February 22nd, 2012
Catawba Countyâ€™s young professionals say it will take a combination of jobs and quality-of-life improvements to keep young people from leaving the region.
In the past 10 years, the county has had a 15-percent decline in the population ages 25 to 34. In that same time period, surrounding counties have also witnessed a 25-percent decline in the younger age brackets.
The elderly population has skyrocketed throughout.
Newton will seek federal funds to help the city's fire department get closer to meeting national standards for fighting structure fires.
As part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, the U.S. government is providing about $380 million to fire departments throughout the nation. The priorities of the funding are to provide firefighters for departments that have either laid off personnel, face the prospect of reduced staffing or seek additional firefighters to meet National Fire Protection Association standards, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
Newton is again pondering the idea of building a new fire station headquarters.
The current headquarters, located in Newtonâ€™s downtown area on West â€śAâ€ť Street, was last renovated in 1958 and has a host of health, safety and space issues that fire and city officials say have needed addressing for quite some time.
â€śItâ€™s clear that we absolutely need it,â€ť Newton Mayor Anne Stedman said at the cityâ€™s annual retreat this month. â€śItâ€™s not a want anymore.â€ť
A discussion for building a new headquarters has been going on for more than 10 years.
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the St. Stephens wrestling team, the Indians produced three state qualifiers.
Bradley Bader, Blake Rogers and Ian Martin will each vie for a state title when the NCHSAA individual state championships start Thursday.
Indians coach Billy Baker said the wrestlers worked hard this offseason to earn their postseason appearances.
The four remaining Catawba County basketball squads that made it through the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs are hosting second round games tonight.
In the 2A ranks, the Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams are at home at 7 p.m.
The No. 3 Lady Red Devils (25-3) host the CVACâ€™s third-place finisher and No. 11 seeded East Burke (18-9).Â
Newton-Conover swept the season series against the Lady Cavaliers.
The winner of that game gets either No. 2 Mountain Heritage (25-2) or No. 7 East Rutherford (18-7).
RALEIGH â€” Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Tuesday night.
Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.
This photo of Shauna Laughren and Victor Cruz Sanchez is The O-N-E photo of the week.
The couple and many others married at the courthouse on Valentine's Day in an annual ceremony organized by the county's register of deeds.
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Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield says the four felony charges against him are not true and plans to fight the allegations in court.
Mayfield, 42, of Catawba, turned himself in at the Catawba County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon after being indicted on possession of stolen goods and obstruction of justice charges a day before.
He was released after posting a $25,000 unsecured bond and was given a first appearance court date for Friday, according to a Catawba County arrest report.
Diana Bumgarner Winters, 65, of Maiden, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Drum Funeral Home in Conover is handling arrangements.
In the late 1990s, Twin City Knitting needed a pick-me-up.
Twin City President Fran Davis says when manufacturing jobs and production started transferring to China and other countries, the company needed help launching new products and working out the kinks in some of its existing products.
It resourced the Hosiery Technology Center, something now widely known as the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC)
â€śThe technical center saved our banana,â€ť Davis said.