Archive - 2010
The 121st Soldiers Reunion honored heroes.
Whether they are heroes of generations gone by, soldiers fighting overseas in current conflicts or tomorrow’s servicemen and women, the Reunion honors them all.
Thousands of Catawba County residents gathered Thursday for Reunion Day and celebrated their heroes with memorial services, parades and patriotism.
Sipe's Orchard Home will be the scene of humor and rock 'n' roll as the well-known band, Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours, take the stage.
The Bloomin' Orchard Festival, which is planned for Sept. 4, will be Sipe's Orchard Home's largest fundraiser for the year with proceeds going to the organization's newest project, The Houston Cottage.
"We are excited about the program, and the festival will help fund the program," said Nan Lacy, Sipe's Orchard Home marketing director.
Marjorie Ann Ferrell Wyke, 78, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wyke family.
Ruth Marguerite Carroll, 83, of Newton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Carroll family.
The Hickory Crawdads withstood an 1 hour 5 minute rain and lightning delay Wednesday and defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4.
Hickory and Kannapolis have two games left in the four-game series. The two teams play at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Hickory trails first-place Lakewood by 3-1/2 games in the Northern Division standings.
Crawdads pitcher Miguel De Los Santos allowed just one run on one hit and two walks while striking out four through the first three frames, prior to the weather delay.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for portions of the Piedmont and western North Carolina effective until 10 p.m. Thursday. In western North Carolina, Alexander, Catawba, east Polk and greater Rutherford. In the Piedmont, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Rowan.
Heavy rain will accompany thunderstorms this afternoon. and flooding may occur.
Places that experienced heavy rainfall and flooding this morning will be especially vulnerable to flooding later today. This flooding could last into the early evening hours.
The lights will turn on Friday in Catawba County, and high school teams in the county from take the field looking for their first win of the 2010 season. Two teams, however, will be left out of that excitement-filled night.
The Hickory Red Tornadoes and Newton-Conover Red Devils wait till Aug. 27 to start the football season, and they get one more week of practice under their belts. Newton-Conover plays at home against East Lincoln, and Hickory travels next week to Statesville.
Amber Merrill cried when her 6-month-old daughter won the Soldiers Reunion Baby Parade.
Though Merrill cried tears of joy for Peyton’s win, she also cried because her daughter’s father wasn’t there to see her win the birth to age 1 division of the parade.
Peyton’s father, Ethan Merrill, is serving time in Afghanistan, where he has been for about 10 weeks. “We’re very proud,” Merrill said of her daughter’s win.
The 121st annual Soldiers Reunion continues today for Reunion Day on the Court Square in downtown Newton. Here is a schedule of today's events, as well as scheduled events to finish Reunion Week.
9 a.m. Activities start on the Court Square with many vendors participating.
10 a.m. Memorial service to honor veterans who died in the past year. The guest speaker will be N.C. Department of the American Legion Commander Bill Oxford of Lenoir. The event will be held on the Court Square in Newton.
A year ago, officials with The Green Room Community Theatre helped kick-off Reunion Day by breaking ground on a new $3.5-million project to create a new performing arts center in downtown Newton.
Today, plenty has changed at the property where shovels turned dirt near the corner of A Street and Main Avenue, and this week, Newton city leaders got one of the first glimpses at a facility that has been a beehive of activity since construction started.
Xang Lo, 64, of Hickory, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.