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August 11th, 2011

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August 11, 2011

Virginia Marie Shook Gilbert, 87, of Conover passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at Carillon Assisted Living of Newton.  The Gilbert family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

William “Bill” Louis Wray, 77, of Claremont passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Wray family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Police seize coke from infant’s room

August 11, 2011

Police arrested two Newton residents who were hiding powder cocaine in a infant’s bedroom.

Authorities seized 186 grams of powder cocaine and $9,000 in cash from 911 S. Brady Ave. in Newton on Wednesday afternoon after Newton Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Hickory Police Department served a search warrant at the residence.

Newton Police Chief Don Brown said the suspects were hiding the cocaine inside an infant’s bedroom.

Teacher fired for 'inappropriate relationship with student

August 11, 2011

A Catawba County Schools middle school teacher was fired Thursday for an "inappropriate" relationship with a high school student.

Catawba County Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to terminate Mill Creek Middle School teacher Charles "Chuck" Settlemyre for six stated reasons, according to CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. All of those reasons were related to "inappropriate conversation and contact with a student," he said. The contact occurred during the spring semester of the 2010 school year, he said.

Newton Zumbas for good cause

August 11, 2011

Area citizens will step, spin and sway tonight to raise funds for a Newton child who lost her mother to multiple brain aneurysms earlier this year.

The Perfect Workout expects at least 60 people to dance in a Zumbathon tonight at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church to raise money for the child of Nina Marie Leavitt Watkins, who passed away in June from multiple brain aneurysms.

Watkins was a member of The Perfect Workout and first felt sick while working out at the gym June 6, said Perfect Workout Owner Sharon Rashidi.

Newton’s own cake boss: Tojo Bakery

August 11, 2011

Family, delicious food and more than nine years of experience all create the perfect recipe for Tojo Bakery’s success.

Barbara Tojo and her husband, George Tojo, set up shop in 2002 as a family-run bakery after originally moving to the U.S. from Cuba.

“We moved from Cuba to Miami, Florida, and lived there for three years and worked in a bakery,” Barbara said. “Then we had a friend tell us to move here (North Carolina) and we worked in a factory for a couple of years.”

While the Tojos found the job at the factory as good experience, they wanted to return to working in a bakery.

Elementary principals back dress code

August 11, 2011

A standard code of dress inches closer on the horizon for elementary students in Newton-Conover City Schools, and some of the system's principals say that's a good thing.

"As a team, we have talked about the standard code of dress, and we agree with it," said former Shuford Elementary Principal Patrick Nelson speaking on behalf of principals representing the systems elementary schools. "It works at the middle school, and it has been phenomenal. Once this is approved, we will present you with discipline results and show you this has been positive."

An Eye-opening Experience

August 11, 2011

Dr. Richard Griffin recently returned from Bolivia. Again.
Griffin, 78, was 34 when he made his first trip to Bolivia. After 44 years, he lost count of the number of times he traveled to Bolivia.
“Oh, I guess 30 trips, something like that,” Griffin answered softly.
The gentle-mannered doctor is accustomed to the hectic pace of a busy ophthalmology practice. Griffin — born and raised in Hickory — was in practice with his father for many years, the late Harold Griffin. He continued in the family practice when his father retired. Then, Griffin signed on at Graystone Ophthalmology.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11, 2011

 Sarah Green Palmer of Catawba died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Palmer family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

Katie Rohr Gouge, 61, of Newton passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. The Gouge family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

August 9th

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 9, 2011

James Lee Morgan, 51, of Newton, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at his residence.  The Morgan family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Linda Kay Flowers, 70, of Icard passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 with family by her side.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Flowers family.

Emergency groups ready for disaster

August 9, 2011

Area emergency officials were busy in the county’s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.

Catawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.

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