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Archive - Jun 2011

June 16th

Conover man killed in Washington crash

June 16, 2011

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.

The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.

The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.

The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.

Truck overturns under pressure

June 16, 2011

A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.

Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.

Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.

June 15th

Jason Phelps hired as Foard football coach

June 16, 2011

After months of speculation as to who would guide the future of the Fred T. Foard football program, the Tigers finally have their man.

Jason Phelps, who spent the past three seasons at Bartlett Yancey High School, was hired as the head football coach at Foard.

Phelps was introduced Wednesday evening in the Fred T. Foard High School cafeteria with parents and students watching in attendance.

Phelps said there were a few main reasons the Foard coaching job interested him.

Exercise is good for animals

June 15, 2011

Ransom is a dog – a big, white dog.

At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt — another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.

But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.

On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane society’s new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facility’s pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane society’s community outreach leader.

$11M taken from schools

June 15, 2011

North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.

"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.

Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.

NCCS approves new dress code

June 15, 2011

A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary school’s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.

The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 15, 2011

Brady Ervin Moose, 71, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.  The Moose family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Louise Sherrill Triplette, 92, of Carillon Assisted Living in Newton, formerly of Granite Falls, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Carillon, where she resided for the past year.  Pendry’s Funeral home of Lenoir is serving the Triplette family.

June 14th

Wiebe defeats Mason in playoff to win GHC

June 14, 2011

After three rounds, 54 holes and two 19-under-par scores, it took three playoff holes to decide this year’s Greater Hickory Classic champion.

Mark Wiebe, a resident of Denver, Colo., defeated James Mason in the third playoff hole Sunday to claim the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic championship and the $262,500 winner’s prize.

The victory by Wiebe breaks a 77-tournament losing streak.

“I didn’t know it had been 77 tournaments since I’ve won,” Wiebe said. “That was kind of a bummer to know. I’m tickled to have busted that drought.”

Waltrip, Yarborough join NASCAR Hall of Fame

June 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The wait is over for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. The championship-winning drivers with a bumpy personal connection are headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Yarborough and Waltrip got in on their third try, headlining the third five-member class announced Tuesday. They're joined by eight-time series champion crew chief Dale Inman, nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans and pioneering driver and owner Glen Wood.

Bags of books

June 14, 2011

As the children of librarians, Carmen Winstead and Meredith Gladden aren't strangers to reading or to books.

"When we were growing up, we had a lot of books to read," Winstead said.
Not every young person in Catawba County is as fortunate.

That's why the two rising seniors at Fred T. Foard High School wanted to help spread reading and books to other young people. They orchestrated a book drive at Blackburn Elementary School that collected 2,948 youth and children's books.

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