November 15th, 2011
Catawba County municipal and school board election results became official Tuesday afternoon.
The Catawba County Board of Elections completed a vote canvass that led to no changes in outcomes, said Larry Brewer, the county's elections director.
Brewer said votes from two provisional ballots provided the only changes to race totals. The ballots were completed by registered Catawba County voters who had moved since the last election and had not changed their addresses.
Two other provisional ballots were not counted in the totals.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy says she's running for a western North Carolina congressional district currently represented by Republican Patrick McHenry.
Bellamy announced her congressional bid in the 10th District on Tuesday. The Democrat would have to first win a primary against at least two other candidates before taking on McHenry next November.
Bellamy says Washington is broken and citizens want Congress to get things done, particularly getting more people working again.
Authorities found a missing teenager Tuesday night in Catawba County.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies found 14-year-old Kaitlyn Coronodo after she left her foster home in western Lincoln County over the weekend.
A foster parent told Lincoln County law enforcement officers that Coronodo was in her bedroom around 6 a.m. Saturday. The parent said Coronodo's bedroom window was open at 10 a.m. Saturday and the teen was missing.
Authorities believe Coronodo may have tried to travel back to the home of one of her biological parents in the Hickory area.
Some drivers along a section of North College Avenue in Newton will be rerouted beginning this week as the city begins work on a sewer line project.
Work, which is expected to take about two and a half weeks, will affect North College Avenue between East 18th and East 20th streets, according to the city of Newton. Parts of roads in that area will be covered by heavy equipment and dirt piles.
Local traffic will be allowed in the area, but through traffic will be detoured from East 13th Street to East 20th Street.
Local elected officials are making decisions about the communities you call home.
Leaders of Newton-Conover City Schools plan to use instructional days for teacher development next year. When the systemâ€™s school board met Monday night, it also learned more about school improvement plants at Newton-Conover High and Newton-Conover Health Science High schools.
More details are in The Observer News Enterpriseâ€™s Tuesday online edition, www.observernewsonline.com
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met Monday night in Newton. Following is a short report on the board's actions.
For more â€” and for comprehensive coverage of news throughout Catawba County â€” pick up print copies of The Observer News Enterprise during the week.
*The board approved a request for the state to allow the Newton-Conover district to use three of next year's extra five instructional days for teacher development and two of the days for student instruction.
After Newton approved new rules for sidewalk signs downtown last month, area businesses and civic clubs hope city leaders will loosen restrictions on temporary signs announcing fund-raisers, grand-openings or other special sales.
Relaxing city policy on short-term, promotional signs isn't coming easy, however.
Teamwork may pay off big for two area groups.
Blackburn Elementary School and The Newton Depot Authority partnered in the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, a competition for project grant funding that is solely determined by public votes.
Though competing in separate categories, both groups seek funding for projects they say will enhance their organizations and the community.
Both currently rank just outside the winning parameters on a list of nationwide organizations that will receive funding at the end of the year.
Police are investigating a case of a dead body that was discovered in Maiden on Sunday morning.
Catawba County authorities are awaiting a toxicology report for the body of Joe Paul Brown II, who was found dead on the 2300 block of Withers Road in Maiden.
Authorities responded to a call referencing a dead body on Sunday, and Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brown, who lived in the area, did not have any visible trauma to his body, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
A fire destroyed a residential garage near Lookout Shoals Lake on Sunday.
It took six fire departments to put out the blaze at 4290 Stewart Road in Claremont that eventually destroyed the storage garage.
The garage was located behind the residence, and fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
The garage contained trucks, tractors and various equipment that was also damaged in the fire, said Shannon Eckard, a rescue responder with Oxford (Catfish) Fire and Rescue.