Archive - Aug 2010
From 27-inch TVs to wheelchairs and clothing, Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley’s thrift store has it all.
“I think the timing was perfect because of the economy,” said Hugh Cating, PCHCV director of planned giving. “People need a little extra help.”
PCHCV’s thrift store, located on U.S. 321 near Ham’s restaurant, opened July 6. The PCHCV Board of Directors entertained the idea of a thrift store for awhile, Cating said, and they finally decided to take the plunge several months ago.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education hired a retired superintendent to serve as its interim until a permanent superintendent is employed.
The Board of Education approved to hire Glenn Barger at a vote of 5-1 Monday in a special meeting. Board member Sherry Butler opposed Barger's hire. Member Carolyn Connor was not present at the meeting.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Shuford has been selected as this week's Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner.
Shuford wins the award for the sixth time in his career and for the third straight game dating back to the last two contests of the 2009 season.
Shuford, a senior free safety, finished with three tackles in Lenoir-Rhyneâs 59-10 victory over Chowan in the 2010 season opener this past Saturday at home.
Shuford is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference pick (2008-09) and has won the Moretz Sports Heavy Hitter Of The Year Award in 2007 and 2009.
The Maiden Blue Devils played their second straight game at home to start the season, and they walked away with their second straight blowout win.
The Blue Devils defeated the Fred T. Foard Tigers 58-14 at Maiden on Friday.
Matt Johnson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, and Foardâs Skyler Hollar returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tigers lead.
While the Trojansâ offense stumbled out of the blocks in their contest at St. Stephens, the teamâs defense kept the visitors in the game the first two quarters.
âWe played good all night long defensively. We were just killing ourselves when we kept giving it to them in the red zone,â said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. âWe had two interceptions, a fumble and a blocked punt.â
One thing can often change the momentum of a football game.
On Friday night at Newton-Conover, a switch at quarterback made the difference. Adonis Hewitt took over for starter Cameron Shuford after three series with a 14-0 deficit.
âCoach put me in, and we were down,â Hewitt said. âI held my head high, and he told me we could win. I just came in and took over.â
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 Sheriffâs Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justiceâs Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriffâs office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a cityâs 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 girlâs volleyball game.
And while the Lady Barracudas played Thursday night, UCHS officials met with parents to discuss plans for the schoolâs new facility.
âThis is for kids who are really, really motivated and fairly mature,â said UCHS Principal Jerry Willard. âThis is fulfilling the mission of education in Catawba County.â