November 18th, 2010
The Christmas season traditionally starts after Thanksgiving, but for the Catawba County Christmas Bureau, the holiday season is here.
The bureau kicked off its annual project to ensure as many families as possible have holidays filled with joy, gifts and laughter.
"It is this time at Christmas that we know means a lot to children, especially low-income children," said Jennie Connor, Christmas Bureau chairwoman. "Children want to know that they're just like every other child."
Thomas Garner Waters, 85, of Vale, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Waters family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Tabitha Nicole Spurlin, 27, of Catawba, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Newton native and artist Rick Frye never forgot his hometown.
For that reason, he considers it an honor to share his artwork from the past several years with the community. Fryeâ€™s exhibit, which he calls a project, opens at Newton-Conover Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The show is the first public announcement that 30 limited-edition prints of Fryeâ€™s original art are available.
The method for adding embroidery to clothes is centuries old, but the tools and techniques that once embellished apparel are a thing of the past.
Instead of needles and bobbins, ink and messy screens, the task of personalizing garments now includes computers in the formula.
Now, embroidery and digital printing combine with technology to yield a growing business.
For one Hickory entrepreneur, embroidery and digital printing plus technology equals a growing business for Addison Fox, 34, owner of Apparel Technology in downtown Hickory.
Since 2002, Newton has crafted and adopted three land development plans for various portions of the city, and a plan for the city's core area was introduced Tuesday.
Now, Newton planners are turning their attention to the Startown area, where a public drop-in workshop will kick-off efforts to create a plan that will shape development in that area during the next 10 to 15 years.
A drop-in workshop for the "Southwest Area Plan" will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ganntt Community Room in the basement of Newton City Hall.
As Newton leaders plan for the future of the city's "core area," there is not a lot of open space that has not yet been developed.
That makes the task of crafting and implementing a land development area plan for the "heart" of Newton all the more challenging â€” and important.
"This area has been under development since 1850, so there is not a lot of pristine area left," Newton Robert Mullinax said quoting from Newton Planning Commission's Core Area Plan. "So our job is to improve upon what is already there and maintain it."
Ruby Sigmon Hedrick, 88, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Conover.
Larry Danny Beal, 65, of Newton, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
Leroy Eugene Blair, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.
â€śNow we have to do it all over again,â€ť he said.
The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
No one has been charged in Zahra Baker's murder.
And because there are no murder charges, Zahra's caregivers shouldn't be appointed provisional counsel for a capital offense, according to the District Attorney's Office.
District Attorney Jay Gaither said the Capital Defender's Office filed a provisional counsel assignment Nov. 12 with the Catawba County Clerk of Court for representation of Elisa and Adam Baker, Zahra's stepmother and father. According to Gaither, this assignment incorrectly states that both Adam Baker and Elisa Baker are charged with murder.
Many Concordia Christian Day School students have been camping, but most of them never went camping in a tepee.
Charlotte Story, whose two children attend Concordia Christian school, brought her father's tepee Wednesday to share with students at the school in Conover.
"My dad has a special place in his heart for Native Americans, and he's always had a special place in his heart," Story said. "He wants to share everything he knows about them."