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June 23rd, 2011

Storms continue in county

June 23, 2011

Access to one of Catawba County’s most historic structures is temporarily closed after strong storms and winds toppled over trees in the area.

Strong winds blew about five trees across the trail Wednesday that provides walking access to the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, forcing county officials to close the famous landmark temporarily.

“The trail is closed for a period of time until we can get the trees cut and cleared,” said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association. “The bridge was spared. The bridge is fine, and we are very grateful for that.”

Friday, June 24, 2011

June 23, 2011

Francis Betty Drum Lewis, 78, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence. 
The family will receive friends, prior to the service Saturday, from 1-1:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton.

Galilea Lemus Sanchez, infant daughter of Emma Sanchez Rojo and Carlos Lemus Barjas of Claremont, was born and died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Burial will be in the Garden of Angels section of Startown Jenkins Cemetery.

Bobcats open to trade offers ahead of draft

June 23, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With a revamped front office and a roster in need of upgrades, Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats have a message for the rest of the NBA.

Anyone want to deal?

Holding the ninth and 19 picks in Thursday's NBA draft, the Bobcats are considering a variety of options to jump-start their rebuilding process. They've discussed packaging both picks to move up in the draft. They'll consider trading one of the picks for a veteran. And nearly every player on the roster is available in a larger deal for the right price.

Hickory Post 48 earns sweep of Asheville

June 23, 2011

For the third straight day, Hickory Post 48 was in action at Hinkel-Alley Field.

After dropping its last couple of games, Hickory managed to break through that slump with a sweep of Asheville in a Wednesday doubleheader.

Hickory 3, Asheville 2

Post 48 (6-7) was led in the game one victory by pitcher Jacob Hoyle. He had three of Hickory's five hits in the game, including two doubles and a single.

Hoyle was also dominate from the mound, pitching all seven innings. He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out seven Asheville batters.

Singing Sisters Honor Zahra

June 23, 2011

When the news broke about 10-year-old Zahra Baker, a city reeled in shock and pain. Soon, shock waves resounded throughout the world as millions learned of her death and dismemberment.
A Hickory teenager, deeply moved, wrote a song for Zahra.

June 22nd

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 22, 2011

Lawrence “Larry” William Volker, beloved husband, stepfather, brother and good friend, was tragically taken June 15, 2011, at age 60.  The Volker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 
 

League of Women discuss economy

June 22, 2011

League of Women Voters (LWV) spoke with members of the community Tuesday about the economy and its affect on children and families.

Topics included how the economic and political situations have affected their areas, groups and organizations; and ways the community can support these agencies.

Bellas placed on leave

June 22, 2011

The lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case is on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with a DWI on Tuesday.

Catawba County's assistant district attorney Eric Robert Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach at about midnight Monday when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle, according to Sunset Beach Police reports and reliable O-N-E sources.

Pier 150 fire investigation continues

June 22, 2011

Despite an arson incident report, the fire that destroyed the Pier 150 restaurant in Sherrills Ford on Saturday is still being investigated, county fire officials said Wednesday.

A Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report dated June 18 listed the Pier 150 seafood restaurant as the victim of arson, but Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said that is not the case.

"The sheriff's department is not investigating that fire — we are," Pettit said. "Arson has not been named in the case."

Officials approve e-payments, despite fee

June 22, 2011

Newton residents will soon have the option to pay their utility bills electronically, but they will pay a $3.60 fee to do so.

Despite apprehensive comments from a concerned Newton citizen, the Newton City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to provide an electronic payment service to its city customers through NCO Financial Services next year. The one-year contract with NCO will allow customers to pay their monthly utility bills on the Internet or on the phone with debit cards, credit cards or electronic checks. For their service, NCO charges a $3.60 flat fee per transaction.

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