February 9th, 2011
River Bend Middle School students started an awards assembly Wednesday sitting quietly in their seats.
But by the end of the assembly, most students and teachers were out of their seats, singing, laughing and dancing to music.
Unknowing students attended what they thought was an awards assembly, only to be surprised with an "flash mob," where students and teachers, dispersed randomly throughout the audience, performed choreographed dance moves and sang.
William “Bill” Monroe Smith, 64, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
John Fredrick “Fred” Thompson, 87, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Thompson family.
Residents driving around Newton on Wednesday might have noticed police cars from several agencies driving throughout the city.
Police officers from Valdese, Boiling Springs, Boone and many other agencies in western North Carolina were in Newton for radar training activities.
Officers are expected to continue the training for a couple days, and residents can expect to see the police officers and their vehicles throughout the city.
The man charged with being intoxicated during a fatal collision had a pending DWI at the time of the crash.
Brian Todd Hieb, 43, of Sherrills Ford, was allegedly drunk when his pickup truck crashed into another vehicle Tuesday, killing Sandra Fay Campbell, 50, of Denver, instantly.
North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper C.M. Trouille, who investigated the crash, said Hieb has a pending DWI charge in Watauga County stemming from an incident in August 2010.
Tuesdayâ€™s game was a special delivery for the Bunker Hill basketball team.
Postman Walker Mehl scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead Bunker Hill to a critical conference victory over Maiden on Senior night.
The win keeps the Bears (12-11, 6-7) in the fifth spot in the Catawba Valley 2A and two games ahead of South Iredell.
Calvin Joseph “Joey” Robison Jr., 36, of Newton, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at his residence. The Robison family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Wayne Brevard Whitesides, 59, of Lincolnton, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Living Word Pentecostal Holiness Church in Maiden.
Newton residents with a debit or credit card may soon be able to pay their utility bills online and in person. That convenience, however, will come at a price for customers.
"We are hearing it more and more â€” customers want to pay with electronic transfer," said Newton Finance Director Serina Hinson.
Newton City Council gave Hinson the green light to seek proposals from vendors that can provide online bill payment through a link to the city's website.
What was once the Dale Jarrett building on U.S. 70 could have a new future as a facility that provides care for the Hickory Metro's aging population.
Programs for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are Medicare programs for adults ages 55 and older living with disabilities. Area officials want to use the former Dale Jarrett building in Hickory to house PACE and improve accessibility to services for Catawba County's aging population.
PACE is designed to reduce the cost burden to the elderly, many of whom struggle to make ends meet because of increasing health care costs.
Area florists are preparing for what they call one of their busiest days of the year â€” Valentine's Day.
For most people, the day of love is about flowers, cards and stuffed animals for the ones they love, but for Catawba County's florists, Valentine's Day represents days of hard work and preparation.
Newton Fire Department's resources were strained Monday night after firefighters were called to two structure fires in slightly more than an hour.
Monday's two structure fires in 63 minutes are part of a larger trend this year for Newton Fire Department. Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said structure fires are more common in the winter, but the department has recently noticed more fires occurring on the same day at about the same time.
"When it rains, it pours," Yoder said.