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July 29th, 2011

Hero's salute

July 29, 2011

Fire and rescue personnel offered a heroes salute to Asheville Fire Capt. Jeff Bowen at the Conover Boulevard West bridge of I-40 on Friday afternoon. Bowen, 37, died after suffering serious injuries while trying to see if anyone was trapped inside a burning office building in Asheville on Thursday. As his body was transported from a Winston-Salem hospital to Asheville on Friday, area fire and rescue personnel manned Catawba County bridges crossing I-40 to salute the fallen firefighter.

Arguments loom for Baker trial move

July 29, 2011

Elisa Baker’s attorney wants her trial moved outside Catawba County, but the state will argue on Monday that a fair trial can be found here.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid will hear oral arguments on Monday about Elisa’s trial being moved outside the county.

Elisa’s attorney, Scott Reilly, says the woman accused of murdering and dismembering her 10-year-old step-daughter, Zahra, cannot receive a fair trial in Catawba County because of prejudicial publicity surrounding the case.

Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither disagrees.

July 28th

Markley playing baseball in the Great White North

July 28, 2011

A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.

John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).

Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.

He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 28, 2011

Billy Martin Hunt, 84, of Greensboro, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Moses Cone Hospital.  The Hunt family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory.
Brown Laney Jr.

Ray Brown Laney Jr., 89, of West Main St., Maiden passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney Family.   

Passion for pilsner

July 28, 2011

Most people would find an anthropologist in a foreign country studying a culture or excavating remains of an ancient civilization, but not Steven Lyerly.

Lyerly, Olde Hickory Brewery (OHB) brewmaster, might have studied anthropology in college but found his true passion was making beer.

In college, Lyerly began homebrewing beer with his roommate who was given a homebrew kit for Christmas.

Impaired driver crashes, flees scene

July 28, 2011

An impaired driver tried to flee the scene of his own car accident in Newton on Thursday, but didn’t make it very far.

Police say Timothy R. Holiday, 49, of Shelby, was traveling north on Startown Road in Newton on Thursday when his 2005 Toyota Tundra ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility box. The car then continued across the intersection of N.C. 10 and hit a utility pole in front of the Kangaroo convenience store.

Crammed for space

July 28, 2011

Catawba County’s 9-1-1 communicators are in need of more space, but a planned expansion project to the existing Justice Center should help meet their needs, officials say. 
The county is in the design process of building a new 9-1-1 communication facility as part of an overall expansion project to the county’s Justice Center in Newton.

Self-Renaissance Led Artist to 3-D Jewelry

July 28, 2011

Ellen Ball cannot imagine life without art and creativity.
“As jazz great Miles Davis once said, ‘I would just wanna be dead if I couldn’t create,’” Ball said. “For me, it is as intrinsically necessary to being as breathing.”
Ball, 50, grew up in HIckory with creative parents in a household that included a painting studio, sewing room, workshop full of tools, art, music and books.
“There was no way I could not be an artist,” she said. “One of my first drawings was on the living room wall.”

July 27th

North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

July 27, 2011

North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.

The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."

Blue Devils teaching football, values at camp

July 27, 2011

Youngsters from throughout the area gathered this week at Maiden High School for the sixth annual Blue Devils football camp.

The camp, which started Monday and concluded Wednesday, features third- through seventh-graders working with members of the Maiden football program, including coaches and players.

Each camper takes a turn playing every position, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.

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