September 14th, 2010
Dreams for a newly renovated fire department and town hall in Catawba went up in smoke Monday.
Catawba Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to postpone its town hall and fire department construction projects indefinitely.
âI think weâve all determined that we canât afford to do this project without a tax increase, and no one wants that,â said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. âThe only way we have to pay for it is the taxes; thatâs all weâve got.â
Hundreds of people received a free, Southern breakfast on the go Tuesday.
Midstate Mills in Newton celebrated the companyâs first Southern Biscuit Day on Tuesday with free biscuits in downtown Newton.
âWe were brainstorming one day, and we said, âHey, wouldnât it be great to have a biscuit day in Newton?ââ said Steve Arndt, Midstate Mills vice president and chief sales/marketing officer.
Midstate Mills employees and volunteers gave away more than 500 free biscuits by 10 a.m., just three hours after the distribution started.
Summer is almost over, but Amanda Burkeâs grandchildren havenât spent much time outdoors.
Burke said mosquitoes, rats, snakes and other pests from an unmaintained lot beside her fatherâs house on 110 N. Fourth Ave. in Maiden prevent her family from going outside and enjoying the warm weather.
âIf it would have been kept up, it wouldnât have gotten this bad,â Burke said.
Burkeâs grandchildren, ages 4, 2 and 6 months, come back inside with numerous mosquito bites every time they go outside.
Bruce Gragg, 79, of Newton, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the church. The interment will be at New Hopewell Baptist Church in Avery County on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.
Gary Wayne Laws, 62, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Laws family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Combine a California business, two brothers and a husband and wife, along with artistic talent by the truckloads and you have Down to Hear Studios.
Brothers Michael and David French moved to Hickory two years ago from Burbank, Calif., and the heart of of "studio city," where every street corner had a music studio for artists. However, the brothers found a different discovery in Hickory.
Three men accused of first-degree rape and other charges had their cases continued in court last week.
Eddy Fernando Barrios-Ortiz, Milion Estuardo Barrios-Ortiz and Carlos Andreas Corenza Zeledon, all of Hickory, are charged with first-degree rape, robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident that occurred in January.
They were scheduled to appear in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court last week.
The Barrios-Ortiz brothersâ cases were continued to Oct. 4, and Zeledonâs case was continued to Dec. 6.
Good research is key in preventing scams from phony locksmiths.
Less than one month after a network of phony locksmiths were banned from practicing business in North Carolina, area officials are encouraging residents to be on the lookout for similar scams.
A group of unlicensed locksmith companies used bait-and switch-tactics to scam customers across the state, according to an Aug. 31 press release from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooperâs office.
An area elementary school participated Monday in a nationwide event honoring arts education in the classroom.
Students at Balls Creek Elementary School in Newton learned about different art forms, from gourd making to architecture, to kick off National Arts in Education week.
âI wanted to show students there is more to art than drawing and painting,â said Alison Willard, Balls Creek Elementary art teacher, who organized the event.
Conover Police arrested six alleged gang members this weekend after shots were fired in an area mobile home park.
Christian Nava, 22, of Hickory; Edgar Antonio Hernandez, 23, of Conover; Samuel Antonio Hernandez, 18, of Conover; Arturo Hernandez Gabriel, 27, of Newton; Victor Efren Ramirez, 18, of Conover; and Juan Jesus Santalian, 19, of Hickory, were arrested on view and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits, said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.
Gary Wayne Laws, 62, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-11:45 a.m. at the church.
Helen Juanita Wilson Bostian, 92, of Claremont, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Bostian family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.