February 20th, 2012
Residents of Newton and Conover gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate a new piece of history in the community.
Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) recently received a 110-pound piece of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers that collapsed after planes hit them September 11, 2001.
NCHS dedicated the 9/11 artifact during a ceremony attended by military personnel, area leaders and community citizens.
"Today is not just about that artifact," said Tom Mentzer, senior naval science instructor and Navy JROTC commander at NCHS. "It's about remembering the lives that we lost."
Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted on more charges Monday in Catawba County.
Mayfield, who was banned from NASCAR in 2009 after failing a random drug test, was indicted on three felony charges of possession of stolen goods and one felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense.
The offenses relate to stolen property found and sold from Mayfieldâ€™s residence between Nov. 16, 2010 and Nov. 16, 2011, according to the indictments.
Laura Alice Abernathy Goodson, 86, of Union Street, Maiden, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Goodson Family.
Loye L. Hefner, 85, of Conover, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
The family of Mr. Hefner has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.
What a difference a letter makes.
Darvinash Chandra Mohan, an eighth-grader at Newton-Conover Middle School, came within one letter of winning the 58th Annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on Monday.
With four spellers remaining, Chandra Mohan was the only speller to correctly spell his word. Spelling bee rules, however, required him to correctly spell another word to secure the championship.
Chandra Mohan misspelled "iridaceous," an adjective that describes a family of plants with swordlike leaves and showy flowers. He used an "i" in place of the "e."
Apple Inc. says it will build one of the nationâ€™s largest solar arrays to power its Maiden data center.
In a brief update to its environmental impact report, Apple announced Monday that it plans to power the Maiden data center with the nationâ€™s largest end-user-owned solar array and non-utility fuel cell installation.
Apple hinted in October 2011 that it wanted to build a solar array across from its data center, filing for an erosion control permit for more than 170 acres of land at 6028 Startown Road. In the permit, it described the project as â€śSolar panel farm A.â€ť
N.C. 16 traffic southeast of downtown Newton is moving again after a water line break forced multiple highway closures the past several days.
A six-inch water line broke Friday night, and workers closed a small section of N.C. 16 near South Ervin Avenue to repair the line, said Wilce Martin, public works and utilities director for the city of Newton.
Workers finished repairs about 1 p.m. Saturday, and the road reopened, Martin said.
The same patch of N.C. 16 was closed for a while Monday for repaving at the site of the line break.
Tossed salad was the source of a virus outbreak in January that sickened diners of a Conover seafood restaurant, according to a state health investigation.
â€¨Catawba County Public Health (CCPH) received at least 166 reports of illnesses from diners who ate at Harbor Inn Seafood between Jan. 13-29.
State health officials previously identified the illness as norovirus and now say it stemmed from the restaurantâ€™s tossed salad.
Winter weather Sunday night prompted Catawba County and Newton-Conover City school systems to delay the start of school two hours on Monday. The delay applies to students and staff.
Hickory Public Schools will also operate under a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday.
Catawba Valley Community College will delay opening until 10 a.m. due to weather conditions. The delay applies to all CVCC campuses.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold classes as planned.
Snow began falling in Catawba County late Sunday afternoon, bringing the first snow to the county of winter 2011-2012.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for several western North Carolina counties, including Catawba County.
NWS in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the advisory that will be in effect from noon Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
According to NWS, colder air continues to filter into the N.C. mountains and foothills from the north. Low pressure will track from the Gulf Coast states to the offshore Atlantic waters Sunday, spreading moisture into the western North Carolina region.
It was a successful Saturday for the Newton-Conover wrestling program â€” both as a team and individually.
The Red Devils held off Pisgah to earn the 2A West Regional crown, while qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro.
Among the five Red Devils heading to states are Ian Canrobert at 106 pounds, Franklin Wepner at 126 pounds, Tyler Benfield at 195 pounds, Eric Holbrook at 145 pounds and Addison Klutz at 152 pounds.
Wepner also picked up an individual title at the regionals, defeating Polk County's Jose Ramirez in the 126-pound final.