Archive - Jun 13, 2011
Despite attendance numbers that were lower than prior years, the executive director of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn is â€śoptimisticâ€ť the tournament will stay in Conover.
â€śAll in all, it went extremely well,â€ť said GHC Executive Director Jim Correll. â€śIt was hotter than what we hoped or expected, but those are things you canâ€™t control.â€ť
Correll said the extreme heat heavily contributed to the lower-than-usual turnout. He added that the missing presence of professional golfers Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer, who both played last year, also added to a smaller turnout.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” President Barack Obama promoted job creation Monday in politically important North Carolina, trying to assure Americans he's focused on their No. 1 concern â€” and his greatest political weakness â€” as his potential GOP presidential opponents prepared to target his economic policies in their first major debate.
The city of Newton swimming pool officially opened Monday and area citizens came out to tan, play and beat the heat.
The pool is scheduled to remain open through Aug. 14.
n the photo, Dylan Carroll,13, of Newton, takes a ride on one of two slides the pool offers.
Public swimming will be available Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $1 for children ages 0-5, $2 for ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 6-17, and $4 for adults ages 18-61.
Area police leaders say a local initiative to stop violent crimes is seeing positive results.
Since the Catawba County Gang Initiative began last month, none of the participants involved in the program have re-offended.
â€śI consider it a great success because our ultimate goal is to have these folks not re-offend,â€ť said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. â€śIf we donâ€™t hear from them again, and they donâ€™t re-offend, then itâ€™s a success.â€ť
When people think of Dale Jarrett, NASCAR immediately comes to mind.
The former stock car driver and current ESPN broadcaster racked up a long list of trophies throughout his career, including the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and three Daytona 500 trophies. Jarrett, the son of NASCAR legend Ned Jarrett, won an additional 43 times on the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series combined.
But area citizens may soon start associating the Catawba County native with a completely different organization â€” Hospice.