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Markley playing baseball in the Great White North

July 28, 2011

A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.

John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).

Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.

He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 28, 2011

Billy Martin Hunt, 84, of Greensboro, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Moses Cone Hospital.  The Hunt family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory.
Brown Laney Jr.

Ray Brown Laney Jr., 89, of West Main St., Maiden passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney Family.   

Passion for pilsner

July 28, 2011

Most people would find an anthropologist in a foreign country studying a culture or excavating remains of an ancient civilization, but not Steven Lyerly.

Lyerly, Olde Hickory Brewery (OHB) brewmaster, might have studied anthropology in college but found his true passion was making beer.

In college, Lyerly began homebrewing beer with his roommate who was given a homebrew kit for Christmas.

Impaired driver crashes, flees scene

July 28, 2011

An impaired driver tried to flee the scene of his own car accident in Newton on Thursday, but didn’t make it very far.

Police say Timothy R. Holiday, 49, of Shelby, was traveling north on Startown Road in Newton on Thursday when his 2005 Toyota Tundra ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility box. The car then continued across the intersection of N.C. 10 and hit a utility pole in front of the Kangaroo convenience store.

Crammed for space

July 28, 2011

Catawba County’s 9-1-1 communicators are in need of more space, but a planned expansion project to the existing Justice Center should help meet their needs, officials say. 
The county is in the design process of building a new 9-1-1 communication facility as part of an overall expansion project to the county’s Justice Center in Newton.

Self-Renaissance Led Artist to 3-D Jewelry

July 28, 2011

Ellen Ball cannot imagine life without art and creativity.
“As jazz great Miles Davis once said, ‘I would just wanna be dead if I couldn’t create,’” Ball said. “For me, it is as intrinsically necessary to being as breathing.”
Ball, 50, grew up in HIckory with creative parents in a household that included a painting studio, sewing room, workshop full of tools, art, music and books.
“There was no way I could not be an artist,” she said. “One of my first drawings was on the living room wall.”

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