April 21st, 2011
Even though Saturday's tornadoes were miles away from Catawba County, that didn't stop area American Red Cross volunteers and employees from making a trip to help victims.
David Garrison, administrator for readiness and response with Catawba Valley American Red Cross, arrived Sunday with two other Red Cross volunteers to help feed victims.
"We have a partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men (organization)," Garrison said. "We buy the food, they prepare it, and we distribute it."
Margaret Elizabeth Houser Jenks, 80 of Vale, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her residence. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 5 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.
Jo Ann Harper returned to her roots.
Born and raised “in the country,” Harper’s family farmed and lived off the land.
Harper, a downtown Conover merchant and member of the merchant association, was one of three people instrumental in forming the Conover Farmers Market.
“We were brainstorming about ways to revitalize downtown Conover, and I asked the merchant’s association if they ever thought about having a farmer’s market,” Harper said.
A school bus full of students was rear-ended at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Bandys High School.
One vehicle hit the back of the school bus at 1158 Buffalo Shoals Road. There is minor damage to the vehicle and bus. No injuries reported.
The Bunker Hill girlsâ€™ soccer team got off on the wrong foot Wednesday â€” literally.
The Lady Bears (2-13-2) struggled against a strong West Iredell team. They had no shots on goal and allowed six goals to drop a non-conference game at home.
The Lady Warriors (12-6-0) scored four goals in the first period and added two early goals in the second period to come away with a 6-0 victory.
With warm weather on the horizon that can only mean one thing â€” L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse is now open.
Strawberry season started Monday, which is early for L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse.
Farm owner Lucas Richard said the best weather for strawberries is cool, dry temperatures. Berries donâ€™t typically start to bloom until March 15 or as late as March 20, he said.
â€śOur season usually runs from April 20 to June 15, (if lucky) we can go to the end of June,â€ť Richard said, who has owned the farm since 1995.
â€śIt just depends on if the weather can stay cool till the end of June.â€ť
To swim or not to swim?
That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.
Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.
"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."
Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.
The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a community celebration to remember Jesus' life.
First Presbyterian Church in Newton will host a Good Friday service at noon in the church's sanctuary. Mark Watson, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, said the service is expected to last about 45 minutes.
"It's a time to remember Jesus through scripture reading, meditation and liturgy," Watson said.
In addition to the quiet time and scripture message, Watson said participants will sing traditional hymns and hear a solo by Ann Aichinger, a pastor at New Vision Church in Conover.
Charles Ray Poovey, 86, of Newton, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Poovey family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Norman Eugene Deal, 68, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Deal family.
An abandoned house caught fire Tuesday night, and officials are seeking information on its cause.
At 10:19 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters responded to a fire in a wooded area that involved an old abandoned house at 3760 11th St. NE.
No injuries were reported in the fire, and damage estimates are being compiled.
Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one tanker, and one command vehicle. Due to the size of the woods fire, HFD called for two additional tankers.
A tanker from St. Stephens Fire Department also responded to the scene.Â