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July 27th, 2011

Maiden project to affect traffic, water

July 27, 2011

A plan to replace a 75-year-old water line in Maiden will affect traffic in coming months, but town officials say the impact will be as minimal as possible.

Maiden’s Main Street Waterline Replacement Project will replace one of the oldest water lines in the town as well as relocate a new water line out of the road. Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms said the old water line has had several breaks over the past few years. Buildup inside the pipe has caused the problem, he said.

July 26th

Windows to a new world

July 26, 2011

Before this summer, Snow Creek Elementary School’s library had blank, white walls.

Thanks to five Hickory High School (HHS) girls and Snow Creek media coordinator, Ellen Sigmon, windows have opened up in the library, literally.

“Since there aren’t windows, I thought it would be neat to have murals fill the blank space in the library,” Sigmon said. “I was talking to Caroline (Sigmon’s daughter) about it and she wanted to do one.”

No change coming

July 26, 2011

Voting districts in the Newton-Conover City Schools system will remain unchanged for the next 10 years.

As a result, about 50 homes — 112 citizens — will remain in the Conover district, while the population of the Newton voting district will remain slightly smaller than its counterpart in the school system.

Despite the slight size difference, the school system will be within population sizes outlined in the state election statues.

Police ID shotgun robber

July 26, 2011

Police have identified the man who robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday with a sawed-off shotgun.

Conover Police issued a warrant for Freddy Soots, 32, of Whiteville, with robbery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday and are searching for the suspect.

Police say Soots walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of a duffle bag and demanding money.

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 26, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

July 25th

Man killed in motorcyle crash

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.

Trooper R.E. Raper reported that Brittain was driving his 2006 motorcycle north on Heavner Road approaching the intersection of N.C. 10 West, about 10 miles West of Newton.

Colorful Culture

July 25, 2011

Performers from Guadeloupe dance around a stage at the SALT block on Sunday during the 2011 Folkmoot Festival in Hickory. Performers from Burundi, China and Guadeloupe displayed their culture's different music and dances on Sunday as well as their vibrant and colorful attire. Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance.

Warriors have their way

July 25, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets dream of finally beating the rival Iredell Warriors on Saturday turned out to be a nightmare.

Turnovers plagued the Hornets (2-1) in their first loss of the season to the Warriors (1-2). The team trailed in the game 21-0 after two straight possessions ended in turnovers.

A quick interception thrown by Hornets’ quarterback Jamelle Jeffries a few minutes into the game gave the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.

Iredell’s Cam Simpson scored on a two-yard run to cap the drive, and the extra-point kick by Steve Mann was good.

NCDOT quells concerns over N.C. 16

July 25, 2011

Emergency responders and business owners came to a meeting with the NCDOT with concerns on Monday, but left feeling a lot better after hearing explanations and potential changes to the N.C. 16 widening project.

State officials came to Catawba County on Monday to try and quell public concern about a controversial plan to widen a portion of N.C. 16 in eastern Catawba County.

Man robs Smokes Unlimited with shotgun

July 25, 2011

A man robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday after holding the store clerk and her husband at gunpoint with a sawed-off shotgun.

Police say a man carrying a duffle bag walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of the bag and demanding money.

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