Norma Sue Monday, 66, of Conover, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at her residence. A private service was held Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.
Catawba County residents might not have a white Christmas this year.
But for many residents, it will be a bright Christmas with elaborate and festive holiday decorations.
Homes throughout the county are decorated in varying degrees of holiday cheer, with white and colored lights, inflatable snow globes, nativity scenes and, of course, Christmas trees.
"We decorate every year," said Patty Tucker, who lives with her family on West Sixth Street in Newton. "We've gotten a little more extensive with it since the kids have come."
Conover strives to be a "community of choice" in Catawba County.
This means a safe place for residents and their families and a dynamic economic environment for businesses, said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.
To make that vision a reality, city officials work to plan goals and realize those accomplishments each year, and the city adopted mission and vision statements about a year ago when Moritz took office.
Police are investigating a reported break-in after a thief made off with money from a popular area restaurant.
An employee of Geppeto's Pizza and More in Newton unlocked the downtown Newton restaurant Thursday at about 9 a.m. to find the cash register in disarray, said Newton Police Department Lt. M.D. Beal.
The employee called 9-1-1, and police arrived on the scene minutes later. After searching the building, investigators determined an unknown suspect gained access to the restaurant by prying open the back door.
Speeders and drunk drivers beware.
Newton Police Department recently hired a traffic enforcement officer to keep the city a safe place to live, work and drive.
Officer Brett Williams will patrol Newton's streets, looking for traffic violations in an effort to make the city and its citizens safer.
"My main objective is to make our city a safer place to live," Williams said. "We will be actively looking for infractions."
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â€śI want a Xbox because I never have one before. I want a cote for my family in vitnam beause I donâ€™t want dem to be called. I want my mom and dad to stop fighting each other. Santa you our the best man ever. I was good Santa.â€ť
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."