Archive - 2012
Phyllis Eriksonâ€™s passion for orchids began 30 years ago. As hobbyists, Erikson and her husband, Dale, filled their home with orchids. Soon, they ran out of room, moved the orchids to an outdoor shed and quickly filled it.
â€śThat first winter, all our orchids froze,â€ť she said. â€śThatâ€™s when we built the greenhouse.â€ť
Erikson turned her hobby into an avocation, a vocation and now a business. Ironwood Estate Orchids is located behind the Eriksonsâ€™ home, nestled in the woods, with two greenhouses full of orchids in various stages of growth and bloom.
For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.
Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.
â€śWe did not expect that many people,â€ť said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. â€ś(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we werenâ€™t sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.â€ť
The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.
The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.
Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.
All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.
Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.
Anne Elizabeth Wilfong Baldwin, 76, of Whitewater, Wisc., died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are by Lunsford Funeral Home in Cuthbert, Ga.
A Newton man sentenced to life in prison for raping a young woman more than 20 years ago will be released in 2014, the state Parole Commission announced this week.
Wilford Russell Hicks was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, and was sentenced to life in prison.
According to detectives at the time of his arrest, Hicks and Samuel David Ramseur, both of the same address on East 2nd Street in Newton, raped a 26-year-old white woman on Feb. 27, 1990 on a dirt road off N.C. 10.
Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coachesâ€™ poll released Thursday.
Lenoir-Rhyne went 45-10 overall and 16-2 in league play in 2011, winning both the SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament championships.Â L-R received all but one of the preseason pollâ€™s first-place votes.
The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team â€” four on the first team and one player on the second team.Â
Seventh-grader Virginia Scarberry takes her lunch tray outside the Newton-Conover Middle School cafeteria on Wednesdays.
She settles into a seat at a classroom table, where she plays board games and talks about her life with a new friend, Jane Echerd.
â€śI like having someone I can talk to about my problems,â€ť Scarberry said recently over a game of Mosaic Mysteries and a meal of noodles, applesauce and chocolate milk.
Echerd is Scarberryâ€™s lunch-buddy mentor. The pair is among dozens who meet each week during lunch periods at Catawba County middle schools.
Two Hickory brothers are in custody after kidnapping, robbing and beating an employee of McGuireâ€™s Pub in Hickory early Thursday morning.
Hickory Police officials say Martin Cuellar Cervantez, 48, of Hickory, was driving home from his shift as a cook at McGuireâ€™s about 2 a.m. Thursday when he was stopped by two men at the intersection of 2nd Avenue Northeast and North Center Street near downtown.
Three Catawba County residents were among 21 arrested Thursday in the latest Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) drug sting.
â€¨In coordination with the U.S. Marshalâ€™s Office, LCSO launched â€śOperation 38 Specialâ€ť early Thursday morning. Officers sought 38 wanted suspects in the area, and 21 were caught.
Three of the suspects have Catawba County addresses.â€¨
* Travis Santel Ramseur, 33, of 306 Kilborne Drive in Newton, is charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; and sell and deliver marijuana. His bond is set at $20,000 secured. Â
Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, the first woman elected governor in the state, said Thursday she would not seek re-election this year because she believes a bid would make it more difficult to fund education.
Perdue has faced poor poll numbers, continued budget troubles and a campaign investigation while Republicans took over the Legislature last year.