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Archive - Apr 2013

April 30th

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013

James Daniel “Jimmie” Bolick, 83, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013 at Catawba Valley Assisted Living at Rock Barn. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of James Daniel Bolick and condolences may be left at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Maiden man wins Doc Watson Guitar Championship

April 30, 2013

Maiden musician Michael Ballard won the MerleFest 2013 Doc Watson Guitar Championship contest on Friday, April 26.

“I think MerleFest is the best festival in the United States,” Michael Ballard told crowd at the Austin Stage – and that was before he won MerleFest’s annual Doc Watson Guitar Championship.

Accident blocks busy road

April 30, 2013

A lunchtime single vehicle accident Tuesday, on West 7th Street in Newton closed the road for an hour.

A 2003 Mazda van driven by Lesley Craig, 46, from Hickory, was traveling east on West 7th Street when she drove off the side of the road and failed to regain control for 375 feet before striking a guard rail and coming to a rest at the entrance to the Greenway Trail.

Panthers agree to terms with 13 undrafted rookies

April 30, 2013

The Carolina Panthers were busy on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with 13 undrafted rookie free agents.

Many deem this signing period after the NFL Draft as the "eighth round," where teams agree to terms with players who were not selected during last week's draft.

Maiden gymnast Mia Fowler thriving through injury

April 30, 2013

About two and a half months ago, Mia Fowler suffered a painful Achilles injury, but that hasn’t slowed her down.

The Maiden freshman continues to excel in gymnastics despite being limited by hardened fluid in her right Achilles tendon.

April 29th

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 29, 2013

Mary Jane Wilson Hefner, 95, of Newton died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. The Hefner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Hickory Springs breaks ground

April 29, 2013

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated solutions companies and international supplier of components to the transportation, furniture, bedding and a growing number of diversified markets, recently broke ground for a new, 10,000-square-foot foam tech lab in Conover.

3 county tennis squads in dual team playoffs

April 29, 2013

Three prep tennis teams from across Catawba County are in the 2A and 3A dual team playoffs.

Newton-Conover and Bandys qualified from the CVAC, while Hickory made the 3A playoffs.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the pairings officially on Monday.

BREAKING: Weather forces sports postponements

April 29, 2013

Weather has forced several changes in the prep sports schedule around Catawba County today. Below are all postponements:

Prep baseball
Bunker Hill at Bandys, ppd., 7 p.m. Tuesday
Maiden at Draughn, ppd., 7 p.m. Tuesday
W. Caldwell at Newton-Conover, ppd., 7 p.m. Tuesday

Prep softball
Bunker Hill at Bandys, ppd., 5 p.m. Tuesday

April 27th

Panthers cap last day of NFL Draft with value picks

April 28, 2013

The Carolina Panthers sought after the best overall value players in the third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday.

The team drafted Valdosta State guard Edmund Kugbila in the fourth round, selected Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein in the fifth round and chose Oregon running back Kenjon Barner in the sixth round.

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