June 17th, 2011
Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.
As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants â€“ the forerunner of Catawba Countyâ€™s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.
The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.
During last weekâ€™s Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a local celebrity returned to his roots to participate in a charity golf event.
Ryan Succop, a former kicker for the Hickory Red Tornadoes and South Carolina Gamecocks, was one of a few celebrities to play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout.
Before the event got under way, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton sat down with Succop and interviewed him on a variety of topics.
Q: What has the journey been like going from Hickory High School a few years ago to the University of South Carolina and now to the NFL?
After four years at the University of North Carolina, a former St. Stephens grad is preparing for the national stage.
Patrick Johnson, a former standout on the Indiansâ€™ baseball team, will take the mound at 2 p.m. Saturday, as he guides the Tarheels (50-14) against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first game of the 2011 College World Series.
Johnson said moving from a senior at St. Stephens to a freshman at UNC was a difficult transition.
Several citizens voiced concern Thursday about a Catawba County development plan that will prompt more industrial business in rural and residential areas.
County planners unveiled new plans for the Eco-Tech Development initiative Thursday evening that will seek to expand upon the â€śnoticeable activityâ€ť around the U.S. 321 corridor. That noticeable activity refers to the Target Distribution Center, Apple Data Center and County Eco-Complex all constructed around the U.S. 321 corridor within the last five years.
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâ€™s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâ€™s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
â€śYou got to have patience,â€ť he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. â€śYou just have to wait.â€ť
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.
Ralph Arlie Rudisill, affectionately know as “Papa Moose,” 80, formerly of Claremont and Brian Center in Hickory, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Rudisill family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Gordon Arnold Beal, 69, of Maiden, passed away at his residence Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.
"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.
"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.
Catawba County Agri-tourism Day will be held Saturday, June 18. The day offers free family fun, self-guided tour of Catawba County farms and farm-related events.
The Agri-tourism Day is made possible with funding support from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Agricultural District signs are located on farmlands where the farmers committed to preserve the agricultural way of life.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) â€” A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.
The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.
The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.
A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.
Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.
Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.