Archive - 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 Sizemoreâs second season playing baseball at Liberty.
âI think Iâm going to try to mature a little bit and use my experiences in the game,â he said. âI 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.â
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 ("AmĂ©lie"). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two men entered a Newton home Wednesday offering financial assistance. Less than 10 minutes later, the men left with the homeownerâs wallet.
The homeownerâs female relative was visiting the manâs residence about 1:15 p.m., and when she opened the door to enter the house, the suspects came in behind her.
âIt was an uninvited and illegal entry,â said Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough. âBut it was more of a rush-in situation. They went in and were trying to get (the man and woman) off their guard.â
One residential property in Maiden was cleaned to rectify nuisance ordinance violations, and additional violating properties are under investigation.
âWe donât mess around,â said Sam Schultz, Maiden planning director. âWe send out a letter, and weâre coming.â
Maiden recently implemented a public hearing based-process to clean and rectify properties in violation of the townâs nuisance ordinance.
âMaiden takes a lot of pride in itself,â Schultz said. âIf you have a person who isnât doing what theyâre supposed to be doing, theyâre endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.â
Lenoir-Rhyneâs 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 â the hardest type of hit to earn in softball â her senior year with the Trojans.
âI really donât have a clue how that happened,â she said.
Carpenter was voted as The Observer News Enterpriseâs Female Athlete of the Decade presented by Dan Waters and Associates. Carpenter was nominated and voted on by readers of The O-N-E.
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 Examinerâs 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.