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August 4th, 2011

Gunpoint robbery in Newton

August 4, 2011

A Newton couple’s late-night stroll was interrupted Wednesday night after two men robbed the lovers at gunpoint.

Police say Francisco Francisco Matzuy, 61, of Newton, was walking with his girlfriend near the intersection of Main Street and Herman Street in Newton at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two black male suspects approached the couple. One of the men had a silver revolver and pointed the gun at Matzuy.

The suspect with the gun told Matzuy to, “Give me your wallet. Give me all your money,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

Friday, August 5, 2011

August 4, 2011

Jerry Allen Fulbright, 67, of Newton passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Fulbright family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton, NC

Jerry Benjamin Creech, 65, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at his residence.  The Creech family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

School year gets longer — for teachers

August 4, 2011

The N.C, General Assembly added five more instructional days to the 2011-12 school calendar, but that doesn't mean Catawba County's students will face any extra time in the classroom.

Instead, the county's teachers will.

August 3rd

Hickory held to five hits, no runs in loss

August 4, 2011

The rubber match between Hickory and Hagerstown on the baseball diamond Wednesday was undoubtedly a no contest.

The Suns (60-48, 20-18) had 11 hits on offense, include a pair of two-run homers and a bases clearing triple.

The Crawdads offense, on the other hand, was anything, but hot. Hickory (63-44, 23-16) had five hits from the plate with three of those happening in the second inning.

Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning behind the two home runs by shortstop Jason Martinson and catcher Adrian Nieto. The homers brought in a total of four runs.

Bullpen helps Suns escape with victory

August 4, 2011

After a game between the Hickory Crawdads and Hagerstown Suns on Monday that featured a combined 33 hits and 27 runs, things cooled down just a bit Tuesday.

Both teams had five hits each through five innings, but their two strong bullpens allowed a combined three hits and no runs, allowing Hagerstown to take a 3-2 road win.

Hagerstown (59-48, 19-18) took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second, third basemen Sean Nicol singled over the head of second basemen Odubel Herrera to plate catcher David Freitas.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 3, 2011

Jerry Benjamin Creech, 65, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at his residence.  The Creech family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Charles Edward Presnell, 56, of Conover died Saturday, July 30, 2011.  The Presnell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home and Cremations in Newton.
 

County: Newton compensation equal to other districts

August 3, 2011

While Newton leaders say they are not compensated for providing emergency medical response to the rural fire district Newton Fire Department serves, county officials say that is not true. In addition, county leaders say Newton receives the same funding as other departments in the county — and those departments provide medical first response.

Local expansion brings ‘tangible results’ to area

August 3, 2011

Since 2008, unemployment rankings and income levels have been thrown around in conversation by politicians and the average citizen alike. While some believe the “Great Recession” is nearing an end, others think the worst is yet to come. 
Needless to say, economic statistics have filled debate about the financial “crisis” going on in the country.

Seeking aid

August 3, 2011

For three straight years, Newton leaders have sought a 2-cent increase in the rural fire district tax levied on residents living within the 25 square miles the city's fire department serves.

And for three straight years, Catawba County officials have denied those requests.

Now, as the county seeks to renew a mutual aide fire protection agreement with fire departments countywide — an agreement that removes $2,400 those departments previously received — Newton leaders are the ones having reservations.

Newton combats 'Lover's Lane'

August 3, 2011

Newton banned parking along "Lover's Lane" near Newton-Conover High School, and some residents of the North Deal Avenue block aren't happy about it.

"I don't like it," said North Deal Avenue resident Red Reitzel.

Another resident of the street, Michael Jackson, said city officials should "leave it alone like it is," even though Newton Police says NCHS students are parking along the street to engage in drug and sexual activity.

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