February 22nd, 2012
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.
N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco says innovation has been a key to manufacturing success for more than 100 years.
Crisco and other state leaders said Tuesday that the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) will bring jobs and industry success to Conover and the region for decades to come.
"I see the Manufacturing Solutions Center as a beacon of innovation and an incubator of business that can put our people back to work," said U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
County commissioners approved funding this week for a project that will bring a municipal water line to homes with â€śsevere water needs."
â€¨The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the use of money remaining from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to provide 2,250 linear feet of water line to nine low- to moderate-income houses.â€¨
â€śThere are going to be some happy people in regards to the water out there,â€ť commissioners Chairwoman Kitty Barnes said after board approval of the project.â€¨