Archive - Aug 27, 2010
Two area law enforcement agencies were awarded more than $57,000 in grant funds to purchase updated equipment for crime prevention and control.
Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriffâ€™s office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a cityâ€™s population in comparison with its crime statistics.
Mike Propst, of Claremont, chows down Friday on a plate of 50 chicken wings at Untouchables in Conover during a wing-eating contest with his friend Brian Hardy, of Claremont. The men wanted to see how many wings they could eat in 30 minutes after watching an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” television show. “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman ate 50 wings in 30 minutes, and Propst and Hardy wanted to see how their abilities compared with Richman’s. Propst finished 36 wings in 28 minutes, and Hardy finished 27 wings in 30 minutes.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education is close to naming an interim superintendent.
On Friday, the board met at Crowe and Davis, a firm in Conover where CCS attorney Crystal Davis works. The closed-session meeting was to discuss interim superintendent candidates.
The board recessed its meeting in the afternoon Friday to reconvene Monday at 4 p.m. at Crowe and Davis, 121 First Ave. South in Conover.
"Several board members had conflicts and had to leave (Friday's meeting)," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.
The University Christian High School Barracudas had their first pep rally Thursday to prepare for an upcoming girlâ€™s volleyball game.
And while the Lady Barracudas played Thursday night, UCHS officials met with parents to discuss plans for the schoolâ€™s new facility.
â€śThis is for kids who are really, really motivated and fairly mature,â€ť said UCHS Principal Jerry Willard. â€śThis is fulfilling the mission of education in Catawba County.â€ť
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley was recognized Friday as one of 97 models for workplace safety in North Carolina.
The center was presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate by North Carolina Transportation Commissioner Cherie K. Berry.
â€śThank you, thank you for everything you do,â€ť Berry told Hospice employees at a reception Friday.
Berry experienced Hospice services first hand when her mother was care for in the hospice center in Caldwell County.
Logan Elliot Wilkinson, infant son of Chad Elliot Wilkinson and Stefanie Goins Costner of Newton, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Willis-Reynolds Chapel in Newton.
The Lakewood BlueClaws got back to their winning ways Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lakewood defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-3 in the second game of the Crawdadsâ€™ final homestand of the 2010 season.
The win gives Lakewood a 3-1/2 game lead over Hickory in the race for the second-half pennant. The loss also drops Hickory to third place in the standings, a game behind Greensboro.
Lakewood started hot Thursday with three runs in the top of the first inning. Hickory responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, including a leadoff solo home run by Travis Adair.
From O-N-E Reports
The East Burke Cavaliers picked up their first conference win Thursday at Bunker Hill. The Cavaliers defeated the Bears 3-0 and are now 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2-A.
East Burke defeated Bunker Hill 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 29-27 and 26-24. The Bears dropped to 0-2 in conference play.
For Bunker Hill, Cheyenne Pump and Margaret Conner both had 10 kills.
WATAUGA 4, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
John Reid and Eli Cordes scored the Red Devils' goals Thursday in a non-conference loss to Watauga. The Pioneers led 2-1 at halftime.