June 16th, 2011
Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.
"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.
"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.
Catawba County Agri-tourism Day will be held Saturday, June 18. The day offers free family fun, self-guided tour of Catawba County farms and farm-related events.
The Agri-tourism Day is made possible with funding support from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Agricultural District signs are located on farmlands where the farmers committed to preserve the agricultural way of life.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) â€” A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.
The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.
The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.
A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.
Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.
Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.
After months of speculation as to who would guide the future of the Fred T. Foard football program, the Tigers finally have their man.
Jason Phelps, who spent the past three seasons at Bartlett Yancey High School, was hired as the head football coach at Foard.
Phelps was introduced Wednesday evening in the Fred T. Foard High School cafeteria with parents and students watching in attendance.
Phelps said there were a few main reasons the Foard coaching job interested him.
Ransom is a dog â€“ a big, white dog.
At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt â€” another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.
But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.
On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane societyâ€™s new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâ€™s pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâ€™s community outreach leader.
North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.
"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.
A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary schoolâ€™s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.
The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.
Brady Ervin Moose, 71, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Moose family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Louise Sherrill Triplette, 92, of Carillon Assisted Living in Newton, formerly of Granite Falls, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Carillon, where she resided for the past year. Pendry’s Funeral home of Lenoir is serving the Triplette family.
After three rounds, 54 holes and two 19-under-par scores, it took three playoff holes to decide this yearâ€™s Greater Hickory Classic champion.
Mark Wiebe, a resident of Denver, Colo., defeated James Mason in the third playoff hole Sunday to claim the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic championship and the $262,500 winnerâ€™s prize.
The victory by Wiebe breaks a 77-tournament losing streak.
â€śI didnâ€™t know it had been 77 tournaments since Iâ€™ve won,â€ť Wiebe said. â€śThat was kind of a bummer to know. Iâ€™m tickled to have busted that drought.â€ť