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August 3rd, 2011

Newton combats 'Lover's Lane'

August 3, 2011

Newton banned parking along "Lover's Lane" near Newton-Conover High School, and some residents of the North Deal Avenue block aren't happy about it.

"I don't like it," said North Deal Avenue resident Red Reitzel.

Another resident of the street, Michael Jackson, said city officials should "leave it alone like it is," even though Newton Police says NCHS students are parking along the street to engage in drug and sexual activity.

August 2nd

Vale motorcyclist clings to life

August 2, 2011

A Vale man is in serious condition after his motorcycle crashed into steel cable dividing the median on U.S. 321.

N.C. Highway Patrol reports Noah Lopez, 23, of Vale, was driving his Buell motorcycle south on U.S. 321 at about 5 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control and ran off the road into the median near the River Road exit. His motorcycle then slammed into steel cables that divide the median.

Painting for a lifetime

August 2, 2011

Arie Taylor was in elementary school the first time she tried her hand at painting. She was a fourth-grader at Banoak School in rural Catawba County and was immediately enthralled by the simple fun of making a blank canvas glow.

“I thought it was fun; every single thing about it was fun,” Taylor said.

Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, art supplies were hard to come by, and Taylor said her newly found passion was shortly put on hold due to a lack of available supplies.

“There was nowhere around here then that sold art supplies,” Taylor said.

Conover opposes energy rate request

August 2, 2011

Area municipal governments are saying a proposed rate increase by Duke Energy would be “unpalatable” during tough economic times.

Duke Energy Carolinas provides power to many residents in Catawba County, and the company is asking the N.C. Utilities Commission for about a 15 percent average increase in electricity rates.

The city of Conover passed a resolution Monday that voices opposition to a proposed electricity rate increase by Duke Energy, which provides to city residents, as well as the city itself.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 2, 2011

Ray Eugene Huffman, age 81, of Newton passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. 

Yates Edward Deal, 68, of Claremont passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Deal family.

Breaking: Obama signs debt bill

August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.

Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.

August 1st

Venue change approved

August 1, 2011

Elisa Baker’s jury will not be from Catawba County, but it is still unclear where her trials will be held.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a change of venue request Monday that was submitted by Elisa’s attorney, Scott Reilly, last month.

Historic bridge strengthens security

August 1, 2011

The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge has been plagued with vandalism in recent years, but a national grant should help officials better protect the historic Catawba County landmark.

The county’s historical association will receive about $179,425 from the National Covered Bridge Preservation Program to enhance security at the bridge located in Claremont. The historical association must match the grant with up to $43,000 in locally raised funds, said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association.

Hornets rush for 410 yards, win third game

August 1, 2011

For the Catawba County Hornets, the strongest storm came after their game on Saturday.

The Hornets (3-1) scored 28 straight points against the Virginia Storm on their way to a 44-14 victory in the Central Carolinas Football League — the team’s third league win of the season.

The win comes one week after a frustrating 38-14 home loss to the Iredell Warriors, in which the Hornets’ turnovers and lack of scoring doomed them. Neither of those happened Saturday.

Newton leaders return to 'Lovers' Lane'

August 1, 2011

Newton leaders are going back to "Lovers' Lane," and they may break a few high school hearts when they get there.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Newton City Council will revisit a request to ban parking along North Deal Avenue during school hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In July, Newton Police Department asked leaders to prohibit parking along the street which is adjacent to Newton-Conover High School. The request came after complaints from NCHS officials, who said high school students were parking there and possibly engaging in sexual activity an deal drugs.

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