be bought out is the cost of building a pod (at the Catawba County jail),” said County Manager Tom Lundy.
Healthy lifestyles are part of summer fun for several area teenagers.
Six teen leaders visit area schools and youth organizations to teach late-elementary students about the importance of making healthy personal choices.
“Not only can we be a leader for them, but we can also be their friends,” said Jackie McCoy, 13, who volunteers as a teen leader for Health Rocks.
Jury selection started Monday for the murder trial of a man who alleged shot and killed a N.C. trooper two years ago.
Edwardo Wong is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Trooper Shawn Blanton on Interstate 40 near Canton.
The trial will be held in Catawba County because a judge ruled media outlets near Canton biased potential jurors.
Wong allegedly shot Blanton to death June 17, 2008, during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Blanton pulled Wong over because he couldn’t find information about Wong’s GMC truck in the database.