October 7th, 2011
A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.
Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.
"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."
After getting a late start, Newton Recreation leaders say they worked hard to attract swimmers to the city's pool.
Those efforts produced modest results.
During summer 2011, the pool posted an average daily attendance of 32 swimmers from the general public, while 10 day camps frequented the facility during the three months it was open.
In June, attendance totaled 631, a number that includes repeat visitors. In June 2009 â€” the last summer the pool was open â€” that attendance number was 1,826.
Growing up playing tackle football, Matt Johnson was a member of the Newton Recreation 49ers.
On Thursday, he once again decided to become a 49er.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound starting quarterback for Maiden, announced that he has verbally agreed to play football for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The 49ers are starting a brand new football program in the 2013 season. Johnson and other in-coming football players will redshirt in 2012 and enter as the first official football class during the 2013 football season.
Claremont and Maiden officials yelled â€śbatter upâ€ť on Tuesday to kick off an inaugural event aimed at increasing fellowship between the municipalities.
More than 40 staff members and elected officials played in the first annual Claremont v. Maiden softball game that night in an event officials say is less about competition and more about fun.
The game stemmed from a small idea between the municipal managers, but it grew to something bigger, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Police raided two Newton homes on Thursday and found drugs, guns and more than $1,000 in cash. Authorities arrested one man in the busts and are looking for another.
The Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office worked with Lincoln County and Hickory police to serve warrants at two residences on Rhoney School Road.
Wayne Searles received a gift from the city of Newton on Thursday.
The gift even promises to help Searles save money.
Representatives from the city and ElectriCities delivered an energy-efficiency kit to Searles and his family at their home in east Newton.
"We want to help you get that power bill down," Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax said. "And if you ever have any questions, just give us a call."
Harold Duckworth electrified the minds of Startown Elementary School children Thursday.
The faces of Ahna Smith, Taylor Melkner and Leng Khang lit up as Duckworth raised the bucket on a city of Newton power truck.
"That thing was awesome when it went up," said 5-year-old Cody Lutz, pointing into the sky.
Cody's peers agreed. Dozens of children waved to Duckworth and said goodbye as he raised the bucket. Duckworth waved back and smiled.
Hedy S. Gilbert, 81, of Cardinal Health Care in Lincolnton, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Gilbert Family.
Lawyer Eades is now hailed as folk artist Eades
Robert Oren Eadesâ€™ first art show was at Hickory Museum of Art in 2006.
â€śI sold all my stuff and had fun,â€ť Eades said.
That day was pivotal â€” Eades closed his law practice and turned his attention to art â€” 3-D folk art.
As a resident of Sherrills Ford, Eades spends his days creating more folk art in 3-D.
Eades recalls a childhood of drawing and always making things.
â€śI donâ€™t recall taking art lessons,â€ť Eades said.
Bunker Hill pushed as hard as they could on the tennis court Wednesday, but Maiden refused to yield.
The Lady Blue Devils (17-2, 13-0) knocked off the Lady Bears (10-3, 14-4) for the second time this season, and in the process, clinched their third-straight conference title.
â€śIt really is quite an accomplishment,â€ť said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. â€śWhen I started here a couple of years ago, we had to start from scratch. It was tough. That first year was tough. The last three years, weâ€™ve been very fortunate.â€ť