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Archive - 2010

August 8th

Maiden's Sizemore named Male Athlete of the Decade

August 8, 2010

Justin Sizemore is about to head back to school. The 2009 Maiden grad will travel this week back to Liberty University to start his sophomore year. Then it is onto one more spring in the sun and on the baseball diamond. This is Sizemore’s second season playing baseball at Liberty.
“I think I’m going to try to mature a little bit and use my experiences in the game,” he said. “I want to use that transition this year to better myself and use my skills that I learned. I want to be a good teammate, never quit and keep trying hard.”

Footcandle to debut film

August 8, 2010

The Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County's next official film screening will be Thursday, Aug. 12. The organization will screen the comedy "Micmacs," a 2009 French film by acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amélie"). This will be the first time the movie has been screened in Catawba County.
Tickets for the film will be $5 at the door for guests/non-society members. All current Footcandle members get themselves and a guest in for free, as usual. The screening will be at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Hickory.

August 7th

Weekend of August 7-9, 2010

August 7, 2010

Joy Ann Glenn Willis, 75, of Conover, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Willis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

Gene Oliver Gilleland, 78, of Maiden, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Hickory. The Gilleland family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.

New business coming to Conover

August 7, 2010

Two new businesses will soon find homes in downtown Conover.

Owner John Cline hopes to open a side-by-side real estate business and restaurant, located at the intersection of West First Street and First Avenue North in downtown Conover.

“Downtown is a great place,” Cline said. “We’re really hoping to bring people to downtown.”

The space was previously Pappy’s Five Point Café.

Trucker killed in early morning wreck

August 7, 2010

A Lawndale trucker is dead after an oncoming truck struck him Friday while he stood on U.S. 321 in Hickory.

Harley James Stanley, 46, was driving a Davenport Transportation truck carrying mail. The U.S. Postal Service contracts the Georgia-based company for mail hauling. Stanley’s truck broke down early Friday morning near the River Road exit on U.S. 321.

August 6th

Catawba calls budget meeting

August 6, 2010

Catawba Town Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss budget problems. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with a closed session to discuss personnel matters, and then Council members will move into open session to discuss issues with the town’s budget.

“We’re going to have to make some changes in the budget,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling.

Thieves rob couple under financial help guise

August 6, 2010

Two men entered a Newton home Wednesday offering financial assistance. Less than 10 minutes later, the men left with the homeowner’s wallet.
The homeowner’s female relative was visiting the man’s residence about 1:15 p.m., and when she opened the door to enter the house, the suspects came in behind her.
“It was an uninvited and illegal entry,” said Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough. “But it was more of a rush-in situation. They went in and were trying to get (the man and woman) off their guard.”

Clean up or pay up

August 6, 2010

One residential property in Maiden was cleaned to rectify nuisance ordinance violations, and additional violating properties are under investigation.
“We don’t mess around,” said Sam Schultz, Maiden planning director. “We send out a letter, and we’re coming.”
Maiden recently implemented a public hearing based-process to clean and rectify properties in violation of the town’s nuisance ordinance.
“Maiden takes a lot of pride in itself,” Schultz said. “If you have a person who isn’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing, they’re endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.”

Carpenter named Female Athlete of the Decade

August 6, 2010

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Carlee Carpenter left an impressive record in her athletic career at Bandys. The accomplished softball player also left her mark on the state record books. Carpenter set the North Carolina record for career triples – the hardest type of hit to earn in softball – her senior year with the Trojans.
“I really don’t have a clue how that happened,” she said.
Carpenter was voted as The Observer News Enterprise’s Female Athlete of the Decade presented by Dan Waters and Associates. Carpenter was nominated and voted on by readers of The O-N-E.

Police detective drunk in fatal wreck

August 6, 2010

The off-duty Huntersville Police detective who was involved in a minor accident in Catawba County and later killed in a one-car collision was legally drunk at the time of the crash.
Tests from the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Kimberly Sue Nesbitt, 43, of Mooresville, had a blood alcohol level of .22 when she crashed her car July 5 on Lowrance Road near Catawba, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.E. Rudisill.
A driver is legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, which means Nesbitt was more than three times over the legal limit at the time of the crash.

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