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July 13th, 2011

Field conditions delay playoff game to Thursday

July 14, 2011

The fourth game between Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 was postponed on Wednesday due to field conditions.

The two teams will play game four on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Roy Waters, commissioner for the Legion State, said that if rain caused the final two games to be delayed any further, rules state that the series would go back to a best two-out-of-three format.

Because they have won two-out-of-three games, Hickory (18-9) would advance to championship round against either Queen City (22-7) or Cherryville (23-6). Cherryville currently leads that series, 2-1.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 13, 2011

Michael William Thomson, 47, of Maiden, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Valdese General Hospital in Valdese.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Maiden Wesleyan Church in Maiden with the Rev. Bob Scott officiating.

Donald “Donnie” Lee Roseman Jr., 39, of Conover, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  A private family viewing will be Friday at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.

City gets $333K grant for park

July 13, 2011

Conover received a $333,000 grant to create a park at Conover Station, which will add 48 percent to the city's park tally.

Conover Planning Director Lance Hight announced the city's receipt of a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant for $333,744 at a recent council meeting. This grant requires a 50/50 match with the city.

However, Hight said the city can leverage the PARTF grant with the Cleanwater Management Trust Fund grant for $415,719, which the city received earlier this year. The cleanwater grant provides most of the total matching fund payment.

Warlong building on its way to completion

July 13, 2011

The Warlong building at Conover Station is about four weeks behind schedule, but city officials say the setbacks are in part because of construction problems to the old building.

"The big thing is the complexity of the building," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "You have to open it up and discover how it was built."

The Warlong building was scheduled to be finished July 1, but the new completion date is Aug. 12.

School seeks parking ban for 'Lover's Lane'

July 13, 2011

Newton-Conover High School leaders want to prohibit parking on a street near school grounds because they believe students are going to the area to engage in sexual activity and deal drugs.

School seeks parking ban for 'Lover's Lane'

July 13, 2011

Newton-Conover High School leaders want to prohibit parking on a street near school grounds because they believe students are going to the area to engage in sexual activity and deal drugs.

Police nab Newton strangler

July 13, 2011

Police located and arrested the man Tuesday accused of strangling a 73-year-old woman to unconsciousness before stealing firearms from her apartment.

Newton Police charged Austin O’Brian Chislom, 17, of Newton, with attempted first-degree murder Tuesday after he and two others choked, strangled and stole from a Newton woman he lived beside nearly two weeks ago.

July 12th

Jr. Legion tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley

July 13, 2011

An eight-team American Legion Junior state tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley Field on the American Legion Fairgrounds.

The tournament will feature some of the best Junior Legion teams in the state. A total of 15 games between teams could be played through Tuesday.
Four teams qualified for spots in the tournament.

These include No. 1 Johnston County and No. 2 Cary from Area I, and No. 1 South Caldwell and the No. 2 Carolina Flames from Area IV. The Flames will be the host team for the tournament.

3 people sent to hospital

July 12, 2011

Personnel from Newton Fire and Police departments work to transfer a car-wreck victim to an ambulance on Tuesday at the intersection of Startown Road and N.C. 10 in Newton.

The two-car accident sent three people to the hospital, but authorities said none of the injuries were serious. Two people in a Buick Lacrosse and the driver of a Chevrolet truck were all taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center after the cars collided in the intersection.

Drunken argument leads to murder

July 12, 2011

An argument between impaired friends turned deadly early Tuesday morning when a Caldwell County man shot and killed a Conover resident outside his home, authorities said.

Caldwell County authorities arrested Ricky A. Annas, 50, of Granite Falls, later Tuesday and charged him with murder in the death of J.W. Smith Jr., 38, of Conover. He is being held at the Catawba County jail without bond.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting at about 1:49 a.m. to find Smith shot, according the sheriff’s report.

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