February 10th, 2011
Police are connecting a string of multi-county business break-ins involving thieves who disarm alarm systems before stealing money safes.
Law enforcement officials have suspects in the break-ins, and they say those suspects are professional thieves who were arrested in the past for similar crimes.
Break-ins at Dollar General stores in Claremont and Conover were reported in the past several weeks, which led police to think those break-ins are related to a string of similar crimes in Burke and Caldwell counties.
A Germany-based medical supply manufacturing company has 113,955 more reasons to continue operating its business in Newton.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners approved an economic incentive package for Sarstedt Inc., which makes science and medical instruments at a facility on St. James Church Road in Newton.
The recently approved county incentives come in addition to incentives from the city of Newton in the anticipation that the company will create a new county investment of $14.2 million, as well as 20 new jobs.
Catawba County gun-purchase permits and concealed-carry applications decreased in 2010 after hitting a 10-year high in 2009.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reported 2,781 gun-purchase permits in 2010, which represents an 18 percent decline since permits spiked at 3,413 in 2009. The sheriff's office also reported a 29 percent decrease in concealed-carry applications from 2009 to 2010.
Glenn “G.C.” Lee Jr., 66, of Newton, went to his heavenly home Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Lee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Kenneth Lee Abernethy, 79, of Newton, passed away Feb. 9, 2011, at his residence. Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church.
For the folks at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office, there isn’t a day more romantic or special than Valentine’s Day.
Traditionally a day for weddings, many couples decide to marry on Valentine’s Day.
For the fifth consecutive year, couples will exchange wedding vows at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office.
And then there were three.
After Tuesdayâ€™s State Team Dual tournament opening rounds, only three area teams remain in the hunt for a state championship.
St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard survived in the 3A, while Newton-Conover was the lone team in 2A to make it through.
The added benefit for these teams is that they face different circumstances than their opening contests. Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard both host matches on Thursday.
St. Stephens will travel, but it will be a much shorter distance, as they head to Foard for their third and fourth round competition.
Several Claremont residents took on the responsibility of keeping the city clean by adopting a street.
Four groups chose to adopt city streets and keep them clear of trash as part of Claremont's Adopt-a-Street program. Claremont City Council presented those groups with signs Tuesday at the council's February meeting.
"We put this program together to help people get more involved in picking up litter," said Henry Helton, of the city's recreation department.
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.