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Phony officer searches home

December 28, 2010

A man posing as a law enforcement officer gained access into a Newton home under the pretense of making an arrest.
The man, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and dark pants with a stripe down the leg, arrived at 1100 Aunt Hill Drive in Newton about 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Brian Timothy Sipe, 26, who lives at the residence, answered the door to find the man standing on the property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The man had a gun at his side, and his clothes looked like a police uniform, Reid said.

Auto repair runs in the family

December 28, 2010

Michael Norris just wants to fix cars.

And apparently, that desire is a genetic trait passed on from generation to generation.

Norris, 28, of Maiden, is a third-generation member of the automotive repair industry. His father and grandfather worked in auto-body repair, and now Norris has his own auto-mechanical repair store, Norris Auto Clinic, in Newton.

Just as Norris has a history in the automotive industry, so does the building he works in. Norris' grandfather, Red Norris, operated his auto-body business in a building next-door, which is now Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 28, 2010

Marvin D. Krueger, of Conover, entered his heavenly home Dec. 27, 2010. The Krueger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Kimberly Wise, 51, of Hickory, passed away Dec. 25, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Catawba Funerals & Cremations are providing professional services to the Wise family.

Raw sewage spills in Conover

December 28, 2010

Conover cleans up after sewage spill Christmas Eve.
The spill happened on Keisler Road near a Conover Pump Station. Debris caused about 4,500 gallons of raw sewage to overflow at a manhole in Conover.
The sewage entered a tributary of McLin Creek, which flows into the Catawba River.

December 27th

Car crashes into Hickory house

December 27, 2010

A Hickory man was charged with driving while impaired Monday after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a Mountain View residence.

Michael Dawson Keever, 58, of Hickory, was traveling east on Bethel Church Road at 8:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.

CV Classic starts Tuesday after delay

December 27, 2010

After a one-day delay because of snow in the area, the Catawba Valley Classic will begin today at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.

Both the boy's and girl's tournaments were postponed until Tuesday because of heavy snow received during the Christmas holiday.

Despite the move, start times for games will remain the same. Action in the girl's tournament starts at 4 p.m. at Hickory High School when No. 4 Fred T. Foard (5-3) takes on No. 5 Alexander Central (4-4).

Devils take Duals, ready for Burke

December 27, 2010

What has been a strong season already for the Newton-Conover wrestling squad will continue Thursday when they compete at the all-day East Burke Duals.

The Red Devils are coming off of an impressive 5-0 record from last Thursday's nine-team home tournament – the Red Devil Duals – despite starting five freshmen. The squad picked up victories against RS Central (49-16), Hibriten (69-6), Challenger (82-0) and Enka (49-18).

Merchants report steady sales

December 27, 2010

Christmas is over, but shopping hasn't stopped.

Area businesses say Christmas shopping didn't decline this year, echoing national consumer reports that claim holiday shopping increased this year.

"We had some really good sales this year, so I think that drew people in," said Peggy Carter, who works at Shops on Main in Conover.

The store has been open about five years, and Carter said this year was busy.

Mary Hudson, of Taylorsville, came to browse the store Monday. The weekend's winter weather, she said, didn't deter her from hitting stores.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 27, 2010

Irene Baker Campbell, 85, of Newton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels. The Campbell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Robert Henry Nichols, 86, of Conover, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Nichols family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Snow clean-up runs smoothly

December 27, 2010

The weekend's snow gave county residents a white Christmas, but it also gave them potentially treacherous travel conditions.

State and local crews forfeited their Christmas breaks this weekend to spend Saturday and Sunday clearing and preparing roadways for motorists.

Public works crews and emergency responders, however, had few difficulties.

"It was very uneventful for that much snow," said Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, of the county's requests for emergency services during the winter weather. "I think the timing was good."

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