February 17th, 2011
Both directions of a Catawba County highway are closed Thursday after a car crash.
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a truck crashed into power lines near the 2500 block of U.S. 321 Business about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
A portion of U.S. 321 Business was closed in both directions. North Carolina Department of Transporation crews set up detours for motorists.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol gave area students an inside look at what it takes to be a trooper, hoping to encourage students to join the patrol in the coming years.
Newton-Conover Middle School students arrived at NCSHP's Troop F headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton to hear a presentation about the patrol and tour its facilities.
"We need troopers, and we're going to need troopers in the next 10 years," said Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Phillips. "... Our mission is to protect the people of North Carolina."
For the second time in three games, the Lady Red Devils and Lady Warriors faced off.
Unfortunately for West Caldwell, it was the same result.
Newton-Conover (21-2) scored 38 straight points on their way to a dominant Catawba Valley Athletic Conference semifinal win against West Caldwell.
The Lady Red Devils made up for a lack on intensity that coach Jonathan Tharpe saw in their opening round victory against Bunker Hill on Monday.
Catawba leaders are developing strategies to increase revenue and market the town as a place where people want to live, work and spend their money.
Town council members met with town manager Brian Barnett on Tuesday to discuss the town's upcoming budget process for the next fiscal year, which leaders hope will start closing the projected gap between the town's revenues and expenditures.
Hickory Police learned the identity of a man who fled from a car before it was struck by a train near Union Square last weekend.
Dontea Kennedy, 21, of Maiden, allegedly got out of a 2010 Dodge Challenger early Sunday morning and fled on foot before a train collided with the car, injuring one of the passengers. Police didn't know Kennedy's identity at the time of the crash, only that there was a fourth male in the car.
For Catawba County school counselors, assisting students isn't about simply sitting down and talking about their feelings.
Counselors in the school system try to ensure every student has the emotional and mental support they need to learn on a daily basis.
Officials from Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools said these positions are vital in the school system, especially during times when economic woes impact students, as well as their parents.
The teenager accused of killing his roommate with an axe then carving a word into the man's body received court-appointed counsel Monday during his first appearance in court.
No fewer than four officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were in District Court on Wednesday as Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, was led into the courtroom wearing a neon green jumpsuit. Anderson appeared emotionless as Judge Robert A. Mullinax told him he was charged with murder.
Collapsed buildings, household garbage and unlicensed vehicles filled with trash clutter a property on Newton's North Ashe Avenue.
It isn't the only city property with violations of Newton's nuisance and abandoned vehicle ordinances, but Worth Arnold Jr.'s residence did seem to be a final straw for the city's mayor.
At age 41, Derek Correll is riding the biggest waves in his life.
Correll, a Sherrills Ford native, has been involved in the sport of watercross since 1987.
He initially became active in the sport by spending time with friends who were interested in jet skis as well.
"I started working on jet skis," Correll said. "I met up with some guys who were doing the same thing I was doing at the time. They also did their own maintenance work. I got involved with them a little bit and started learning things from them."
An apparent grease fire destroyed a Conover mobile home Tuesday, displacing a family of three and leaving them with nothing.
Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at Lyle Haven Mobile Home Park off County Home Road in Conover. The blaze was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Conover Fire Department arrived on the scene with three engines and a ladder truck to find a fully involved fire at trailer lot F3.