January 13th, 2012
Citizens across Catawba County will pause Monday to celebrate and remember the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Events include marches, speakers and a theater production.
Many public offices will be closed Monday for the holiday.
Happenings this week include:
The Catawba County branch of the NAACP will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a march at 11 a.m. from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
A program will begin at noon at the courthouse, with Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member Betty Coulter the speaker.
Conover is inching closer to bringing the Manufacturing Solutions Center to Conover Station.
Conover City Council approved a lease agreement with Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on Thursday that will make a new home for the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).
The city also approved a contract with MSC, which is currently located on CVCCâ€™s East Campus.
MSC employs about 36 full- and part-time workers who collaborate with companies around the world to develop and improve their products to go to market.
A variety of events across Catawba County today will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.
* Monday march
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP event will begin at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Monday and end at the downtown courthouse square.
* Monday ceremony
An MLK Jr. program will follow the march at noon Monday at the courthouse square. Betty Coulter, a Newton-Conover City Schools board member, will be the speaker.
* Food drive
Pattie “Priscilla” Turner Drum, 79, of Drum Drive, Maiden, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Drum Family.
Ray Bandy Beal, 89, of Newton, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at his residence. The Beal family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin overnight closures of Interstate 40 East in Catawba County on Monday for construction work.
Workers will begin a concrete pavement grooving project in the closed section from exits 130-133 through Conover.
The closure will begin at 9 p.m. each night and last through 6 a.m. the next morning. In a press release, NCDOT did not include information about the length of the project or closures.
The inaugural Carolina Auto Racing Show kicked off Friday and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center off Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.â€¨
The show features a variety of vendors from across the nation who are showcasing and selling products for racers, drivers and car fans.
The show also features models of various types of race cars.
â€¨Show officials expect to give away thousands of dollars in door prizes, too.
ASI Racewear, a race apparel company based in New York, is one of many vendors that is providing a display at the show.
A Newton police officer was transported to the hospital after being struck by a car just before noon Friday.
NPD Officer Evalenne Fowler, 86, was walking north across â€śAâ€ť Street at Main Avenue when she was hit by an older model mustang.
â€¨Fowler, a parking enforcement officer who patrols downtown Newton, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries in her left leg and hip, Yarborough said.
The driver of the mustang, Linda P. Holland, 64, of Newton, was cited for failure to yield to a crosswalk, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.
A Hickory sex offender is in jail for having a Facebook site.
Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies arrested Rusty Ryan Anderson, 21, of 1398 Finger Bridge Road in Hickory, on Wednesday after authorities discovered Anderson was unlawfully operating a Facebook social media page.
According to North Carolina General Statutes, registered sex offenders are prohibited from using social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other site that provides social introduction for the purposes of friendship, meeting people or information exchanges, according to General Statute 14-202.5.
Catawba County citizens are helping their neighbors after an EF2 tornado ripped through Burke and Rutherford counties. See The O-N-Eâ€™s coverage online in the local news section and on the front of the print edition for Friday.
Expansions to service and space at Catawba County Public Health will allow 1.500 more children to receive dental care. Details ONLY in The O-N-E.
Tragedy struck Dec. 3 for Alleghany High School senior wrestler Luke Hampton.
During a meet at Hibriten High School, attended by both Fred T. Foard and Maiden High Schools in Lenoir, Hampton charged an opponent during a match at his 182-pound weight class.
The 17-year-oldâ€™s life changed forever.
Breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae by striking a padded wall, Hampton, then ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class, became paralyzed from the neck down.
The Hampton family immediately sought help. All of Catawba Countyâ€™s prep wrestling teams answered.