Archive - Aug 2010
Slick road conditions caused a six-vehicle pileup Sunday on U.S. 321 near Maiden.
A small SUV was traveling in the north-bound lane of U.S. 321 about 1:30 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned, hit a retaining wall and bounced back into traffic, said Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps.
“It was raining at the time,” Hipps said. “It was heavy, heavy rain, and water had accumulated on the road.”
The Bojangles Late Models entertained the fans during their 100-lap feature event with the No. 51 of Josh Wimbish bringing the field to the green flag. The No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers was hot during the first half of the feature taking over the lead on lap five from Wimbish. LeFevers and Wimbish traded the lead back and forth until LeFevers pulled away on lap nine. The No. 10 of Andy Mercer grabbed the second place position on lap 12, leaving Wimbish to ride around third. The No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. worked his way into the top five by lap 16, bringing the No.
Charleston catcher J.R. Murphy enjoyed his Friday night in Hickory. Murphy hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in the third and fourth innings to propel Charleston to an 18-4 win over the Crawdads. Murphy finished Friday with three hits and nine RBIs.
The loss puts the Crawdads a game behind Lakewood in the race for the second-half pennant in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. Charleston and Hickory play Game 3 at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Thieves made off with more than $6,000 of property taken from a home in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two or more unknown suspects who allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Fairgrove Church Road, said Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
More than 20 items were stolen from the residence, including a laptop computer, a weed eater, a shotgun, office supplies and tools.
An early morning drive Wednesday ended with a car crashing into a Conover business.
Tiffany Robinson, 23, of Hickory, was driving west at 1:25 a.m. on U.S. 70-A West when her accelerator got stuck, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, said Conover Police Capt. Eric Loftin.
Robinson’s 2002 Ford Explorer crashed into Conware Company Logistics, which is in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A West.
The car ran into the office area of the building and caused about $5,000 of damage to the structure, according to the police report.
Itâ€™s hot outside, and so are animal adoptions at the Humane Society of Catawba County.
More animals were adopted from the HSCC from January to August than were adopted during the entire year in 2009.
â€śAdoptions are double what they normally have been. We donâ€™t know why that is,â€ť said Jane Bowers, HSCC interim executive director. â€śWe donâ€™t question it. Weâ€™re just glad itâ€™s happening.â€ť
The more animals that are adopted, then the more animals the HSCC can take into the shelter.
â€śWe are a no-kill shelter, so until we do adoptions, we canâ€™t fill it with other animals,â€ť Bowers said.
All Catawba departments were asked to cut 30 percent of their budget in light of the town’s financial problems.
Interim Town Manager Eric Davis asked department heads to revisit their respective budgets and highlight expenditures that can be eliminated.
“It’s not anything definitive yet,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. “But they just need to find possible ways they can cut their budgets.”
Readling said Council’s next move will be to address the department heads’ possible cuts and vote to make those cuts.
Nancy Riedinger Feather, 77, of Conover, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Feather family has entrusted local arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Conover.
Kenneth Eugene Spencer, 81, of Hickory,teed off in the game of life on March 16, 1929. The Spencer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Two of the three members of Newton-Conoverâ€™s offensive backfield are back for their senior season, and they are two important members. Running back Octavius Harden and fullback Jamal Coates return with one season of varsity experience for the Red Devils.
â€śHaving me and him back is good,â€ť Coates said. â€śIt means we are both experienced and know what to do when we get into the first game.â€ť
Catawba County law enforcement officials are saying ‘no’ to gang activity with a new program targeting seasoned street-crime offenders.
The Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, is a joint effort by Catawba County’s nine law enforcement agencies, including the Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton police departments and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to combat street crimes and gang activity.