September 7th, 2011
These arenâ€™t your granddadâ€™s train sets.
The nationâ€™s top train and landscape modelers are descending on Hickory this weekend for the 31st annual National Narrow Gauge Convention.
Event planners say the convention will bring more than 2,000 people to the Hickory area, and four area hotels are already full.
It is the first time the annual convention has been held in the southeast and world-renowned modelers will have large- and small-scale layouts for the public to view, said Matt Bumgarner, secretary of the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Conover moved forward this week with financial commitments that may help create nearly 100 new jobs in the next several years. In exchange, the city will spend up to $181,000 of its money and a $750,000 grant on economic development projects at LEE Industries Inc. and Dalco Nonwovens.
City of Newton offers free wireless Internet access in downtown area, public parks and city facilities.
Breakout box: Access City of Newton Free: Anyone using a computer or smart phone that has a wireless Internet adapter can access the network. Users must first acknowledge the city's Internet policy, then Internet access is free. The network is a secure network.
The city of Newton is getting hot, hot, hot.
Jacobs Fork Park is a hotspot, and so is the city pool. City hall is hot, and, in fact, the downtown Newton business district is one of the hottest spots in the city.
Allen Fielder Houck, 78, of Maiden, died Sept. 7, 2011 at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Houck family.
Fred Long Drum, 92, of East Maiden Road in Maiden, passed away Wednesday, Sept.7, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Sherrills Ford. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Drum Family.
A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.
No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.
Newton-Conover continued its great play on the volleyball court Tuesday against Bunker Hill.
The Lady Red Devils (6-1, 3-0) won their third-straight conference match, knocking off the Lady Bears in three games at home, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.
â€śThey swung at us,â€ť said N-C coach Linda Richards. â€śBunker Hill was aggressive and played hard.â€ť
Corbin Evans led the way for Newton-Conover with nine kills and seven aces.
Evans explained why her team has been successful.
North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a â€śburdenâ€ť and complicate years of â€śgood planning.â€ť
During this yearâ€™s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.
A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.
The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.
Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his clientâ€™s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.
Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-oldÂ girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.
On Tuesday, Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his clientâ€™s case.
Joyce Ann Huffman Campbell, 58, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Services in Granite Falls is serving the family.
John Franklin Witherspoon, 73, of Denver, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Wexford Senior Living in Denver.
The memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Newton