The Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a master plan for a diverse collection of trails in the county and surrounding areas.
The approval qualifies Catawba County for future grant funding in the design, acquisition and construction of the master plan.
Catawba County senior planner Mary George and thread trail community coordinator Randi Gates presented the master plan to the Board of
Commissioners at its meeting Monday in the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
The master plan contains nine priority segments and includes six routes in Catawba County.
Carol Ann Kirksey, 68, of Maiden, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. The Kirksey family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
How liquor is sold in North Carolina could change in light of recent discussions about privatization of the state's Alcoholic Beverage and Control system.
Privatization, however, won't happen if area governance boards have their way.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to support the continuance of the current ABC system, and it opposed efforts to privatize the system.
The final home game of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolinaâ€™s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizonaâ€™s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory â€“ his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthersâ€™ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to win games,â€ť Clausen said. â€śThis was big for us going into the next two games and next year.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
â€śWe talked about coming out and going right at them,â€ť said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. â€śWe knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.â€ť
James Garland “Bull” Newsome Sr., 82, of Newton, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Newsome family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory of Newton.
An alleged rape was reported Thursday in Conover.
Conover Police are investigating the incident, which allegedly occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said investigator John Little, of the Conover Police Department.
Little said the incident is a "family situation," and the victim knew the attacker. He declined to comment further about the people involved in the incident and where in Conover it allegedly occurred.
The event was reported Thursday about 5:45 p.m., and Little said there was no other physical violence involved besides the alleged rape.
A paralyzing health condition didn't keep a 19-year-old Hickory resident from giving to others.
Amber Stewart, who has spinal muscular atrophy since birth, decided she wanted to help children by giving them Christmas presents they might not otherwise receive. Her project started off with the idea to give to patients at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, but plans changed. Catawba County Department of Social Services became the recipients of Stewart's gifts.
The Hickory woman charged for obstructing the investigation into her stepdaughter's disappearance had her case continued in court Friday.
Elisa Baker, 42, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear in Catawba County District Court on Friday for four worthless check charges unrelated to the disappearance and death of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
The case against Elisa Baker was continued to April 22, but she didn't appear Friday in court. Her attorney, Scott Reilly, appeared in her place.
A homeowner took matters into his own hands Friday when a thief attempted to rob his home.
A suspect entered a home on East Maiden Road on Friday about 1 p.m. in an apparent attempted larceny, said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish.
The suspect, upon entering the house, saw the homeowner was still in the residence and didn't continue the larceny attempt.
Fish said the homeowner saw the intruder and thought the attempted thief had a gun. As the intruder left the residence, the homeowner grabbed a gun and fired several shots into the intruder's car.