May 20th, 2011
The success of Shane Morgan and Nick Farthing's teamwork can be the difference between life and death.
The two Catawba Valley Community College graduates have been working together two years, but they rely on each other daily to save lives.
Morgan and Farthing are one of the only permanent paramedic partners in Catawba County and work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. shift at the Emergency Medical Services base in Newton.
Keith Bostâ€™s crew will spend one-third of its life in a fire department.
Waking up at the crack of dawn, Bost said his 61 paid and volunteer firefighters, rescuers and paramedics may be the â€śonly people in Catawba County that work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. without sitting down or
taking a lunch break."
They work 24 hours on, then 48 hours off, and Bost said thereâ€™s rarely a time when the men of Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue arenâ€™t training, drafting fire plans or testing hydrants, hoses or vehicles.
And thatâ€™s all just before the emergency call alarm sounds.
The first stop on Codyâ€™s Camp Tour 2011 is the Newton-Conover volleyball camp.
The camp, which is operated by the coaching staff of the Newton-Conover volleyball program, focuses on fourth through ninth graders.
More than 20 girls participated in the two-week camp and its eight sessions.
Newton-Conover volleyball coach Linda Richards, who owns more than 700 victories in her coaching career at Fred T. Foard and Newton-Conover, has operated the camp for more than 20 years.
Richards said she focuses primary on one aspect with each of the campers.
Work on a sinkhole in Hickory may take the weekend to be repaired.
A sinkhole opened Thursday near in the entrance to Judge's Barbecue and Catering at 1975 U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, stopping traffic in both directions and causing problems for local business owners.
The hole, measuring about 18 feet deep by 12 feet wide, opened at about 3 p.m., according to Hickory Public Utilities workers. Several businesses' water was turned off while crews tried to fix the problem.
Tyler Barrymore hasnâ€™t played in a 2A state championship match. After Thursday, that all changed.
His play was critical in the Red Devilsâ€™ 7-2 victory over Shelby, which earned the team a fifth straight berth in state championship match.
Barrymore picked the perfect time to have the match of his young career at Newton-Conover.
The freshman rallied for one set down against Will Lutz to win the match on a third-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-4 (10-6).
As 1,000 Maiden High School students walked to Tom Brown Stadium on Thursday, they quickly realized they weren't about to watch a football game.
Sure, they got out of class for school presentations at their stadium before, but they had never seen anything like this.
A man accused of killing three people and seriously injuring another was indicted on additional charges.
A Catawba County grand jury indicted Everette Hewitt, 32, on Monday for first-degree burglary and robbery with a deadly weapon.
Hewitt is already charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Hewitt is currently in jail without bond.
Catawba County citizens are using words like "leader," "giant" and "go-getter" to remember a community icon who passed away earlier this week.
The Rev. Stanley Louis Stiver Jr., a pastor, community leader and avid collector of crosses died Monday at age 89 in Newton.
Stiver was a pastor for more than 60 years, spending 31 years of his
career at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont.
John William Thomas, 73, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his residence. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Ellen S. Pennigar, 85, of Sherrills Ford, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The Pennigar family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Two Lenoir-Rhyne University graduates, a choir tour to Europe and a desire to make people laugh brought Natasha Fox and Laura Greene together.
Fox, 24, and Greene, 26, were part of a radio show at L-R where the pair liked to "goof off" while on the show.
"We wrote comedy and tried to be a comedy band," Fox said.
The girls noticed their comedy act wasn't working, so the pair opted for something more musical. In 2008, the group became known as A Furry Greene Fox.