October 28th, 2011
Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.
Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.
Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.
It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.
Big plays and big defense helped lift Bandys past Bunker Hill, 35-7, on Friday as the Trojans secured fourth place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference to conclude the season.
"I am happy with a win," Bandys coach Randy Lowman said, adding the victory helps avenge the Trojans' 49-20 loss to Bunker Hill last year. "They got us so fooled last year, we couldn't even play with them. Our defense played great tonight ... our guys played hard."
St. Stephens 25, Watauga 22
A Jon Sweet touchdown put the Indians ahead for good in a 25-22 senior night win. With the victory, St. Stephens becomes playoff eligible with four wins on the season.
Matt Williams tossed two touchdown passes for the Indians, who finish 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Northwestern Conference.
Sweet finished with two touchdowns on the night.
Sondra Regina Drum Crouse, 73, of South Oliver’s Crossroads, Newton, went home to be with her Heavenly Father, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Crouse Family.
Ruby Elizabeth Rinck Shrum, 80, of Buffalo Shoals Road, Maiden, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Shrum Family.
On Friday, Megan Cash was a zombie hair stylist.
It was 11:30 a.m., and she had already been working a while. Her face tattered with fake gashes of flesh and blood, she carefully lifted up a strand of a clientâ€™s hair and curled it a bit. She made a few adjustments, stepped backward and scratched her eyes doused in black mascara.
â€śYouâ€™re done,â€ť she said.
The client inspected Cashâ€™s work with an outstretched mirror. It looked good.
The Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office is investigating three recent larcenies at education facilities throughout the county.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said each theft, break-in or larceny was a separate incident and they are still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to call the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 828-464-5241.
Banoak School break-in
Police say unknown suspects broke into several trailers at Banoak Elementary School on Wednesday night and stole computers and stereo equipment.
An American Red Cross blood drive Thursday honored a longtime Catawba County public servant.
James Stanley was one of the first to roll up his sleeve at the drive in memory of his father, James â€śPJâ€ť Stanley, a Red Cross volunteer, Claremont council member, police officer and rescue worker.
PJ Stanley died Sept. 22.
The drive, held Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, collected 30 units of blood. Each lifesaving unit stood for what PJ Stanley spent his life doing â€” helping others.
Drivers can expect to see a strong law enforcement presence on Catawba County roadways from now through Halloween on Monday.
Officers begins the annual "Booze It & Lose It" Halloween campaign Friday night in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road.
In 2010, North Carolina tallied more than 139 alcohol-related crashes during the Halloween campaign â€” including four fatalities and 123 injuries. More than 2,300 officers also charged more than 700 North Carolina drivers with driving while impaired.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will interact with Catawba County residents Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Hickory.
Tillis will visit the auditorium at Catawba Valley Community College at 5 p.m.
"The speaker will get up and talk for about five minutes about what was accomplished in the last legislative session, likely about jobs and the economy," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for the Tillis office. "Then he'll open it up for questions. You ask what you want to talk about, and we'll talk about what you ask."
Assistant Register of Deeds Rita Beaver was named the Catawba County employee of the year this week.
Seven county employees were nominated, and Beaver was recognized with the award Tuesday night at the county's annual awards night at Catawba Valley Community College.
Beaver is a 35-year veteran of the deeds office. According to a release from the county, she receives praise from coworkers for excellent service, for being a patient instructor and for preserving the county's history.