January 17th, 2011
Laurels to a Newton church that is helping to make sure that when winter is at its coldest, there will always be room in the inn.
For the second winter, First Presbyterian Church in Newton has opened its â€śRoom in the Innâ€ť to homeless people who need a warm bed and a hot meal during the coldest nights of the winter season. And there is certainly a need for warm shelter in Newton.
Growing up in Alabama, we didnâ€™t get a lot of snow, even during some of the coldest winters.
Itâ€™s no secret Iâ€™m somewhat challenged when it comes to whipping up meals in the kitchen.
My fridge is usually full of microwaveable meals, all the fixinsâ€™ for cold sandwiches and diet soda â€” not exactly the ingredients for a Julia Child-like masterpiece. To say my surname isnâ€™t fitting is an understatement. Iâ€™m a disgrace to the Bakers of centuries before who actually cooked for a living.
After a lengthy break from school, area high school students have at least one day to review and prepare for their end-of-course tests.
Students in Newton-Conover City Schools are scheduled to attend school Saturday with an early release time, and Monday and Tuesday are regular instruction days. David Stegall, NCCS associate superintendent, said those days will be used to review and prepare for students' EOC exams, which start Wednesday.
A two-week larceny string in Conover continues as thieves snatch valuables from unlocked vehicles.
The larcenies started in early January and occurred mostly in the southeast and northeast quadrants of the city.
The latest incident reports from Conover reveal the larcenies continued through Thursday, when at least six reports were filed. Brewer thinks the same people are responsible for all larcenies.
"We've had some past experience with these people," Brewer said.
The first string of larcenies was reported Jan. 3, and a second string happened Jan. 14-16.
Several people were injured Friday after a crash on Northwest Boulevard in Newton left one vehicle flipped upside-down.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. in front of the old Harris Teeter building.
Newton Police officers confirmed more than one person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital, but victims' names weren't released on the scene.
One car involved in the crash, a Honda Civic, was flipped on its front windshield, scattering glass yards away from the point of impact.
After the toll that inclement weather has taken on prep sports in the area, the schedule has been worked out for many of those postponed games.
As of press time, four basketball games have been set for Saturday.
Also scheduled for Saturday are three wrestling matches and one swim meet.
Games, matches and meets scheduled for Friday have also been moved.
Here is the updated schedule:
Hickory at St. Stephens, 1 p.m.
West Caldwell at Bunker Hill, 2 p.m.
Newton-Conover at South Iredell, 2 p.m.
Maiden at East Burke, 4 p.m. (varsity only)
David Ray Eidson, 68, of Newton, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Eidson family.
Jacob Shuford Sr., 83, died Jan. 11, 2011. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is serving the Shuford family.
From last yearâ€™s winter sports to this yearâ€™s, participation in both basketball and indoor soccer has grown. This is especially true for basketball.
â€śIâ€™ve only been here a year,â€ť said Paxton Tallent, Sports Director at the Shuford YMCA. â€śI started at the midpoint of basketball season last year. We maybe had 50 kids. We are up 60 kids. We are up a couple in indoor soccer as well.â€ť
The calm usually comes before the storm, but this week, it has been after.
With the recent weather delays and time between high school games, matches and meets, many athletes have found themselves benched for the moment.
That shouldn't be for long though. By next week, players may see a slew of competition to make up for time lost during this entire week.
Some coaches already had a plan for their athletes during the breaks given due to winter weather.
N-C girl's basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe said he feels these breaks as a beneficial opportunity for his team.