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October 26th, 2010

Tornado causes 'heavy damage'

October 26, 2010

A tornado was reported shortly before 8 p.m. in Claremont, according to Catawba County emergency medical services personnel. 

EMS crews said at 8:20 p.m. that another band of storms is expected to sweep through the country within 30 minutes. 

Due to heavy winds and rain, a structure in the 3100 block of St. Vincent Drive in Claremont partially collapsed. Emergency crews said the caller who reported the incident said a portion of her house was ripped off from the wind. 

Investigators seize mattress

October 26, 2010

Investigators seized a mattress Tuesday containing DNA evidence, which could potentially lead investigators closer to Zahra Baker.
Employees at the Caldwell County Landfill located the mattress Tuesday when they were regrading the area of the landfill investigators searched last week.

Mobile home fire injures 2

October 26, 2010

A fire destroyed a mobile home Monday and injured two people.
A single-wide mobile home used for storage caught fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Lee Cline Road in Claremont, said Mark Pettit with the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office.
Two people were working inside the mobile home at the time of the fire, and they sustained burn injuries from the blaze. Pettit said he thinks the people were the owners of the building.

Palliative care for COPD patients

October 26, 2010

Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley recently developed a program for patients in advanced stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD.
Caron Tucker, RN and PCHCV vice president of outreach, said the specialized program is designed to meet COPD patients' unique needs while maintaining and improving their qualities of life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, COPD is a group of diseases that causes airflow blockage and breathing-related difficulties. COPD also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Nominations needed for Newton Cares

October 26, 2010

Newton businesses are coming together to award a special woman in need.
Dana's Fine Jewelry organized the Newton Cares campaign to recognize a woman, older than 18, who has cancer.
"We want to help a female out in the community who is really in need and going through a rough time with cancer," said Dana Ramseur, owner of Dana's Fine Jewelry.
In organizing the campaign, Ramseur solicited area businesses to donate anything from a gift certificate to dinner, dry cleaning, manicure and pedicure, and jewelry.
"We want to show our support that people do care," Ramseur said.

Halloween decorations a scream

October 26, 2010

It's scary how much candy Mary Connor gives to trick-or-treaters every Halloween.
Last year, about 500 people stopped by her home on West D Street in Newton to get their hands on one of Connor's famous candy bags.
"I make good, fat bags," Connor said with a laugh. "The kids love them."
Connor bought 125 bags of candy to prepare for this year's treat bags, and she won't stop at that.
Her bedroom is filled in anticipation of Halloween with piles of candy, from lollipops and candy bars to chewy candy and chocolate.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 26, 2010

Lestina "Peenie" Hamright Poole, 73, of Lincolnton, passed away Oct. 22, 2010, at CMC-Lincoln.

James Albert Tribble, 68, of Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The Tribble family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

October 25th

Maiden, Salisbury Locked In For Rematch

October 25, 2010

The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.

Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title — its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.

Chefs cook for March of Dimes

October 25, 2010

Good deeds never tasted so good.
Many of the Foothills' leading chefs will gather Nov. 4 to cook up gourmet food for a good cause. The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover at 6 p.m. to promote the health of babies.
Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director, said proceeds from the event will be used "globally and locally" for research and education to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Donation gives Bandys laptops

October 25, 2010

Anonymous donors gifted an area high school with a technology boost.
Bandys High School received 30 laptop computers, valued at more than $35,000, from anonymous benefactors.
"They asked us to come up with a wish list," said Bandys High School Principal Todd Black. "I thought, 'Wow, I'm almost ashamed to ask for something (that costs) that much.'"
Black said he knew Bandys High was in need of a technology upgrade, so he told the anonymous donors a new classroom set of laptop computers was at the top of the school's wish list.

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