February 17th, 2011
Catawba County residents enjoyed warm, clear weather for the previous week, but that good weather could come at a cost.
On Thursday, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources listed Catawba County as one of 27 North Carolina counties under moderate drought conditions, and continued warm, dry weather could only worsen those conditions.
The National Weather Service forecasts no rain and partially sunny conditions for Newton and the surrounding area during the next seven days. High temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 60s and low 70s.
Sipping coffee, she sits in her breakfast room. She opens her blinds, and she observes. With observation comes an appreciation, and with an appreciation comes a unique outlook — an eagerness to travel, a desire to express, a yearning to create. Framed by vision and perception, she recreates memories, experiences and time. She inspires, she instructs, and she impresses. This is her journey.
When it comes to obtaining city services for new homes or rental residences, one Newton landlord says the city's policies aren't fair.
"To get services from the city, you have to pay for all of them. You can't just have electricity, water, sewer or solid waste pick-up â€”Â you have to have all of them or you can't get any," said Newton resident Tom Dixon.
Further every city water customer is billed for at least 3,000 gallons of water usage, regardless of how much water they actually consume.
A portion of U.S. 321 was closed for the second time in three days Thursday after crashes downed power lines between Newton and Maiden.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed U.S. 321 Business starting at Prison Camp Road just south of Newton after a truck crashed into a power pole about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Tabet said Stephen Bates, 58, of Newton, was traveling northbound near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business when his Ford F-150 truck went left of center and crashed into a city of Maiden power pole.
Both directions of a Catawba County highway are closed Thursday after a car crash.
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a truck crashed into power lines near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
A portion of U.S. 321 Business was closed in both directions. North Carolina Department of Transporation crews set up detours for motorists.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol gave area students an inside look at what it takes to be a trooper, hoping to encourage students to join the patrol in the coming years.
Newton-Conover Middle School students arrived at NCSHP's Troop F headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton to hear a presentation about the patrol and tour its facilities.
"We need troopers, and we're going to need troopers in the next 10 years," said Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Phillips. "... Our mission is to protect the people of North Carolina."
For the second time in three games, the Lady Red Devils and Lady Warriors faced off.
Unfortunately for West Caldwell, it was the same result.
Newton-Conover (21-2) scored 38 straight points on their way to a dominant Catawba Valley Athletic Conference semifinal win against West Caldwell.
The Lady Red Devils made up for a lack on intensity that coach Jonathan Tharpe saw in their opening round victory against Bunker Hill on Monday.
Catawba leaders are developing strategies to increase revenue and market the town as a place where people want to live, work and spend their money.
Town council members met with town manager Brian Barnett on Tuesday to discuss the town's upcoming budget process for the next fiscal year, which leaders hope will start closing the projected gap between the town's revenues and expenditures.
Hickory Police learned the identity of a man who fled from a car before it was struck by a train near Union Square last weekend.
Dontea Kennedy, 21, of Maiden, allegedly got out of a 2010 Dodge Challenger early Sunday morning and fled on foot before a train collided with the car, injuring one of the passengers. Police didn't know Kennedy's identity at the time of the crash, only that there was a fourth male in the car.
For Catawba County school counselors, assisting students isn't about simply sitting down and talking about their feelings.
Counselors in the school system try to ensure every student has the emotional and mental support they need to learn on a daily basis.
Officials from Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools said these positions are vital in the school system, especially during times when economic woes impact students, as well as their parents.