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June 20th, 2011

NC passes looser gun laws

June 20, 2011

State officials recently passed a bill that gives gun owners the right to use deadly force on unlawful intruders and allows for more access to concealed firearms across the state.

Under the new bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton, citizens will be able to fire at intruders lawfully under "a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,” according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.

SBI investigates fire

June 20, 2011

State and county officials are still unsure what started the blaze that destroyed a restaurant in Sherrills Ford that is one-half mile from the closest fire station.

Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said Monday that his office, as well as the SBI Arson Team, is still investigating the blaze that wiped out the Pier 150 restaurant on N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Saturday.

Pettit didn't comment if arson is suspected, but said it is not uncommon for a SBI Arson Team to be dispatched for a commercial fire.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 20, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Callaway Mundy, 76, of Catawba, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Mundy family.

Gary Sesciel Parker, 68, of Maiden, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Parker family.  

June 18th

Fire destroys restaurant

June 18, 2011

A fire destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant early Saturday morning.

Pier 150 caught on fire at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

June 17th

Fire chief responds to 'incorrect' claims

June 17, 2011

Newton’s fire chief is denying claims that his department has “officially” stopped providing mutual aid to other areas in the county.

“We have always provided mutual aid, and we are continuing to do that today,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder. “We do still respond to mutual aid from any department who requests that from us.”

New animal shelter plans start

June 17, 2011

County commissioners have authorized a design phase for a new animal shelter, a facility that County commissioner Tom Lundy said may begin construction during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Catawba County’s current animal shelter has a capacity of 78 animals, but houses about 200 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis. Walking down the shelter’s hallways, about seven dogs are assigned to one run — numbers that shelter manager Jay Blatche said are unacceptable.

Stopping Crime Before It Starts

June 17, 2011

It’s that time of year when Catawba County families gear up for weekend getaways and extended stays at the beach. However, before leaving for vacation, don’t forget to properly secure your home.

Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert said that when it comes to break-ins, there are two types of criminals that homeowners should be aware of.

Amateurs are opportunists and take advantage of things like unlocked doors, poorly secured windows and visible cash or expensive merchandise that is easily taken away, Tolbert said.

Reunion Pageants set

June 17, 2011

Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.

As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants – the forerunner of Catawba County’s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.

The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.

Q&A with Chiefs' kicker Ryan Succop

June 17, 2011

During last week’s Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a local celebrity returned to his roots to participate in a charity golf event.

Ryan Succop, a former kicker for the Hickory Red Tornadoes and South Carolina Gamecocks, was one of a few celebrities to play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout.

Before the event got under way, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton sat down with Succop and interviewed him on a variety of topics.

Q: What has the journey been like going from Hickory High School a few years ago to the University of South Carolina and now to the NFL?

Former Indian prepares for CWS stage

June 17, 2011

After four years at the University of North Carolina, a former St. Stephens grad is preparing for the national stage.

Patrick Johnson, a former standout on the Indians’ baseball team, will take the mound at 2 p.m. Saturday, as he guides the Tarheels (50-14) against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first game of the 2011 College World Series.

Johnson said moving from a senior at St. Stephens to a freshman at UNC was a difficult transition.

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