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May 24th, 2011

Wolfe recieves Rotary's top honor

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.

"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."

Car drives through Little Pigs

May 24, 2011

Lunch never came for customers at Little Pigs Barbecue on Tuesday after a woman drove her car through the building's exterior brick walls.

"I'd thought a bomb had gone off," said Esther Martin, 78, of Newton, who was waiting on a hot dog and iced tea when the car came barreling through the building. "I didn't even get to eat lunch."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 24, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Larson Brantley, 92, of Newton, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Brian Center in Viewmont.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.

Mary Ina Yoder Parker, 85, of Conway, S.C., formerly of Newton, passed away May 23, 2011, at Agape Senior of Conway.  Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Parker family.

New school schedule hits Maiden district

May 24, 2011

Parents, students and faculty in the Maiden Feeder District will have a new school schedule starting in August.

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved a revised start and end time schedule. The new schedule will affect Maiden, Tuttle and Startown elementary schools, Maiden Middle School and Maiden High School.

Startown Elementary Principal Barbara Bell presented a proposal to board members Monday on behalf of the feeder district to change the start and end times for each school. The time change affects vary at each school from 5 minutes lost to a 20-minute difference.

NASCAR inducts second hall of fame class

May 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE (AP) — There was shock, maybe even outrage, when David Pearson didn't make the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

If Pearson felt slighted, he never said.

Pearson made the wait worth it Monday night, headlining the inauguration of the five-member second class. As he did last year, when he was passed over for induction, Pearson called on the voting panel to elect NASCAR's pioneers before anyone else.

"I'm being honest, none of us should be in it," Pearson said, throwing his support behind the likes of Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks and Ray Fox.

May 23rd

Red Devils repeat as 2A tennis champs

May 23, 2011

After 24 wins and a fifth straight state 2A title match appearance, the Red Devils would not be denied.

Newton-Conover (25-2) stormed to its second straight 2A dual team state championship in Burlington on Saturday, marking the first time a team repeated as a state champion in school history.

DA gets help with new law

May 23, 2011

The local district attorney's office is using the help of state representatives to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a felony in North Carolina.

State representatives Tim Moore and Mark Hilton are currently drafting a bill in partnership with Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither that will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a Class C felony.

"I certainly would hope and believe that this bill will receive a lot of support," Moore said.

Moore said he was contacted by the district attorney's office about the bill.

Storm drain box failure causes sinkhole

May 23, 2011

Hickory Public Utilities crews and state-hired contractors say the cause of a U.S. 70 sinkhole is a storm drain junction box failure.

The sinkhole, which happened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, closed traffic between Chili's and Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley. Crews worked Friday and Saturday to stabilize the hole, repair the damaged infrastructure and install a new junction box.

The existing storm drain under U.S. 70 SE is damaged, and N.C. Department of Transportation will contract to bore a new storm drain crossover pipe in the coming days. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 23, 2011

Harvey Lee Teague, 75, of Claremont, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Teague family.

Daisy Queen Smyre, 90, of Newton, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton.  The  Smrye family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

'Pendulum Swings' draws crowd

May 23, 2011

Area residents flocked to the Carolina Theater in Hickory on Sunday for a screening of the area-filmed movie "Pendulum Swings."

The film, shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was shot in 86 different locations in North Carolina, including Newton, Conover, Hickory, Morganton and Statesville, among others.

"It's not often that you get to go to see a film that was shot locally and also get to meet some of the actors," said "Pendulum Swings" Director Bill Rahn.

Rahn, who lives in Morganton, was at the Carolina Theater on Sunday along with Reginald Blunt, an actor from the film.

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