â€śA Christmas Carolâ€ť has always been one of my favorite holiday tales.
Thereâ€™s the wicked Ebenezer Scrooge with his miserly ways, the good-hearted Bob Cratchit and, of course, the three ghosts of Christmas who aim to change Scroogeâ€™s life forever.
I first became familiar with the story as a little girl when my brother, sister and I watched â€śMickeyâ€™s Christmas Carolâ€ť hundreds of times each holiday season on a worn-out VHS cassette.
We balked at the cruelty of Scrooge McDuck and cheered when Mickey and Minnie enjoyed a Christmas dinner with Tiny Tim at the movieâ€™s conclusion.
Teresa Lynn Mitchell, 52, of Claremont, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Grace Keisler Leonard, 76, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Leonard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Those hoping to celebrate the Christmas season through worship have a wide range of church services to choose from during the holidays.
For those who enjoy music during their Christmas services, New Vision Church of Conover offers two Christmas Eve services with plenty to sing about.
"We're going to sing a lot of carols and have a lot of songs," said the Rev. Ann Aichinger of New Vision. "Basically, it's a very simple, beautiful service."
The Catawba County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police collected more than 100 toys and stuffed animals to donate to sick and needy children and adults spending the holiday season in the hospital.
FOP volunteers distributed the gifts Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to give away the gifts and make recipients smile.
"We're here to see smiles," said FOP president Carl Pope, who is retired from the Highway Patrol. "Whether it's from the adults or the kids, we just want to see smiles."
Newton Police are looking for a motorist who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage when the driver's car crashed into an apartment building.
The incident happened Wednesday several minutes after midnight at the Sandalwood Apartments at East 11th Street and Mount Olive Church Road in Newton.
The driver of a white and gray Jeep was parked at building 712 near apartment A when, according to a witness, the motorist drove from the parked position straight into the apartment building. The motorist then left the scene of the crash.
Maiden officials are optimistic about the town's financial stability and are hoping for continued success in the upcoming year.
"We've had a good year," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "And to do that in this economy is a good thing."
Every department in the town operated under budget in the last fiscal year, and town officials didn't have to access its reserves to make it through the year.
The town operates at 72.42 percent of its unreserved fund balance as compared to total expenditure, which far exceeds the Local Government Commission's recommended 8-12 percent.
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” Charges are unlikely for a North Carolina woman so upset about her financial situation she walked into a TV station and put what turned out to be an unloaded gun to her head, a police spokesman said
Wendy Cosby Naidas, 51, of Conover was only a threat to herself, not anyone in WSOC-TV's studios in Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Robert Fey said. She was undergoing a mental evaluation at a Charlotte hospital.
A woman and her child were treated for possible smoke inhalation Tuesday after a fire broke out in their Newton duplex.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 405 E. J St., where they found a working structure fire on the right side of a one-story duplex.
"There was a significant amount of fire showing when we arrived," said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
â€śI was kind of surprised,â€ť Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coachâ€™s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.
Joseph Loyal Winebarger, 49, of Conover, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Winebarger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Ellis Roy “Buck” Pugh, 78, of Conover, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jerome Walker will officiate.