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Archive - Aug 2011

August 16th

Tire explodes in man’s face

August 16, 2011

A tire exploded in a man’s face Monday in the parking of Penske Truck Rental in Conover.

Conover Police say Johnny Henson Bryon, 63, of Conover, was putting air in the tire of a hand truck on Monday when it blew up. Fragments of the wheel came back and hit him in the face, causing damage to his facial and throat area, said Steve Brewer, Conover Police chief.

Bryson was transported to the hospital and was discharged as of press time Wednesday, according to a Catawba Valley Medical Center operator.

August 15th

Hornets shut out in second half in loss

August 16, 2011

After an opening score by the Catawba County Hornets, it all went downhill from there.

The visiting High Point Ravens scored 20 unanswered points and yielded no points in the second half on their way to a victory over the Hornets.

Catawba County (3-2) took the opening drive of the game 48 yards, leading to a score. Former Maiden product Tommy Henry scored on a six-yard run to make it a 6-0 game after a missed two-point conversion.

Before the end of the first quarter, the Ravens tied up the game on a 30-yard pass from Mike Johnston to Eric Gibbs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 15, 2011

Kay Phyllis Shull Parkhurst, 68, of Hildebran passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Parkhurst family.

Peggy Lou Preslar Spencer of Hickory passed away on Aug. 12, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Spencer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC (828.267.5740).

Biofuels center boasts teamwork

August 15, 2011

Catawba County leaders say a newly opened biodiesel research facility will attract more business to the area, save money on fuel and reduce the area’s carbon footprint. State leaders call it a “model for the future.”


But the largest attribute of the facility may be the collaboration between big groups – something federal, state and local leaders all agree is necessary for positive change.

Pill Stoppers fight growing trend

August 15, 2011




Austin Frye says drug abuse in high school has changed.


A rising junior at Newton-Conover High School, Frye said teens are going beyond “smoking pot” and are experimenting with drugs found in nearly every household – prescription medications.


“I have all these friends at high school doing these pills,” Frye said.

“There are a lot of drugs and a lot of pills. They are smoking cigarettes and trying prescription drugs.”

Fabric fire sends one to hospital

August 15, 2011

One worker was taken to the hospital on Monday after a machine caught on fire in a Newton manufacturing facility.

Fire officials say a dotting machine caught on fire on the third floor of Carolina Specialty Fabrics in Newton, and one employee was taken to the hospital after inhaling too much smoke. A dotting machine is used to put traction material on fabrics used for gloves, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

August 13th

Red Devils, Indians learn in scrimmages

August 13, 2011

The lights of high school football glistening at Newton-Conover’s Gurley Stadium for the FCA Jamboree on Friday.

The Jamboree featured two games, including two Catawba County teams in action. St. Stephens took on North Lincoln in the opening game, followed by Newton-Conover taking on Hibriten.

Featured at the event were two 15-minute periods, two 10-minute periods and one 40-minute continuous scrimmage period between each of the two teams.

August 12th

Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 12, 2011

Marguerite Collins Mitchell, 95, of Abernethy Laurels, Newton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.  The Mitchell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Clayton Larry Mooneyham, 62 of Hickory passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at his residence.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Clayton Larry Mooneyham.

School progress

August 12, 2011

With a new school year set to begin soon, Newton-Conover City Schools leaders are already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 school year.

That's when the school system's new $20.8 million middle school will officially open to students. While the school won't officially open until August 2012, system officials said this week it should be complete well before then.

Check scams threaten Claremont

August 12, 2011


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


That’s what authorities are telling area residents about mail scams that are costing some Catawba County residents money and personal security.


The scams mostly come in the form delivery and electronic mail, authorities say, and they can give thieves access to personal bank information if not handled properly.


Tammy G. Sigmon, of Claremont, received a check in the mail through FedEx this week for $3,000. The check was supposedly sent through Key Bank NA in Brooklyn, Ohio from WakeFern Food Corp. in New Jersey.

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