Archive - Mar 9, 2011
The Newton-Conover boysâ€™ tennis team is looking to repeat their 2010 season and give the program another state title.
The Red Devils finished with a 26-0 record last season, including a 14-0 mark in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.
Leading the charge this season will be the doubles team of Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe. The two tennis players were on separate teams in the state championship doubles match.
Choi played with senior Will Huggins, while Lampe played with senior Dillon Cervantez. Choi and Huggins defeated Lampe and Cervantez, 6-3, 6-2, to claim the championship.
Larry Dean Owens, 66, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Owens family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Dwight Vance Caldwell, 75, of Maiden, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Caldwell family.
Catawba leaders want input about what makes the town special from the people who know Catawba best â€” its citizens.
In an effort to promote Catawba's assets and draw people and money to the area, Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett announced a branding contest to create a catchy phrase or slogan for the town.
"It's something sweet and to the point to promote our community," Barnett said.
The contest is one of many recent efforts to create industry and interest within Catawba, which recently struggled financially with decreasing revenues and increasing expenditures.
Sheriff's deputies from two counties seized 17 pounds of compressed cocaine in what investigators are calling the largest seizure in sheriff's office history.
Lincoln and Catawba county sheriff's deputies assisted Saturday with a drug seizure in Lincolnton, where they discovered more than $250,000 of cocaine in an abandoned vehicle.
Officers were dispatched about 5:30 a.m. Saturday to 1259 Buffalo Shoals Road to investigate a report of "an abandoned and suspicious vehicle," according to a press release from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School is a unique learning opportunity for Catawba County students.
When students leave HCAM after four years of instruction, they graduate with a high school diploma, four to five college credits and, in some cases, a career certification â€” all at no cost to students.
"So many people say, 'Where was this when I was in high school?'" said HCAM principal Kelly Owen. "...The idea of HCAM is to engage students in a different kind of way in a unique environment."
Students at University Christian High School in Conover learned this week that what they study in civics class actually applies in the real world.
The ninth grade honors civics and economics class participated in a three-part learning opportunity with Conover City Council to inspire civic participation and encourage open government.
Catawba County is one of several North Carolina counties listed under a flood watch.
Heavy rainfall saturates soil already moist from rain, causing significant runoff into streams and creeks, according to the National Weather Service. Those conditions can lead to flooding in the area. The flood watch is in effect until Thursday afternoon.
Much of western North Carolina is expected to see 2-4 inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. Other counties under a flood watch include Alexander, Burke, Iredell, Lincoln and Gaston.