January 19th, 2012
Claremont citizens may observe constant smoke in the city beginning next week.
The smoke is harmless and part of an effort to eliminate ground and storm water from entering the sanitary sewer system.
Claremont will start conducting a sanitary sewer evaluation program next week, which includes smoke that will test sanitary sewer mains and house lateral connections for leaks and defects.
The testing will begin Monday and should be completed by Feb. 10, said Doug Barrick, Claremont city manager.
Video footage from campus surveillance cameras offered authorities no new information Thursday as they continue to investigate a report of a gunman at Catawba Valley Community College.
Police said a female CVCC employee reported a middle-aged white man holding a handgun in an East Campus parking lot about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. The employee said the man was wearing a backpack and had long, curly blonde hair.
CVCC locked down its east and main campuses Wednesday as law enforcement spent nearly four hours combing the college for the suspect.
As a toddler growing up in Chicago, Catherine LeFevers tried to understand the ancient art of origami. LeFevers grew up surrounded by art â her parents attended Art Institute of Chicago. A collection of origami books, published in 1959, was nestled among many stacks of art books.
LeFevers, 51, and a resident of Newton, still has these books.
âI was intrigued with origami but couldnât understand it,â she said. âI did fold paper as a child.â
Crisis was averted on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, but a lockdown and evacuation of nearly 5,000 people from the schoolâs two campuses caused a lot of alarm in the Hickory Metro.
The O-N-E delivered news updates online throughout Wednesdayâs security threat online at www.observernewsonline.com and on Twitter @TheONENews.
Get a wrap-up of the dayâs details on the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba Countyâs swim teams are preparing to compete in their respective conference meets, which start Friday in Valdese.
The Northwestern 3A/4A meet is Friday at 4 p.m. at the Valdese Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Catawba Valley 2A squads meet at the same location Saturday at 8 a.m. for their meet.
Last year, the two meets combined to crown four champions in different schools, including the East Burke and South Caldwell boys and St. Stephens and Draughn girls.
The Lady Indians will try to defend their crown, despite losing six senior swimmers to graduation.
Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.
Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.
âIâm resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,â Nelson said in a phone interview.
The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.
Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and Newton-Conoverâs wrestling teams remain among the top five teams in this weekâs dual team coaches poll.
The Tigers (22-1) lost first place votes in the latest poll.
They trail Orange by 26 votes, a closer margin than the last poll Jan. 4.
St. Stephens remains in fifth place in the 3A ranks.
In 2A, Newton-Conover remains in second place, trailing Piedmont, while Bandys remains slightly outside the top five.
3A coaches poll
1. Orange (18) 220
2. Foard (5) 194
3. Robinson 132
4. SW Randolph 48
5. St. Stephens 24
Catawba County commissioners agreed to a grant this week that will help pay for repairs to multiple low-income households.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners agreed to the N.C. Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair Program Grant in the amount of $37,500.
The grant will be used to provide energy-efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs to seven low-income households in the area, according to information from the county.
Each home will receive a maximum of $5,000 in repairs.
Police arrested a Newton man Monday afternoon after he assaulted his girlfriend and led authorities on a chase through the county.
Rushie Lee Kennedy, 24, of 815 East 1st St. in Newton, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest and assault on a female after a domestic issue turned into a police chase Monday afternoon.
Police say Kennedy assaulted his girlfriend at the Catawba Pines Apartments in Newton at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and fled the scene in a silver Chevy Impala.
His girlfriend called the police, who caught up to Kennedy in Newton and attempted to stop him. Â
Francina Owens was sitting in her driverâs education class Wednesday morning when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker.
âSecurity code red. The campus is on lockdown. This is not a test,â the voice said.
Owens, a Maiden resident, was one of nearly 1,000 students on Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs East Campus when an employee spotted what appeared to be a gunman in a parking lot in front of the school.
Both the east and main campuses at CVCC were on lockdown for nearly four hours as area SWAT teams searched buildings for the suspect.
Authorities never found the reported gunman.