June 17th, 2011
Newtonâ€™s fire chief is denying claims that his department has â€śofficiallyâ€ť stopped providing mutual aid to other areas in the county.
â€śWe have always provided mutual aid, and we are continuing to do that today,â€ť said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder. â€śWe do still respond to mutual aid from any department who requests that from us.â€ť
County commissioners have authorized a design phase for a new animal shelter, a facility that County commissioner Tom Lundy said may begin construction during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Catawba Countyâ€™s current animal shelter has a capacity of 78 animals, but houses about 200 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis. Walking down the shelterâ€™s hallways, about seven dogs are assigned to one run â€” numbers that shelter manager Jay Blatche said are unacceptable.
Itâ€™s that time of year when Catawba County families gear up for weekend getaways and extended stays at the beach. However, before leaving for vacation, donâ€™t forget to properly secure your home.
Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert said that when it comes to break-ins, there are two types of criminals that homeowners should be aware of.
Amateurs are opportunists and take advantage of things like unlocked doors, poorly secured windows and visible cash or expensive merchandise that is easily taken away, Tolbert said.
Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.
As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants â€“ the forerunner of Catawba Countyâ€™s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.
The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.
During last weekâ€™s Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a local celebrity returned to his roots to participate in a charity golf event.
Ryan Succop, a former kicker for the Hickory Red Tornadoes and South Carolina Gamecocks, was one of a few celebrities to play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout.
Before the event got under way, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton sat down with Succop and interviewed him on a variety of topics.
Q: What has the journey been like going from Hickory High School a few years ago to the University of South Carolina and now to the NFL?
After four years at the University of North Carolina, a former St. Stephens grad is preparing for the national stage.
Patrick Johnson, a former standout on the Indiansâ€™ baseball team, will take the mound at 2 p.m. Saturday, as he guides the Tarheels (50-14) against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first game of the 2011 College World Series.
Johnson said moving from a senior at St. Stephens to a freshman at UNC was a difficult transition.
Several citizens voiced concern Thursday about a Catawba County development plan that will prompt more industrial business in rural and residential areas.
County planners unveiled new plans for the Eco-Tech Development initiative Thursday evening that will seek to expand upon the â€śnoticeable activityâ€ť around the U.S. 321 corridor. That noticeable activity refers to the Target Distribution Center, Apple Data Center and County Eco-Complex all constructed around the U.S. 321 corridor within the last five years.
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâ€™s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâ€™s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
â€śYou got to have patience,â€ť he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. â€śYou just have to wait.â€ť
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.
Ralph Arlie Rudisill, affectionately know as “Papa Moose,” 80, formerly of Claremont and Brian Center in Hickory, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Rudisill family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Gordon Arnold Beal, 69, of Maiden, passed away at his residence Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
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.