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Making the Midway

August 31, 2011

It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.

Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high “ride,” and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing “Himalaya” tilt-a-whirl.

The fair is back.

However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fair’s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.

County sections of I-40 get makeover

August 31, 2011

Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.

Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.

Tigers’ Mike Carey named 3A coach of the year

August 31, 2011

After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigers’ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.

Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.

“It’s the ‘cherry on top’ to our good season,” Carey said of the honor. “This is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.”

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