October 26th, 2011
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.
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.
Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.
As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.
"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.
Kenneth John Kuhar, 41, of Newton, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The Kuhar family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Pauline “Polly” Y. Cloninger, 93, of Claremont, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cloninger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.
The churchâs century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuaryâs brick-and-mortar frame.
âColumns were falling down and there wasnât any concrete left in the walls,â said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.
âIt didnât look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.â
The church demanded a fix â and fast â before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.