January 20th, 2012
The district attorney and a local author-historian will speak to Catawba County community groups early this week. Performers will entertain citizens with a ukulele and illusions as the week wraps up. Read on for more of what's happening this week in Catawba County:
District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither will speak at the regular meeting of the South Newton Neighborhood Watch at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 612 South College Ave., from 7-8 p.m.
Darvinash Chandra Mohan says his strongest subject is math.
He knows his spelling, too.
Chandra Mohan, an eighth-grader at Newton-Conover Middle School (NCMS), won the Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) spelling bee Friday morning.
After runner-up Brianna Marquinez misspelled epilepsy, Chandra Mohan correctly spelled tentativeness and philosophize in the final round. He will represent NCCS in the district bee Feb. 20 in Charlotte.
"Those were big words," he said. "I knew I was going to get them right."
County health officials say at least 18 people reported being sick after eating at a Conover seafood restaurant late last week.
Citizens reported experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating at the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road.
"They reported that they ate there around Friday the 13th," said Kelly Isenhour, Catawba County Public Health's (CCPH) assistant health director. "Their illnesses seem to come on fairly quickly and intensely, and their symptoms seem to revolve around that day."
Catawba County will begin accepting used cooking oils at its Blackburn Solidwaste Convenience Center next month to prevent unwanted issues in the countyâ€™s sewer systems.
Beginning Feb. 1, the county will accept the oils for proper recycling at its Blackburn Convenience Center at 3864 Rocky Ford Road in Newton. The program is free and open to county residents.
A Catawba County hero is finally home.
â€¨A Patriot Guard of more than 60 motorcycles, police and two military vehicles carried the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Willie Dennis Hill back to the county Friday afternoon, nearly 62 years after he was reported missing and presumed dead during the Korean War.
â€¨Hill was born and raised in Catawba. He was originally listed as missing in action in November 1950 during combat action between the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Forces and the United Nations Command forces in the vicinity of Anju, North Korea.
Thelma Jane Long Winebarger, 77, of Shang Lane, Conover, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton is handling arrangements.
Police have identified a man who died in a fiery car crash in Conover on Tuesday.â€¨
The victim, Gordon John Robinson, 64, of Asheville, was found dead inside a crashed vehicle shortly after 9:45 a.m. Tuesday off Reese Drive in Conover.
Authorities believe Robinson suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck, and Conover police are treating the incident as a traffic accident until they receive results from the coroner, said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.
Newton's downtown district may get a historic revitalization boost by late March.
The N.C. National Register Advisory Committee will soon review a nomination that the city's downtown district be added to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.
The proposed downtown historic district is bound by 2nd Street, North Forney Avenue, "A" Street and North Ashe Avenue.
Thereâ€™s no new leads from Wednesdayâ€™s reported gunman at Catawba Valley Community College, and a review of the school's 24-hour video surveillance revealed nothing.
More details from this weekâ€™s campus lockdown and evacuation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E, along with the latest information on police and school leadersâ€™ review of their response to the security threat.
Beyond GeoDome: students at Jacobs Fork Middle School entered a new inflatable theater that delivers lessons about climate change: www.observernewsonline.com/content/mobile-science-center-visits-jacobs-fork.
â€śBig Daddyâ€ť just got a little bigger.
St. Stephens High School named Chris Bunting, the defensive coordinator for the Indians football team last season, as its newest head coach Thursday.
Bunting replaces Fred Whalen, who stepped down after two seasons in the post.
â€śWe have a great community here,â€ť Bunting said at a Thursday press conference at the school. â€śWe have a great support system with our principal and athletic director. We have an amazing faculty and our kids are fantastic. We have things in place that are very good for us.â€ť