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September 2nd, 2011

Off-campus threats

September 2, 2011

As the prevalence of social media continues to grow in schools, age-old problems of name-calling, bullying and harassment have flourished on a whole new level.

"Once Facebook came in and became the social network of all the teens, I guess the kids think they can go on there and say anything they want to, even if they are not saying it out loud to other people," said Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger. "They think they can say anything they want to, and it often hurts people's feelings or causes conflict."

Carolina Panthers' preseason ends with 33-17 loss

September 2, 2011

The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.

Panthers’ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Newton also had one rush — a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last week’s game against Cincinnati.

September 1st

Behind Martin’s serve, Blue Devils win

September 1, 2011

When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.

Tied in the third game of the Blue Devils’ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.

Martin’s serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.

“We battled back when we needed to” said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. “Even though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.”

August 31st

Making the Midway

September 1, 2011

It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.

Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high “ride,” and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing “Himalaya” tilt-a-whirl.

The fair is back.

However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fair’s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.

County sections of I-40 get makeover

August 31, 2011

Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.

Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.

Tigers’ Mike Carey named 3A coach of the year

August 31, 2011

After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigers’ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.

Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.

“It’s the ‘cherry on top’ to our good season,” Carey said of the honor. “This is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.”

August 30th

Are you ready for disaster?

August 31, 2011

If Hurricane Irene told us anything, it’s that preparation for emergencies can be a significant, and potentially life-saving, matter.

Before you go buying protection for dust storms or dig an underground bunker for tornadoes, it’s important to know what types of emergencies are most frequent to Catawba County.

The county’s emergency management coordinator said general preparation is always good, but there are certain incidents in specific for which area residents need to be ready.

Catawba Red Cross chapter helps after Irene

August 31, 2011

The area chapter of the American Red Cross is sending more volunteers east to assist with clean-up and assistance efforts after Hurricane Irene.

The Catawba Valley chapter of the Red Cross is sending at least two more volunteers to counties in eastern N.C., adding to six volunteers and employees already helping out, said chapter Executive Director Suzan Anderson.

Serendipity weathers the storm

August 31, 2011

Serendipity--like a great lady—is standing regal and tall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.

The house made famous in the movie “Nights in Rodanthe”  is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan, of Newton, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan.

Marie Pordradsky Hewitt, 84, of Newton passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born March 25, 1927 in France, of Slovakian parents. She was French through and through.  The Hewitt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

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