November 26th, 2010
Melvin Haskell Carroll, 71, of Lincolnton, passed away Nov. 20, 2010, at CMC-Lincoln. Services are pending at this time.
Danny Lynn Barnett, 57, of Granite Falls, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.
Newton-Conover opened its season Tuesday with an easy win over St. Stephens. The Red Devils defeated the Indians 60-24 at Newton-Conover. The Red Devils led 21-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Red Devils were up 35-10 at halftime and 46-20 after the third quarter.
Newton-Conover had three players score in double figures Tuesday. Kadesha Gibbs led with a game-high 17 points and had five rebounds. Shynese Whitener scored 12 points, and Quazzy Tipps contributed 10.
Lauren Simmons led St. Stephens with six points.
Area churches offer opportunities for community members to give thanks for the blessings in their lives this holiday season.
Churches in Newton and Conover will gather at Abernethy Laurels' Spirit Place on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. The annual event brings together several area congregations for a joint worship and Thanksgiving service.
"It goes back to the pilgrims who joined together for a time of thanksgiving," said Abernethy Laurels Chaplain Larry Bolick.
Bolick is part of the area ministerial group, which meets twice a month to plan events in the community.
Catawba County Schools' search for a superintendent is another step closer to finding a new leader.
Monday was the North Carolina School Board Association's application deadline for the position. Allison Schafer, legal counsel and policy director for NCSBA, said the number of applications received is above the national average.
"We have at least 15 applications," Schafer said, adding the NCSBA staff will have a final number once mailed applications are received and e-mail spam folders are checked. "The national average is about 12 (applications per position)."
Flu season, a time of coughing, fever, chills and body aches, is under way.
It's not too late, however, to prevent the flu from ruining your holiday plans.
"Anytime is the right time to get your flu shot," said Lynne Laws, Community Health Services nurse supervisor at Catawba County Public Health. "Based on information from the (Center for Disease Control), the flu vaccine is effective all year."
More than 200 families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the collaboration of two community groups committed to serving the needy.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry partnered with Wal-Mart to distribute the makings of Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings Tuesday to area residents in need.
Wal-Mart donated 200 frozen turkeys so GHCCM clients will have a free, warm meal to enjoy Thanksgiving Day. The turkeys were packaged in a reusable Wal-Mart bag also stocked with stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and canned yams.
Tamarah Lynn Cunningham Paul, 43, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Earl Kivett Wallace, 79, of Claremont, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
The troubles with the Maiden boys basketball program are no secret. The Blue Devils did not win a game the entire 2008-09 season, and they won only one in the 2009-10 season.
Maiden beat Fred T. Foard in December 2009 in a non-conference game at Maiden. St. Stephens badly beat Maiden in its next game, and the Blue Devils did not win a game the rest of the season.
They ended the season 1-23 overall. That one win, however, showed improvement to third-year head coach Doug Miller and the player. Now, they want to show their opponents the team is improved since then.
It has been more than one week since police confirmed they located the remains of Zahra Baker, and police continue to gather information about what happened to Zahra in her final days.
Hickory Police Department Maj. Clyde Deal said police follow up on any information that could give them a clear picture of Zahra's death.
"Obviously, anything we come across that could be of interest to the case we will collect," Deal said.
HPD investigators conducted interviews Monday in the case, but Deal declined to say who was interviewed or what those interviews involved.
Two people died since Friday in two different crashes on N.C. 127.
The latest crash occurred Monday half a mile north of Cloninger Mill Road in Hickory.
Danny Lynn Barnette, 57, of Granite Falls, was traveling north on N.C. 127 about 11 a.m. when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger.