May 26th, 2011
A historical staple of Catawba County may never look the same.
The owners of the Rock Barn House in Conover are saying unidentified suspects broke into the historic home sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon and completely vandalized the property.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident, but Sheriff Coy Reid said a incident report was not filed as of press time Thursday.
Donald Herman, 56, of Conover, owns the property along with five siblings and said the sheriff's department estimated more than $100,000 in damages to the home.
Sewer and water rates will increase in Claremont next year, but city officials said the rate hikes will help fund the cityâ€™s long-term infrastructure needs.
â€śOur treatment facilities are aging in their capacities, and we want to be able to handle the additional capacity generated,â€ť said Claremont Mayor David Morrow. â€śItâ€™s also going to help us in what our total capital expenditure and goals will require in the future.â€ť
The kids at Webb A. Murray Elementary School are popping open Pepsis and crossing their fingers in hopes of winning thousands of dollars in much-needed musical instruments.
Since one â€śpassionateâ€ť music teacher entered Murray Elementary in the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition in April, students and teachers alike have been sipping Pepsis and voting online daily for the school to win $25,000 in drums, guitars and recorders.
Frances Lorene Richard Shrum, 83, of Lincolnton, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at CMC-Lincoln. Services will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.
“We have three dates that define us as a nation and as a people. The first is July 4, Independence Day — the celebration of our birth as a nation and the principles that guide us.
“The second is Nov. 11, Veterans Day, when we celebrate and honor the men and women in uniform who now serve and have served our country with distinction.
It was the trip of a lifetime, they said. It lasted a day, but the memories will be etched in their minds forever. For John Caldwell, Duane Kline, John Dunlap and Leonard “Flash” Arndt, it was a gift of appreciation and thanks for their service as World War II veterans.
“We saw a whole lot of memorials to World War II that made our time over there seem like it should be,” Caldwell said. “In other words, we were fighting for freedom.”
The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.
Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.
Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).
Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.
Thatâ€™s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.
The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.
â€śThe students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we donâ€™t have the same amount of garbage,â€ť said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. â€śItâ€™s been very easy to operate.â€ť
The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.
Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.
The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid â€” funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.
"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.
George William Gardner, 76, of Claremont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Ruby Vandeline Bradshaw Pugh, 82, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Brian Center East.
The celebration of life service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at 3:16 Christian Community Church.