Archive - News Article
February 27th, 2015
For many students, snow days serve as a carefree day of freedom from class that can be spent sledding, building snowmen or sipping hot chocolate. But for more than 1,300 students across Catawba Countyâ€™s three school systems â€” Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools â€” snow days could mean a day without food.
â€śThis is the kind of snow that I like,â€ť said 44-year-old Joan Wilder as she gets ready to put the eyes and nose on a snowman with her kids. â€śIt is here today, and gone tomorrow.â€ť
Snow-dusted roadways made for a slippery commute in Catawba County early Tuesday morning. Around 7 a.m., Conover Fire Department responded to a traffic accident on Conover Boulevard East near the intersection of Emmanuel Church Road where a red pickup truck had overturned down an embankment. When officials arrived on scene, the driver was entrapped in the vehicle.
County school buses were dusted with a fluffy snow on Tuesday and were cautioned not to hit the roads. Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, parents received calls from area school systems announcing a two hour delay for students. As flakes began to fall across Catawba County, school was called off for the third day in two weeks due to inclement weather.
The City of Claremont was recently awarded $240,000 in grant funds from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
The funds will be used toward the states Building Reuse Program and will support the reuse of a 10,000 sq. ft. building that owned by Prysmian Cables and Systems USA, LLC.
Vernon Bobby Dixon has been identified by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office as the suspect who was shot and killed during a home breaking and entering on River Bend Road just north of Claremont on Monday.
Chelsea Pendley, right, and her mom Robin, left, check out photos of sparkling bouquets at the Forever Jeweled booth at the first ever Downtown Newton Wedding Expo and Promenade. Chelsea, of Conover, visited Saturdayâ€™s event to check out local vendors and begin planning for her upcoming nuptials.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Ahâ€™Ron Hope won a state title at 285 pounds on Saturday in Greensboro during the NCHSAA Individual State Wrestling tournament. The Red Devils also finished as team state runners up. For more, see Sports on Page 8 of the Tuesday Edition.
On Monday morning, an 8-year-old male was struck by a car while waiting to catch the school bus, according to a release from Maiden Police.
At 6:59 a.m., police and emergency personnel responded to a call that a child had been struck by a vehicle in the 500 block of East Main Street in downtown Maiden.
A man was shot and killed after he attempted to break into a home at 7564 River Bend Road just north of Claremont Monday morning, Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said.
According to Reid, the homeowner heard someone in his basement around 9:25 a.m. The homeowner was on the phone with 911 to advise of a possible break-in when he heard the basement door being kicked in.