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May 3rd, 2011

Turbocoating gets $260K in possible incentives

May 3, 2011

Catawba County will provide up to $260,000 to Turbocoating Corp. USA after its recent announcement to locate its first United States operation in Hickory.

Turbocoating plans to create at least 80 new jobs paying an average wage of $50,000 per year and invest $13 million in four years for machinery and equipment, according to Julie Pruett, director of recruitment for Catawba County Economic Development Corp. However, it's also possible Turbocoating can invest $15 million and 110 new jobs in five years.

May 2nd

Harvey, Trojans end Bears’ perfect season

May 3, 2011

The Hunter found his prey on Monday.

The Bandys baseball team, led by pitcher Hunter Harvey, denied Bunker Hill a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Harvey pitched a complete seven innings, striking out 10 batters, allowing five hits and two walks in the victory.

“Hunter threw great tonight,” said Bandys coach Frank Porter. “He is a young kid, only a sophomore. He was the difference.”

Bears coach Marty Curtis gave credit to Harvey after the game was over.

Postal workers fear consolidation, Town Hall meeting set

May 2, 2011

On Friday, 183 postal workers were informed they might either lose their jobs or travel to Greensboro for work after threats of a mail processing consolidation.

Norman Allen, of Claremont and an employee with the Hickory Processing and Distribution Center in Conover, asked for support from Catawba County Commissioners on Monday during the commissioners' scheduled meeting to stop the mail processing center consolidation.

No Death Penalty

May 2, 2011

A 19-year-old accused of shooting and mutilating his roommate won't face the death penalty.

During an administrative hearing in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, prosecutors with 25th Judicial District Attorney's office said they won't seek the death penalty against Michael Joseph Anderson.

During a 9-1-1 call Feb. 14, Anderson confessed to shooting Stephen Starr with a shotgun before using an axe to mutilate the victim's body.

Anderson also told 9-1-1 dispatchers he "took some pills" that made him "go mad."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 2, 2011

Kathy Ann Sheffield Hughes, 55, of Claremont, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Brian Center East.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 3, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home.

Rev. Gareth Drew “Garry” Ballard, 77, of Hickory, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his residence.  The Ballard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.

BIN LADEN DEAD, 'buried at sea'

May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy. The stunning news of his death prompted relief and euphoria outside the White House and around the globe, yet also deepening fears of terrorist reprisals against the United States and its allies.

Missing swimmer's body found

May 2, 2011

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The body of an 18-year-old North Carolina man has been found in Myrtle Beach.

The body of Jeremy Lee Truitt of Maiden, N.C., was found about 1 p.m. Sunday by lifeguards and the Myrtle Beach Police Department's beach patrol.

Truitt had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says the death has been ruled an accidental drowning and no autopsy is planned.

Police say Truitt was one of three teens swimming together when he disappeared beneath the water.

April 29th

New start for old house

April 29, 2011

Two women stood beside a simple brick house, gazing fondly at the structure like an old friend.

For one woman, the house is her past. For the other, it is her future.
Clydie Hunsucker Beal, of Conover, grew up in the two-story house on N.C. 16. Her parents, Clyde and Ruby Hunsucker, built the house in 1948 after her father returned home from serving in World War II.

"He planted everything on the property," Beal said. "He said he wore out three shovels planting."

NCMS organizes charity tournament

April 29, 2011

Next weekend, the Newton and Conover communities will bond to help one its own.

A 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament is being organized for former Newton-Conover High School boys' basketball coach Steve Lytton, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

The "Play It Forward" tournament, which is 8 a.m. May 7 at Newton-Conover Middle School, will benefit Lytton in his fight against cancer.
The idea for the tournament was originally established by one of Lytton's relatives.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 29, 2011

Rachel Mae Heavner Williams, 78, of Denver, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Williams family.

Dakyron Demonte Alexander Scott, 2, of Hickory, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence.  
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Garden of Angels section of Startown Jenkins Cemetery.  

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