June 13th, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” President Barack Obama promoted job creation Monday in politically important North Carolina, trying to assure Americans he's focused on their No. 1 concern â€” and his greatest political weakness â€” as his potential GOP presidential opponents prepared to target his economic policies in their first major debate.
The city of Newton swimming pool officially opened Monday and area citizens came out to tan, play and beat the heat.
The pool is scheduled to remain open through Aug. 14.
n the photo, Dylan Carroll,13, of Newton, takes a ride on one of two slides the pool offers.
Public swimming will be available Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $1 for children ages 0-5, $2 for ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 6-17, and $4 for adults ages 18-61.
Area police leaders say a local initiative to stop violent crimes is seeing positive results.
Since the Catawba County Gang Initiative began last month, none of the participants involved in the program have re-offended.
â€śI consider it a great success because our ultimate goal is to have these folks not re-offend,â€ť said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. â€śIf we donâ€™t hear from them again, and they donâ€™t re-offend, then itâ€™s a success.â€ť
When people think of Dale Jarrett, NASCAR immediately comes to mind.
The former stock car driver and current ESPN broadcaster racked up a long list of trophies throughout his career, including the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and three Daytona 500 trophies. Jarrett, the son of NASCAR legend Ned Jarrett, won an additional 43 times on the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series combined.
But area citizens may soon start associating the Catawba County native with a completely different organization â€” Hospice.
While some things change, some remain the same.
Bob Tway, who held the lead after the first day of the Greater Hickory Classic with a 9-under-par round, continues to lead the tournament by one stroke. He fired a 5-under-par second round to put him in the lead at 14-under-par.
Despite a large tie for second place yesterday, Tommy Armour III is in sole possession of second. He is one stroke behind Tway at 13-under-par.
Itâ€™s a tightly-contested field after one day of play at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole of Fridayâ€™s first round to take a one stroke lead over five other players. Among those in second place are Mike Goodes, Tommy Armour III, Joe Ozaki and Mike Wiebe. Each holed a round of 8-under-par.
Twayâ€™s first round included six birdies on holes 7-13, which put him in a tie for the lead. A birdie on No. 13 gave him the outright lead for the first time, but he surrendered the lead when he bogeyed on No. 14.
Cathy Keener was in the Mountain View Baptist Church Office when she heard the loudest noise of her life.
â€śIt hit so hard and came and went so fast,â€ť said Keener, the administrative assistant at Mountain View. â€śIt was the loudest thing Iâ€™ve ever heard.â€ť
After hearing the â€śboom,â€ť Keener rushed outside to find Mountain Viewâ€™s 28-foot steeple lying on the ground.
Strong winds ripped through Catawba County on Thursday afternoon, tearing down Mountain Viewâ€™s steeple and knocking over trees throughout the area.
The smooth and laid-back sounds of Sentimental Journey forced Monteen Hooker out of her seat.
The Sherrills Ford native and Seniors Morning Out veteran slowly waltzed and whirled to the center of Bethlehem United Methodist Churchâ€™s Fellowship Hall, not paying any attention to her fellow 75 or so senior citizens sitting at tables in front of her.
To the slow jazz tunes, she danced. She danced and was happy â€” an emotion she said she experiences because of her involvement with the Seniorsâ€™ Morning Out program.
A new Christian church is convening in Newton-Conover Auditorium, and as it does, it combines a comfortable worship with cutting edge technology, while also providing a firmer foundation for the facility and the faithful.
Offering its first services Easter Sunday, The Cove Church established a new Catawba County home in Newton-Conover Auditorium. Guided by a site pastor who shepherds his local flock, the growing regional church offers a relaxed worship setting that connects with a broader community of faith thanks to the power of the Internet.
Catawba County high schools have started graduation exercises.
Students from Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover Health Science high schools.
Ceremonies continue Friday and into the weekend.
Maiden: Friday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Newton Conover: Friday, 8 p.m., Newton-Conover High School.
Fred T. Foard: Saturday, 10 a.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Bandys: Saturday, 2 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
St. Stephens: Saturday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College