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April 16th, 2014

Annual run honors principal, victims

April 16, 2014

A cloudy Monday morning became one of the brightest days of the year for students at Snow Creek Elementary School.

Students gathered under a blue and gold ballon arch to participate in their annual Runathon fundraiser, which was especially sentimental this year.

The run opened with a ceremony for Principal Dr. Walter Zahler, who will be retiring after this year.

April 15th

Republican candidates collide in final forum

April 15, 2014

More than 200 Republican voters turned out at the Newton-Conover Auditorium on Tuesday night for the second of two Primary Candidates Forums.

Three races were featured during the event, including 96th District House of Representatives, Clerk of Court in Catawba County and the 25th District Attorney.

April 14th

Four are added to Catawba County's sports hall

April 14, 2014

The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame is expanding its membership by four this year.

The Class of 2014 for the county’s sports hall was officially announced during a press conference at the Highland Recreation Center on Monday in Hickory.

Among those joining the hall in its 14th class are Jeff Barkley, Odell Moose, Beth Laney Queen and John Lentz.

April 11th

Sherrills Ford library construction well underway

April 11, 2014

The new branch of Catawba County Library on Sherrills Ford Road will soon be opening its doors.

The new branch is near the corner of Hwy 150 and Sherrils Ford Road, just a short distance from the current facility.

April 10th

$16.8 million to be reinvested in community colleges

April 10, 2014

Governor Pat McCrory made his second stop in Catawba County this week with a tour alongside middle school students of the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) and the simulated hospital at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC).

McCrory’s visit came with an announcement that will impact the entire North Carolina Community College System.

April 9th

Pinwheels for Prevention raises abuse awareness

April 9, 2014

The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground glistened with the reflections of 2,000 pinwheels for prevention on Wednesday afternoon.

The pinwheel represents childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve, according to the Prevent Child Abuse America organization.

April 8th

‘Carolina Comeback’ in Catawba County

April 8, 2014

GKN Driveline is expanding its Newton facility and adding 228 new jobs by 2018.

GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems, serving global vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Chrysler, GM and Ford. GKN Driveline is a leading producer of constant-velocity joint (CVJ) systems, AWD systems, transaxle solutions and eDrive systems.

April 7th

Compton receives life in prison for murder

April 7, 2014

A Granite Falls man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday after being accused of killing a Newton woman.

Aaron Obdee Compton, Jr., 50, pled guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

April 4th

$40 million courthouse expansion continues

April 4, 2014

Construction is underway at the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton.

Workers are creating a temporary new entrance for the public to use while the expansion project takes place because the main entrance will be blocked off during that time.

April 3rd

International delegates tour Center in Conover

April 3, 2014

The Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) in Conover opened its doors to delegates from 19 different countries on Thursday.

The Americas Competitiveness Tour made its stop in Conover to showcase the innovation and partnerships that are happening under the roof of the MSC.

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