Archive - Jan 23, 2014
Brad Tompkins may be the best kept secret in Catawba County.
Tompkins works for the city of Newton as tree trimmer. His job is not what makes him special, though. Itâs want he creates outside of work that does.
After Tompkins trims trees down, he turns them into works of art. Tompkins uses his chainsaw to sculpt animals such as bears, eagles and frogs.
After receiving rave reviews from all constituents, the âChampions Courseâ at Rock Barn Golf & Spa will return for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, which is set for Oct. 13-19 in Conover.
Hickory poet Scott Owens was featured on Garrison Keillorâs National Public Radio show, âThe Writerâs Almanacâ on Thursday.
Owensâ poem, âCleaning House,â from his new collection âEye of the Beholderâ was read aloud by Keillor on this daily nationally syndicated radio and online show. Readers can still hear the poem at writersalmanac.publicradio.org.
More than 100 people turned out at Newton-Conover High School on Thursday night to meet their new head football coach, Matt Beam.
Beam spoke to everyone in attendance before talking with parents, players and supporters one on one.
They say its hard to beat a team once and even harder to do it twice.
The Newton-Conover boys basketball team has that opportunity tonight on the road against West Caldwell.
The Red Devils have already beaten the Warriors 59-56 on Dec. 19, 2013 in both teamâs conference openers.
A debilitating back injury cost Jordan McGinnis most of his junior season on the basketball court.
The St. Stephens senior turned his agony on the court into creativity off it.
McGinnis first discovered the back injury during the summer of 2012 while attending a recruit camp at West Virginia University.
Claude Avery Ballard, Jr., age 69, of Newton, died Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 at his residence. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Freedom Biker Church of Hickory, 1385 33rd St SE, Conover, NC 28613.