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September 27th, 2011

DWI causes moped wreck

September 28, 2011

A Conover man faces a charge of driving while impaired after he wrecked his moped Tuesday morning on N.C. 16.

Gregory Eugene Shook, 51, was impaired by medication, not alcohol, when he lost control of his scooter just before 5 a.m., said Trooper B.K. Perkins of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Perkins said the first person to arrive after Shook's accident was Keith Cranor of Roan Mountain, Tenn.

"He found him across the center line of the road, called 911 and waited," Perkins said of Cranor.

Shook was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Hickory man charged in fatal 321 crash

September 28, 2011

Alcohol was involved in a Sunday crash on U.S. 321 that killed a woman, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Tyler Harold Shull, 27, of Hickory, is charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after a crash that killed 21-year-old Jessica Justice of Stanley.

Shull, with Justice in the passenger seat, was driving his 2008 Volkswagen Passat north on 321 when he hit a 1996 Jeep SUV driven by Brooke Nicole Shipman of Clyde.

Indians win behind Bruce's slow-roller

September 27, 2011

Surviving weather conditions and a tough opponent on Monday, the St. Stephens soccer team picked up a big conference victory against rival Fred T. Foard.

Sophomore Luke Bruce scored a goal for the Indians (5-1-1, 3-0-1) in the 62nd minute of the game and held off a late game charge by the Tigers (8-5-1, 3-2-0) to earn the win.

“Foard is one of the toughest teams in the conference,” said Indians coach Chris Nelson. “We knew we had to come ready to play. The guys worked really hard out there.”

September 26th

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011

Lena Faye Abernethy Cline, 68, of Robinson Road, Newton, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cline family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Happy trails

September 27, 2011

Pieces of a recreation trail in Newton and Conover were in the spotlight on Sunday, even as dark rain clouds threatened.

Leaders in both cities dedicated segments of the Carolina Thread Trail – a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the counties’ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.

Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conover’s city council lifted a white sheet off a sign that marks the Thread Trail on a stretch of the Gateway Trail off 1st Street.

Police find pipe bomb in Newton

September 27, 2011

A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton man’s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.

Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish.

Authorities returned to Leatherman’s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.

Fish said Leatherman’s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.

September 25th

Panthers weather the storm

September 26, 2011

After a torrential downpour drowned Carolina on Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds just in time for the Panthers.

With 6:44 left in the Panthers’ final quarter against Jacksonville, quarterback Cam Newton engineered a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive to help give Carolina a 16-10 lead. Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen for a 16-yard touchdown play, and the rookie quarterback found his favorite target again for the ensuing two-point conversion.

September 24th

Trojans score late, beat Red Devils

September 24, 2011

With the game tied 13-13 and 8:30 left to play, the Bandys Trojans began to march. And march. And march.

Nineteen plays, 80 yards and 6:21 later, Bandys’ Dominque Young rushed five yards into the end zone to help give the Trojans a 20-13 lead, and a victory over the visiting Newton-Conover Red Devils.

“That is what we have to do,” Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of the long late-game drive. “Our guys have figured that out. They know we can’t rush. We can’t hurry. We have to try to methodically, move the chains, move the chains, move the chains.”

Vikings tally 537 yards, clobber Bears

September 24, 2011

South Iredell made an emphatic statement Friday against Bunker Hill: they are the reigning Catawba Valley Athletic Conference champions, and they are here to stay.

The Vikings (6-0, 2-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense, including a combined 452 yards from quarterback Adrian Whitener and running back Cameron Mattox, crushing the Bears in Claremont, 49-2.

Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner compared Friday’s contest to a race at a dog track.

September 23rd

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24, 2011

James “P.J.” Paul Stanley, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.The Stanley family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Charles Ray Burke, 75, of Maiden, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. Arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary.

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