August 15th, 2011
Catawba County leaders say a newly opened biodiesel research facility will attract more business to the area, save money on fuel and reduce the areaâs carbon footprint. State leaders call it a âmodel for the future.â
â¨But the largest attribute of the facility may be the collaboration between big groups â something federal, state and local leaders all agree is necessary for positive change.
â¨â¨â¨Austin Frye says drug abuse in high school has changed.
â¨A rising junior at Newton-Conover High School, Frye said teens are going beyond âsmoking potâ and are experimenting with drugs found in nearly every household â prescription medications.
â¨âI have all these friends at high school doing these pills,â Frye said.
âThere are a lot of drugs and a lot of pills. They are smoking cigarettes and trying prescription drugs.â
One worker was taken to the hospital on Monday after a machine caught on fire in a Newton manufacturing facility.
Fire officials say a dotting machine caught on fire on the third floor of Carolina Specialty Fabrics in Newton, and one employee was taken to the hospital after inhaling too much smoke. A dotting machine is used to put traction material on fabrics used for gloves, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
The lights of high school football glistening at Newton-Conoverâs Gurley Stadium for the FCA Jamboree on Friday.
The Jamboree featured two games, including two Catawba County teams in action. St. Stephens took on North Lincoln in the opening game, followed by Newton-Conover taking on Hibriten.
Featured at the event were two 15-minute periods, two 10-minute periods and one 40-minute continuous scrimmage period between each of the two teams.
Marguerite Collins Mitchell, 95, of Abernethy Laurels, Newton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. The Mitchell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Clayton Larry Mooneyham, 62 of Hickory passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at his residence. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Clayton Larry Mooneyham.
With a new school year set to begin soon, Newton-Conover City Schools leaders are already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 school year.
That's when the school system's new $20.8 million middle school will officially open to students. While the school won't officially open until August 2012, system officials said this week it should be complete well before then.
â¨If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
â¨Thatâs what authorities are telling area residents about mail scams that are costing some Catawba County residents money and personal security.
â¨The scams mostly come in the form delivery and electronic mail, authorities say, and they can give thieves access to personal bank information if not handled properly.
â¨Tammy G. Sigmon, of Claremont, received a check in the mail through FedEx this week for $3,000. The check was supposedly sent through Key Bank NA in Brooklyn, Ohio from WakeFern Food Corp. in New Jersey.
With piano-playing hogs, a horse-naming competition and a star-studded music lineup, this yearâs Hickory American Legion Fair is all about the kids, fair officials announced Friday.
The 98th edition of the annual fair is going âhog wildâ in 2011, and officials said they are putting an emphasis on promoting agriculture this year. The fair will last from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
Part of the âhog wildâ theme includes actual hogs as well. This year, the fair has booked performing pigs that dance and play music.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) â Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he has been told by coach Ron Rivera that he'll start Saturday night's preseason home opener against the New York Giants.
Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, will likely be the first quarterback off the bench.
That's not a big surprise considering Clausen has been getting all of the reps with the first-team offense.
One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.
Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs â one in the second, seventh and eighth â on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.
A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdadsâ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.