June 29th, 2011
Post 48 opened the first round of the Region IV playoffs Tuesday with a bang.
Hickory scored four runs in the first two innings and got strong pitching performances from Tyler Poole and Jeremy Null. The duo combined to strike out 12 Gaston batters and allowed one run, as Post 48 won the opening game of a best-of-five series against the Braves, 4-1.
Lincolnton â€” A Newton man was arrested in connection with a 2010 shooting incident outside a Denver bar.
Chad Eugene Moten, 34, of Newton, was arrested by Lincoln County sheriff's detectives and charged with attempted murder, after police got "a break in the case" on June 18.
On Jan. 1, 2010, Jeremiah Seth Hoyle got into an altercation with the suspect inside the Neat Martini Bar at 751 N. N.C. 16, according to Lincoln County detective Kelly Paris.
A rape survivor will share her story with area law enforcement, mental health clinicians and other local groups today to help educate working professionals about sexual violence.
Debbie Smith, and her husband Rob, will be the keynote speakers at the seventh annual Sexual Assault Response Team Conference held today from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover.
A Tennessee man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an unlicensed juvenile driver struck him in a Kmart parking lot in Conover.
Authorities and witnesses said a juvenile driver was exiting the Kmart parking lot off U.S. 70 in Conover at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when his
Kia Soul struck a 60-year-old man walking along the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the storeâ€™s entrance.
Conover Police Sgt. B. Lowdermilk said the white male victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and was â€śtalking and alert.â€ť
The juvenile driver was the only occupant in the car.
Newton Police were able to locate and arrest a Statesville man Tuesday that stole money from an area grocery store after distracting an employee.
Authorities say Burley Roberts Mayberry, 37, of Statesville, walked into the El Caporal grocery store in Newton at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store's cash register. Â
Sheila M. Sain, 65, of Conover, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 26, 2011, at her residence. The Sain family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Charles L. Bunn, 82, of Conover, died unexpectedly Monday, June 27, 2011, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
Janice Wilkinson Braswell, 70, of Conover, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at her residence.
Elisa Baker did not appear in court Tuesday because the judge presiding over her court cases was out of town.
A pre-trial hearing for Baker was postponed until July 14 on Tuesday after Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid filed an order last week that will make him the sole judge ruling over her cases. Kincaid was outside Catawba County on Tuesday in Gastonia, said Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson.
Catawba County Schools transportation funds were cut 2.5 percent "across the board," according to the state education budget. With the decrease, CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger recommended the board consider implementing ways to reduce overtime. One idea includes hiring 62 contract bus drivers.
In essence, these 62 individuals will be part-time employees with CCS, which will help the school system reduce overtime funds. Barger said the bus drivers will be certified.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved to cut 34 certified positions and 27 teacher assistant positions at its Monday meeting.
The 34 positions cut include:
2 central office positions
1.5 ESL teachers
11.5 exceptional children teachers
6 elementary positions
1 middle school position
6 high school positions
2 high school media positions
2 high school counselors
1 dropout prevention counselor
1 More at Four position
County officials and workers are putting the â€śfinishing touchesâ€ť on the new facility that is turning waste into energy. â€¨
Jack Chandler, assistant director for Catawba County Utilities and Engineering, said development to the Catawba County Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility is continuing and going to plan. â€¨