March 16th, 2011
James Morton Morris, 88, of Maiden, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his residence. A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Maiden City Cemetery in Maiden.
John "Jake" L. James, 88, of Conover, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels.
Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Catawba County Animal Services found more than 100 dead dogs Tuesday at the home of a beagle trainer and breeder in Maiden.
The county's animal services personnel responded to 4160 H.E. Propst Road in Maiden after receiving a call reporting dead dogs on the property. Catawba County Animal Services manager Jay Blatche said they discovered 100 beagle carcasses in different states of decomposition around the residence.
Experts say science and mathematics curricula can help stabilize economic development in Catawba County.
According to educators, business leaders and community officials at Champions of Education's breakfast meeting Wednesday, science, technology, engineering and mathematics in K-12 schools will build a better business industry in the county.
"If investments aren't made in our students, we lose that development," said Lamar Mitchell, executive director for Champions of Education.
A couple was charged Monday with manufacturing marijuana after officers saw the plants through the window of the couple's home.
Tona Marie Lail and Dustin Ray Matheson are accused of manufacturing marijuana and using their house on Lynell Street to grow the plants, according to Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies arrived Monday at 2360 Lynell Street to serve an order for arrest on Donald Ray Matheson for nonsupport.
Reid said he doesn't know how Dustin and Donald are related, but it's possible the two are brothers.
Catawba County Schools won't let a 4-year-old child bring his service dog to school. His parents say the school system is violating the Disabilities Act, and they've filed a lawsuit.
Leonel and Jennifer Silva, of Vale, filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of their adopted son, Ayden, who started a pre-kindergarten program at Mountain View Elementary School in August. When Ayden was chosen for the pre-K program, Catawba County Schools knew he was to be accompanied by a service dog.
Hours after a manhunt resumed for a suspected shooter who killed three people, police captured Everette Hewitt.
Hewitt, 32, was captured near Oxford School Road.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said investigators think Hewitt shot four people inside a mobile home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road on early Tuesday morning. Two people were left dead at the scene, and a third died at an area hospital later in the morning. One person was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Drugs are believed to be involved in the shooting, Reid said.
Tattoo artists can now ink a permanent place in the heart of Newton.
Newton City Council approved a move that will allow tattoo parlors to be established in the cityâ€™s B-3 central business district in the downtown area. With the green light, Newton residents Margaret and Jonathan Landers hope to ink a deal to buy a downtown building and establish a business that offers more than tattoos.
In leau of the Harlem Globetrotterâ€™s performance in Hickory on Sunday, Anthony â€śBucketsâ€ť Blakes discusses a variety of topics, including his early memories of watching the Globetrotters, his favorite players and his experiences with the team.
Below is what he had to say in a one-on-one interview.
Q: Growing up as a kid, were the Globetrotters something you ever got a chance to see or watch?
Three former Newton-Conover graduates were inducted into the schoolâ€™s Hall of Fame during the winter sports athletic banquet Monday.
Among those inducted were John Tate, Christi Crawford and Tim Elrod.
Tate spent more than 50 years giving various contributions to Red Devil athletics, including coaching officiating and playing.
Tate also worked at the Newton News Enterprise from 1951-1954.
Cranford was inducted for her athletic performance at the school. She finished as all-conference softball and basketball three times (1985-87) and tennis once (1986).
Population increased in Newton from 2000 to 2010, but there are more vacant homes within the city's limits.
Newton's latest resident count increased by 408 people, but those people aren't filling up all the city's vacant properties, which increased 63 percent since 2000.
Results from Newton's 2010 census revealed the city's residents increased about 3.2 percent since the last time the population count was conducted 10 years ago. The city's latest population count includes 12,968 residents.