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March 16th, 2011

CCS says no service dog allowed; family files lawsuit

March 16, 2011

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.

CAPTURED: Manhunt ends

March 16, 2011

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.

March 15th

Newton OKs tattoo parlors downtown

March 15, 2011

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 city’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.

Globetrotter 'Buckets' Blakes talks hoops, community

March 15, 2011

In leau of the Harlem Globetrotter’s performance in Hickory on Sunday, Anthony “Buckets” 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 inducted into N-C Hall of Fame

March 15, 2011

Three former Newton-Conover graduates were inducted into the school’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).

City's vacant homes increase

March 15, 2011

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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

The Rev. H. David "H.D." Shrum, 85, of Lincolnton, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at CMC-Lincoln.  Services will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Kent Cooke, 56, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at his residence.  The Cooke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

PE teacher a hall of famer

March 15, 2011

A Newton-Conover City Schools coach and teacher was inducted into the system's hall of fame Monday night, honoring the man's commitment to students and physical education.

Tim Elrod, 55, was one of three people chosen to be part of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, an honor designed to recognize excellence in and commitment to athletics. This is Elrod's 31st year as Shuford Elementary School's physical education teacher, and he coached track and field for 27 years at Newton-Conover High School.

"That's the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Elrod said. "I've been so blessed here."

Lowe resigns after 5 years at N.C. State

March 15, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Lowe has resigned after five seasons as North Carolina State men's basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the school has yet to announce Lowe's resignation.

Lowe had an 86-78 overall record, but just 25-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He inherited a program coming off five straight NCAA tournament trips, but he never finished higher than ninth in the ACC despite twice being picked to finish in the top third of the 12-team league.

UPDATE: 3 killed in home invasion

March 15, 2011

Police say they know who is responsible for an early morning shooting and robbery that left three dead and another injured.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies issued three murder warrants for Everette Proshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont. 

Hewitt remains at large, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid announced Tuesday at noon that a third person died from gunshot wounds sustained during a robbery and shooting in a mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover.

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