May 16th, 2011
Douglas James Gajus Jr., 45, of Sherrills Ford, passed away May 13, 2011, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.
Margie Mae Earle Williams, 71, of Vale, died Friday, May 13, 2011. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Justin Houser officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
A Maiden man is fighting for his life after a chemical explosion left his lungs, throat and body burned last week.
Jeff Walker, 43, was airlifted to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Burn Center on Wednesday after a mixture of pool chemicals exploded outside his brother's residence at 709 W. School St. in Maiden.
Walker, who works for the town of Maiden's water and sewer department, is on life support and in critical condition, family members said Monday.
After trying to survive over an hour rain delay and 12 strikeouts, the Bunker Hill baseball teamâ€™s season is over.
The Bears lost to Starmount at home on Friday. The Bears finished with a 26-2 record.
Impressive in victory was Starmount pitcher Alex Barr, who struck out 12 batters and allowed four hits in six innings pitched.
The Rams (17-8) went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning. After third basemen Tanner Mathis reached base on a two-out single, catcher Jake Barr hit a two-run homer off of Bearsâ€™ pitcher Jeremy Null.
About five St. Stephens High School students were allegedly involved in an attempted armed robbery Wednesday.
Hickory Police are investigating an incident, where a 17-year-old victim said he was forced into a silver Volkswagon Jetta, pistol whipped and later drug from the vehicle. The victim said the incident started at a house on 37th Avenue Northeast on Wednesday.
The victim to Hickory Police that when he was able to be released from the vehicle, he got into another car and attempted to follow the Jetta.
Marnice Russell Beaman, 92, of Newton, formerly of Albemarle, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Beaman family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Jeremy “Bird” Eugene Frye, 25, of Claremont passed away Friday, May 13, 2011, due to an automobile accident. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Frye family.
Maiden residents could likely see a drop in their property tax rate for the next fiscal year.
If passed by town officials, the proposed tax break will save town residents nearly $80,000 and can be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.
Though the town of Maiden will lose revenue with the cut, town officials feel that money would be better left in taxpayersâ€™ pockets.
â€śUnlike other towns, weâ€™ve had some great economic news,â€ť said Todd Herms, Maiden town manager. â€śThe council though it was right to only tax to the level that was needed.â€ť
Taxes may not be increasing in Conover, but city residents could see an increase in their water, sewer and landfill expenses.
â€śWeâ€™ve seen a huge increase in costs,â€ť said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr., adding most of the increase is coming in energy costs.
â€śWhen fuel costs go up, everything goes up.â€ť
The people are what makes Michael Reno thrive on stage.
Reno, a storyteller and musician, said being on stage and interacting with an audience is where his material starts.
"The audiences are the reason I keep going," Reno said. "People liked to be talked to and told stories."
That's why Reno chose to participate in the second annual Music and Mud event May 21 at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton. Reno participated in the event's first year, and he's has been traveling the United States and Europe for more than 40 years telling stories and singing music.
The Catawba Valley Community Chorus scheduled for Friday at Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Newton was canceled due to a death in the director's family.
A concert will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive in Hickory.
As long as Juanita Sigmon can remember, she has looked at the world around her and thought about how she might paint it.