June 6th, 2011
Some of college baseballâ€™s finest players assembled in Catawba County for another season of the Catawba Valley Stars baseball team.
The Stars, which consist of college baseball players from different schools around the country, play in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The team has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The league consists of eight teams, and the Stars play a grueling schedule of 65 games in 75 days.
Also on the Starsâ€™ schedule are non-league teams from the Coastal Plains League, Independent League and MLB Rookie League.
Hickory golfer J.T. Poston shot a 32 to win Mondayâ€™s nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic at Rock Barn.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail finished third with a 35. Fred T. Foardâ€™s Sterling Cline and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished with 37s, which were tied for the fourth best score.
Udean Burke has 42 Prevost motorcoach buses at Christian Tours on N.C. 16. Each of them is 45 feet long.
Currently, when one of Burkeâ€™s fleet heads toward Newton, they simply take a left out of the Christian Tours parking lot and drive a few miles into town â€” no problem.
However, plans are in the mix to widen N.C. 16 as North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials want to make the highway four lanes with a median separating the north and south directions.
Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass a budget that will lower the
property tax rate by one half cent to 53 cents per $100 of valuation.
The county's budget will impact about 34 jobs, including about 10
building inspector positions that will be eliminated. During the last
four years, reductions to the county budget have impacted about 100
The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14
A local manufacturing company is considering an expansion that will bring 19 new jobs to the area.
Dalco Nonwovens, which manufactures non-woven textiles for automotive, landfill and furniture applications, is planning a $9 million expansion to its current facility in Conover. The expansion would retain 33 jobs and create 19 more.
Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement with Dalco on Monday that will grant the manufacturing company about $57,780 during three years.
Joyce Fern Booth, 74, died June 3, 2011. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Jenkins Funeral Home.
John Franklin Hunsucker Sr., 87, of Newton, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Hunsucker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Shawn Lebo's two young children went outside their N.C. 16 home to "enjoy the breeze" that preceded thunderstorms into southeastern Catawba County on Sunday evening.
"We had a trampoline over there, and the next thing you know the wind picked the trampoline up," Lebo said, adding the sight sent his children running back inside. "I looked out and you couldn't see anything."
With dark clouds surrounding the Denver area home, Shawn said hail began to fall, and moments later an oak tree uprooted and fell on the house, crushing his two children's bedrooms on the north side of the house.
As the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn approaches, tournament directors are looking to salute a group of citizens â€śthat donâ€™t get enough praiseâ€ť â€“ veterans.
This week, men and women of the armed forces, active duty and veterans will receive free admission to the tournament, officials announced recently. Each â€śAmerican heroâ€ť will be allowed to bring one guest.
A Newton company will be featured Tuesday on the Nate Berkus Show after it donated materials for a remodeling project in New York City.
Lee Industries provided eight leather dining chairs, four leather bar stools, two sofas, four apartment sofas and eight occasional chairs for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in New York City.
Bondi Coley, Lee Industries marketing manager, said the business was asked to partner in the project because of its American-made merchandise.
Hickory Police think Friday's murder is drug-related.
Eric Lynn Icenhour, 25, of Taylorsville, and his girlfriend, Michelle Buff Brower, 37, of Lawndale, were sitting in a 2011 Chevrolet HHR at about 3 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Second Street Southwest when someone fired several shots using a rifle at the couple, according to a police report. Hickory Police said the gunshots seemed to be directed at Icenhour.