September 26th, 2011
Lena Faye Abernethy Cline, 68, of Robinson Road, Newton, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cline family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Pieces of a recreation trail in Newton and Conover were in the spotlight on Sunday, even as dark rain clouds threatened.
Leaders in both cities dedicated segments of the Carolina Thread Trail â€“ a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the countiesâ€™ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.
Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conoverâ€™s city council lifted a white sheet off a sign that marks the Thread Trail on a stretch of the Gateway Trail off 1st Street.
A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton manâ€™s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.
Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Authorities returned to Leathermanâ€™s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.
Fish said Leathermanâ€™s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.
After a torrential downpour drowned Carolina on Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds just in time for the Panthers.
With 6:44 left in the Panthersâ€™ final quarter against Jacksonville, quarterback Cam Newton engineered a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive to help give Carolina a 16-10 lead. Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen for a 16-yard touchdown play, and the rookie quarterback found his favorite target again for the ensuing two-point conversion.
With the game tied 13-13 and 8:30 left to play, the Bandys Trojans began to march. And march.Â And march.
Nineteen plays, 80 yards and 6:21 later, Bandysâ€™ Dominque Young rushed five yards into the end zone to help give the Trojans a 20-13 lead, and a victory over the visiting Newton-Conover Red Devils.
â€śThat is what we have to do,â€ť Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of the long late-game drive. â€śOur guys have figured that out. They know we canâ€™t rush. We canâ€™t hurry. We have to try to methodically, move the chains, move the chains, move the chains.â€ť
South Iredell made an emphatic statement Friday against Bunker Hill: they are the reigning Catawba Valley Athletic Conference champions, and they are here to stay.
The Vikings (6-0, 2-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense, including a combined 452 yards from quarterback Adrian Whitener and running back Cameron Mattox, crushing the Bears in Claremont, 49-2.
Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner compared Fridayâ€™s contest to a race at a dog track.
James “P.J.” Paul Stanley, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.The Stanley family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Charles Ray Burke, 75, of Maiden, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. Arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary.
Filing for Claremontâ€™s city council race will re-open on Monday after the recent death of incumbent James â€śPJâ€ť Stanley.
Stanley, a 2011 incumbent who has served as a city councilman since 1987, died Wednesday after a short fight with leukemia.
The Catawba County Board of Elections announced on Friday that it will re-open filing for the council race from Monday until Wednesday.
Only two other candidates have filed for the race at this time â€“ incumbents Nicky E. Setzer and M. Dale Sherrill. There are three open seats on the Claremont City Council.
Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and county leaders saw what they called the future of health care training and workforce development Friday at Catawba Valley Community College.
CVCC presented its 28,000-square-foot regional simulated hospital on the fifth floor of the campus' Cuyler Dunbar Building in Hickory.
There is a hospital inside Catawba Valley Community College. On Friday, it came to life.
In a simulated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), second-year student Ethel Downey pulled a hunk of innards from the chest of a â€śgunshot victim.â€ť She lifted it up for her fellow students and audience to see, and a line of fake blood squirted from the â€śpatientâ€™sâ€ť sliced artery and hit her on the forearm.
â€śYou got me that time,â€ť she said to fellow student Leslie Casey, who was controlling the reproduced blood palpitations. Downey looked at the patient simulator and continued operating.