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Maiden soccer program turning around

April 11, 2011

Family.

It’s one simple word that is changing the complexion of the Maiden women’s soccer program.

Last season, Maiden held a 5-12-2 overall record, were 2-12-1 in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference and scored 18 goals for the entire season.

So far this season, the team nearly doubled its total victories from a year ago with a 9-5-1 record. They hold a 5-2-1 conference mark and have scored 26 goals.

Third-year coach Dennis Ly said the change is due to a couple of reasons.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 11, 2011

Barbara Jean Brongo, 64, of Newton, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  The Brongo family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Alfred “Al” McKinney, 67, of Hickory, passed away April 10, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  The McKinney family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.

Conflict delays Bakers' court

April 11, 2011

A scheduling conflict with defense attorney Scott Reilly once again delayed matters in the misdemeanor cases against Adam and Elisa Baker.

Adam Troy Baker, 33, and Elisa Annette Baker, 42, were expected to appear Monday in Caldwell County District Court for charges that stem from May 2010. However, Shell Pearce, who represents Adam Baker, said Reilly had to be in Newton for a separate trial. Since prosecutors plan to hear the evidence at the same time, their cases were continued until June 13.

Claremont resident works in Japan

April 11, 2011

A 7.1-magnitude aftershock rocked Japan on Thursday, making Claremont resident David T. Garrison's final night in the country an interesting one.

Garrison spent about two weeks in Japan with the Christian Relief Assistance Support and Hope program (CRASH), which is a network supporting Christian relief work in Japan and around the world.

Who said beer couldn’t be an art?

April 11, 2011

When it comes to beer, the Hickory Hops festival attracts a large crowd.

“This year, the Hickory Hops festival is expected to entertain 2,700 (people), that number came from ticket sales online, at Olde Hickory Tap Room and Amos Howards,” said Nikol Wuest, manager of Olde Hickory Tap room.

This year, brewers are traveling from as far as Georgia to showcase their top beer.

“I would say it has now doubled with brewers, as well as the interest of those who want to participate and sample the beers,” said Phil Bennett, a Hickory Hops volunteer.

Man in custody for robbery

April 11, 2011

One of two men accused of robbing a Hickory store Thursday is in custody.
De'andra Ventredous Killebrew, 20, of Charlotte, turned himself into the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department on Friday. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and is in Catawba County jail under a $9,500 bond.
Killebrew and another unidentified man allegedly entered the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 SW in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hickory Police Department.

Police panel addresses gang activity

April 11, 2011

Law enforcement representatives agreed Sunday that gang activity is a major issue in Catawba County.
During a Catawba County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch meeting at Newton City Hall, a panel of police chiefs and officers from nine local jurisdictions answered questions about gangs and other related issues.
Police chiefs and officers from the Hickory, Catawba, Conover, Newton, Maiden, Brookford and Claremont police departments agreed there is currently gang activity in Catawba County.

Deadline is Tuesday for Newton's Unity Day award nominations

April 11, 2011

The City of Newton Human Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for the City’s annual Unity Day Award. The nomination deadline for this prestigious award is Tuesday, April 12. The award will be formally presented at the City’s Unity Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30 at Southside Park. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The nominee should be an individual, business, or industry that has demonstrated outstanding service to the Newton community and that has worked to improve relations among cultures and races in the City.

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