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January 13th, 2015

Collision in Conover

January 13, 2015

An accident on Hwy. 70 near McDonald’s in Conover redirected traffic for about a mile in the eastbound lane. The traffic was held up for about 30 minutes. Conover Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene where a person was initially reported as trapped in the vehicle. No further information was available as of press time.

Officials sign agreement to protect local children

January 13, 2015

Representatives of Catawba County law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, Catawba County Social Services, and the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County have signed an inter-agency agreement pledging to work together to protect the child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse.

Claremont man convicted of three felonies

January 13, 2015

Tony Ray Shatley, 39, of Claremont, N.C., pleaded guilty to three felonies and a driving while impaired charge during Catawba County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 9.

Shatley was convicted of felony larceny, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and habitual felon status stemming from a Jan. 17, 2014, incident when he stole a pickup truck and led officers from Hickory...

French Connection

January 13, 2015

“The hardest part has been the last two weeks,” said Marie Messeant, a foreign exchange student at Newton-Conover High School. “ I had tried to only talk to my parents once a week, but with everything that is going on in France I have talked to my family every day this week.”

Messeant is visiting from Chatel-Guyon, France — a city about four hours south of Paris.

January 12th

Pro Football Playoff Recap

January 12, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Recap
Seattle 31 (13-4) vs
Carolina 17 (8-9-1)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 12, 2015

John Albert Phares, 79 of Hickory died Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Phares family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton-#828-464-1555.

Sex Crime Conviction

January 12, 2015

Edmundo Bello-Gomez, 50, of Conover, N.C., pleaded guilty as charged to three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of attempted first-degree rape in Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The offenses involved a 10-year-old female child and occurred between April 2009 and May 2010. There was no plea bargain.

Local furniture company to host job fair, hire 75

January 12, 2015

The furniture industry is no stranger to western North Carolina.
“It’s always good to see the furniture industry grow,” said Mike Webb, Human Resource Manager of Century Furniture in Long View.

Abernethy cleared of charges

January 12, 2015

In March of 2014, Newton Councilman Robert Abernethy, Jr. was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer, failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless driving by Greensboro Police.

On his way home from a basketball game, Abernethy said he attempted to continue straight down a road where an unidentified person was directing traffic to turn left.

January 9th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's prep scoreboard

January 9, 2015

Below is a look at Friday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball
Bandys 63, West Lincoln
Hickory 72, St. Stephens 22
Maiden 57, East Lincoln 44
Patton 60, Fred T. Foard 41
Newton-Conover 44, Bunker Hill 43

Boys basketball
East Lincoln 77, Maiden 37
Fred T. Foard 75, Patton 56
Hickory 57, St. Stephens 55

Sara Goble read a sign before she entered the Annex at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on Thursday “...
During a scrimmage this summer, the unthinkable happened to Bandys senior basketball player Haleigh...
Playing basketball together since they were 4 years old, the bond between twin sisters Kendyl and...


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