October 27th, 2011
Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.
The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.
Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Newton City Council's Tuesday meeting has been cancelled.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
A revised meeting schedule is on file in the city clerkâs office, according to information provided by the city.
A Catawba County woman is charged with driving while impaired after a crash near the Long View community killed a father and son.
Amie Jo Skeens, 39, is also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection to the crash that happened Tuesday near the line of Catawba and Burke counties.
The crash killed Steven Moody and his 19-year-old son, Kevin, both of Connelly Springs.
Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Skeens was in a minivan that sideswiped a motorcycle and then hit the Moodys' motorcycle head-on. The people on the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries.
The Hickory soccer team capped what was amazing regular season on Wednesday during âSenior Night,â winning 1-0 against Fred T. Foard.
It was the 16th straight win for the Red Tornadoes, who finish their conference schedule undefeated at 12-0.
âThey just continue to work hard and are receptive to what we are trying to do and accomplish,â said Hickory coach Brian Jillings of his team. âWhen you keep working hard like, good things are going to happen. We have a good combination of defenders, hard-working midfielders and guys who work magic with the ball.â
Apple is clearing land in Maiden for a project it calls âSolar panel farm A.â
The company is burning and cutting down about 108 acres of land across the street from its data center, which opened earlier this year at 5977 Startown Road.
On Wednesday, after complaints from residents about smoke, Apple asked contractors at the site to chip wood rather than burn it, according to a statement from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality.
Newtonâs ghouls and goblins will flock to the 1924 Courthouse square this weekend for an event that is sure to be "Spooktacular."
Area groups will host the fourth annual Spooktacular event in downtown Newton on Saturday for children, parents and families looking to have a fun and safe Halloween.
This yearâs activities will revolve around Newtonâs downtown square from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to games, prizes and trick-or-treating, this yearâs Spooktacular will feature a costume contest.
Hugh S. Forquer, 74, of Conover, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The Forquer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger says he's not happy with the 2012-13 school calendar approved by the system's board of education this week.
"It's a terrible calendar," Barger said. "We're boxed in by the state."
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved the addition of five days to the school year. For the 2011-12 school year, the state Department of Public Instruction granted waivers to all 115 school systems to use the extra days for teacher training. Students will still attend classes 180 days this year.
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsmanâs Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
Bench was a member of the âBig Red Machineâ clubs that played in Cincinnati from 1970-1976. Those teams, which included Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Concepcion and manager George âSparkyâ Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.
The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.
A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.
Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.