August 4th, 2011
The N.C, General Assembly added five more instructional days to the 2011-12 school calendar, but that doesn't mean Catawba County's students will face any extra time in the classroom.
Instead, the county's teachers will.
The rubber match between Hickory and Hagerstown on the baseball diamond Wednesday was undoubtedly a no contest.
The Suns (60-48, 20-18) had 11 hits on offense, include a pair of two-run homers and a bases clearing triple.
The Crawdads offense, on the other hand, was anything, but hot. Hickory (63-44, 23-16) had five hits from the plate with three of those happening in the second inning.
Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning behind the two home runs by shortstop Jason Martinson and catcher Adrian Nieto. The homers brought in a total of four runs.
After a game between the Hickory Crawdads and Hagerstown Suns on Monday that featured a combined 33 hits and 27 runs, things cooled down just a bit Tuesday.
Both teams had five hits each through five innings, but their two strong bullpens allowed a combined three hits and no runs, allowing Hagerstown to take a 3-2 road win.
Hagerstown (59-48, 19-18) took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second, third basemen Sean Nicol singled over the head of second basemen Odubel Herrera to plate catcher David Freitas.
Jerry Benjamin Creech, 65, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at his residence. The Creech family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Charles Edward Presnell, 56, of Conover died Saturday, July 30, 2011. The Presnell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home and Cremations in Newton.
While Newton leaders say they are not compensated for providing emergency medical response to the rural fire district Newton Fire Department serves, county officials say that is not true. In addition, county leaders say Newton receives the same funding as other departments in the county âÂ and those departments provide medical first response.
Since 2008, unemployment rankings and income levels have been thrown around in conversation by politicians and the average citizen alike. While some believe the âGreat Recessionâ is nearing an end, others think the worst is yet to come. âšNeedless to say, economic statistics have filled debate about the financial âcrisisâ going on in the country.
For three straight years, Newton leaders have sought a 2-cent increase in the rural fire district tax levied on residents living within the 25 square miles the city's fire department serves.
And for three straight years, Catawba County officials have denied those requests.
Now, as the county seeks to renew a mutual aide fire protection agreement with fire departments countywide â an agreement that removes $2,400 those departments previously received â Newton leaders are the ones having reservations.
Newton banned parking along "Lover's Lane" near Newton-Conover High School, and some residents of the North Deal Avenue block aren't happy about it.
"I don't like it," said North Deal Avenue resident Red Reitzel.
Another resident of the street, Michael Jackson, said city officials should "leave it alone like it is," even though Newton Police says NCHS students are parking along the street to engage in drug and sexual activity.
A Vale man is in serious condition after his motorcycle crashed into steel cable dividing the median on U.S. 321.
N.C. Highway Patrol reports Noah Lopez, 23, of Vale, was driving his Buell motorcycle south on U.S. 321 at about 5 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control and ran off the road into the median near the River Road exit. His motorcycle then slammed into steel cables that divide the median.
Arie Taylor was in elementary school the first time she tried her hand at painting. She was a fourth-grader at Banoak School in rural Catawba County and was immediately enthralled by the simple fun of making a blank canvas glow.
âI thought it was fun; every single thing about it was fun,â Taylor said.
Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, art supplies were hard to come by, and Taylor said her newly found passion was shortly put on hold due to a lack of available supplies.
âThere was nowhere around here then that sold art supplies,â Taylor said.