Archive - Oct 25, 2011
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
Bench was a member of the â€śBig Red Machineâ€ť clubs that played in Cincinnati from 1970-1976. Those teams, which included Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Concepcion and manager George â€śSparkyâ€ť Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.
The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.
A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.
Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.
Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.
Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.
The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.
Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.
As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.
"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.
Kenneth John Kuhar, 41, of Newton, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The Kuhar family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Pauline “Polly” Y. Cloninger, 93, of Claremont, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cloninger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.
The churchâ€™s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuaryâ€™s brick-and-mortar frame.
â€śColumns were falling down and there wasnâ€™t any concrete left in the walls,â€ť said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.
â€śIt didnâ€™t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.â€ť
The church demanded a fix â€” and fast â€” before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.