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September 23rd, 2010

Stitched with love

September 23, 2010

Lorene Fox is finishing a quilt two decades in the making.
She started making the quilt 20 years ago for her daughter, but she never knew how to complete the blue and white blanket.
"I just kept putting it aside and never finished it," she said. "I've never done any quilting before. That's why I kept putting it aside."
When she heard about the Shuford YMCA's weekly quilting group, Fox recognized her opportunity to finally complete the quilt.

OPOP delays play's starting date

September 23, 2010

The Old Post Office Playhouse moved its opening production date back one week.
"The King and I" will open the 2010-11 season for The Green Room Community Theatre at its new facility, the OPOP. The play was set to open Oct. 1, but now it will open Oct. 8.
"The reason the decision was made to move the date back was because the cast hasn't had enough time on the new stage," said Sherry Butler, executive director for The Green Room.

Man arrested for Radio Shack break-in

September 23, 2010

Conover Police arrested a man in connection with an electronics store break-in.
Caskell Cook, 31, of Conover, is accused of stealing more than $2,200 worth of laptops from Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West, according to Shane Moore, of the Conover Police Department.
The break-in occurred about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Cook allegedly used a brick or a blunt object to break open the store window.

Man robs convenience store

September 23, 2010

Newton Police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly robbed a convenience store with a sawed-off shotgun.
Paul Edd Dalton Dollarhyde, 34, of Newton, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon and resist obstruct and delay.
Police received a call Wednesday about 9 p.m. of an armed robbery in progress at the J&L Run-In, located at 1918 N. Main Ave. in Newton, according to Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

Friday, September 24, 2010

September 23, 2010

Billy “Mark” Sigmon, 50, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center of a possible blood clot to the lungs. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10–10:45 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.

Dorcas Priscilla Carpenter Gabriel, 85, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Gabriel family.

Tigers Pounce On Pioneers

September 23, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers found themselves in a familiar position Wednesday — needing a goal to win a match. They got that crucial goal from Jason Smith in the closing minutes of a conference match at home against the Watauga Pioneers.

The game-winning goal was Smith’s second of the night and gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory at home. Smith scored the Tigers’ first goal of the night in the 22nd minute on a shot seven yards outside the penalty box.

N-C Soccer Falls; Hickory Tennis Tops Saint

September 23, 2010

Draughn rode the momentum of two first-half goals in a 2-1 win Wednesday over Newton-Conover. Toua Xiong scored in the 9th minute on a mishandled ball in the box, and Jacob Crisp added an insurance goal in the 27th minute on a crossing pass from Aaron Yang.

Newton-Conover got on the board in the second half with a goal by Christian Marinero off a rebounded shot from Franklin Wepner. The Red Devils had an 8-6 shot advantage in the loss, and a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.

The Red Devils are now 3-2 against the Catawba Valley 2-A, and the Wildcats improved to 4-1.

September 22nd

What's next for 9-1-1

September 22, 2010

Catawba County residents will be better protected with the implementation in the coming months of a new 9-1-1 program.  
Next Generation 9-1-1 technology allows operators and responders to better serve citizens during an emergency situation, said Terry Bledsoe, chief information officer.
"(A car accident) generates a lot of calls to our 9-1-1 center, and that ties up lines," Bledsoe said. "We hope to remedy that with Next Generation 9-1-1."

Newton explores new requirements for developers

September 22, 2010

Newton planners want to increase requirements for developers creating residential subdivisions inside the city.
Proposals to require more open space, roads and sidewalks in sub-divisions, met mixed responses from Newton City Council members, however.
“We don’t have developers coming in and knocking down the door to build on all the land we have,” said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. “It is hard for me to swallow tightening the requirements when we don’t have people that want to develop.”

Conover School gets helping hand

September 22, 2010

One hundred dollars can buy 200 glue sticks, about 160 juice boxes or 450 colored pencils.
Ten teachers at Conover School must decide how to spend $100 in the classroom after they received $100 gift cards from the Conover Wal-Mart.
"It was for no other reason but because they appreciated what we do," said Conover School Principal Betsy Rosenbalm.

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