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May 23rd, 2011

Storm drain box failure causes sinkhole

May 23, 2011

Hickory Public Utilities crews and state-hired contractors say the cause of a U.S. 70 sinkhole is a storm drain junction box failure.

The sinkhole, which happened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, closed traffic between Chili's and Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley. Crews worked Friday and Saturday to stabilize the hole, repair the damaged infrastructure and install a new junction box.

The existing storm drain under U.S. 70 SE is damaged, and N.C. Department of Transportation will contract to bore a new storm drain crossover pipe in the coming days. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 23, 2011

Harvey Lee Teague, 75, of Claremont, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Teague family.

Daisy Queen Smyre, 90, of Newton, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton.  The  Smrye family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

'Pendulum Swings' draws crowd

May 23, 2011

Area residents flocked to the Carolina Theater in Hickory on Sunday for a screening of the area-filmed movie "Pendulum Swings."

The film, shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was shot in 86 different locations in North Carolina, including Newton, Conover, Hickory, Morganton and Statesville, among others.

"It's not often that you get to go to see a film that was shot locally and also get to meet some of the actors," said "Pendulum Swings" Director Bill Rahn.

Rahn, who lives in Morganton, was at the Carolina Theater on Sunday along with Reginald Blunt, an actor from the film.

Tree nearly kills man

May 23, 2011

A Claremont man is lucky to be alive after storms caused a large tree to fall on his car Sunday.

Brandon Pennell, 26, was driving down First Avenue South in Conover on Sunday night when high winds uprooted a 200-year-old oak tree onto the top his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The large tree crushed the car, pinning Pennell in the driver's seat briefly before being taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center. After doctors tested him for serious injuries, Pennell was released with a sprained back and minor lacerations to his knee and hand.

May 20th

Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 20, 2011

Samuel Eugene “Gene” Punch, 84, of Newton, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Punch family.

T. Dwight Josey, 78, of Maiden, passed away at his residence Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home.

Students get NASA internships

May 20, 2011

Three Challenger Early College High School students will work with NASA this summer as part of several internship programs.

Kathryn Alley, Brittany Shepherd and Kristi Chang, all juniors, are the first students from Challenger to be selected for the NASA internships.

"I'm extremely proud of all three of them," said Tim Adams, who teaches earth and environmental science at Challenger. "This is a great opportunity; it's something they can put on their resume for the rest of their lives."

Teamwork saves lives

May 20, 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.

More than a firefighter

May 20, 2011

Keith Bost’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 “only 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 there’s rarely a time when the men of Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue aren’t training, drafting fire plans or testing hydrants, hoses or vehicles.

And that’s all just before the emergency call alarm sounds.

Richards continues camp for over 20 years

May 20, 2011

The first stop on Cody’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.

Sinkhole is still being repaired

May 20, 2011

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.

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