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October 27th, 2011

Newton City Council meeting cancelled

October 27, 2011

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 clerk’s office, according to information provided by the city.

DWI charge follows crash that killed father, son

October 27, 2011

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.

October 26th

Hickory beats Foard for 16th straight

October 26, 2011

The Hickory soccer team capped what was amazing regular season on Wednesday during “Senior Night,” 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.

“They just continue to work hard and are receptive to what we are trying to do and accomplish,” said Hickory coach Brian Jillings of his team. “When 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.”

Green Apple?

October 26, 2011

Apple is clearing land in Maiden for a project it calls “Solar panel farm A.”

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.

Newton event ‘Spooktacular’

October 26, 2011

Newton’s 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 year’s activities will revolve around Newton’s downtown square from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to games, prizes and trick-or-treating, this year’s Spooktacular will feature a costume contest.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 26, 2011

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.

Calendar constraints

October 26, 2011

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.

October 25th

Q&A with Reds HOF catcher Johnny Bench

October 25, 2011

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsman’s Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.

Bench was a member of the “Big Red Machine” 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 “Sparky” Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.

Death penalty sought

October 25, 2011

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.

Bands march into Newton

October 25, 2011

Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.

Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.

The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.

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