January 28th, 2011
It all started with a photograph.
Conover resident Don Barker snapped a picture of the 1982 graduating class of Newton-Conover High School sitting at the bleachers in Gurley Stadium.
Fast forward 29 years, and that same picture now appears in the major motion picture, "Leaves of Grass."
The picture is simple enough: seniors smiling and sitting primly together in seven rows. There was something special about the photo, however, and it caught the eye of NCHS graduate Sarah Parker, who works in movie post-production for Leaves production company.
Twenty-five years ago, the country watched in anticipation as seven astronauts prepared to lift off into space.
Seventy-three seconds later, the country watched with horror as those seven lives were lost in a massive explosion on the Challenger space shuttle.
Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, an event that Catawba County residents say is akin to Sept. 11, 2001 or the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
Tax season is under way.
But in light of new rules taking effect this tax season, some residents could be forced to look for new tax preparers.
Internal Revenue Service guidelines mandate more stringent identification of who tax preparers are, making it more difficult for just anyone to file a tax return.
Required preparer identification number
William Neil Setzer, 76, of Catawba, passed away Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after a brief illness. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Setzer family.
James Edward Devine, 81, passed away at the VA hospital in Salisbury on Jan. 27, 2011. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Devine family.
A home run for the Crawdads.
The 2011 Hot Stove Banquet didnâ€™t disappoint the public and showcased a variety of local and national baseball teams.
Mark Seaman, Crawdads general manager, discussed the 2010 season on and off the field.
Last season, the Crawdads finished 75-64, which was second best in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.
Hickory also clinched the first-half division.
â€śThis is probably the largest turnout we have had at the Hot Stove,â€ť Seaman said. â€śWe appreciate everyone coming out and kicking off the 19th season of Crawdads baseball.â€ť
Neither Adam nor Elisa Baker were in attendance Thursday when District Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards agreed to continue their cases until April.
After receiving almost 140 applications for Newton's vacant city clerk position, the city's manager is paring down the applicant pool in hopes of making a hire next month.
The city clerk position is among a few job openings the city is currently advertising.
Heaven. Prophet. Miracle.
The words alone inspire and uplift.
And when those words are attached to 1,000-pound horses, their ability to do seemingly impossible things only grows.
Heaven, Prophet and Miracle are three therapy horses at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont. The farm specializes in therapeutic riding to help individuals overcome or manage physical disabilities, emotional issues and developmental delays.
The latest group of people to benefit from Rising Hope Farm is men and women serving in the country's armed forces.
George “Joe” Ulan Dellinger, 79, of Conover, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his residence. The Dellinger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Archibald “Archie” Ruben Barkley, 89, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Barkley family.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for an unknown suspect who broke into a store and stole cash from a Conover store.
An employee from the Dollar General on N.C. 16 North in Conover arrived at work Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and discovered something wasn't right.
"She came in that morning and noticed the alarm wasn't working," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The employee walked to the store's office area, which was ransacked and covered in muddy footprints. That's when she called the sheriff's office.