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May 13th, 2011

Community Chorus cancels concert

May 13, 2011

The Catawba Valley Community Chorus scheduled for Friday at Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Newton was canceled due to a death in the director's family.
A concert will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive in Hickory.

Life through the eyes of Juanita Sigmon

May 13, 2011

    As long as Juanita Sigmon can remember, she has looked at the world around her and thought about how she might paint it.

May 12th

Bucs start NJCAA tournament play today

May 12, 2011

For the second time in school history, the CVCC baseball team embarks on a quest to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X tournament.

The Bucs (35-13) face Patrick Henry Community College today at 1 p.m. at O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City.

The winner of that game will take on the winner of Pasco-Hernando and Surry Community College on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Last year, the Bucs entered the tournament, which was played at Hooker Field in Martinsville, Va., as the No. 6 seed.

BHHS teacher get top honors

May 12, 2011

Derek Chase's love for nature took him to science, but his desire to teach others got him the honors of being Catawba County Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
Chase, a science teacher at Bunker Hill High School, received top honors during a ceremony at Newton Expo on Thursday.
"I am surprised and honored by this (award)," Chase said. "It's a privilege to be a teacher in Catawba County."
Chase said being a teacher is more than helping students learn. He said it's about being a mentor and encouraging students to make the right decision.

Shooting case handed to the D.A. No charges filed in Hickory shooting

May 12, 2011

Authorities will not charge neither the suspect nor the victim in a domestic shooting case that occurred Wednesday near the Burke County Line in Hickory.

Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, said the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office to let them make a decision on whether charges will be filed.

Community honors fallen police

May 12, 2011

Kay Webster's candle ignited to the sound of a six-gun salute.

Slowly leaning toward her neighbor's shoulder, she passed the tiny flame on throughout the crowd, creating a mild orange glow beneath the barely-shining stars Wednesday.

She bowed her head and silently prayed for different police officers who died in the line of duty.

"It's like when they go, they are forgotten, and it shouldn't be like that," Webster said. "I don't think people realize that officers put themselves in the line of duty every day."

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 12, 2011

Grover William Setzer, 75, of Hickory, passed away May 11, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a brief battle with lung cancer.  Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Maxine Nance, 82, of Claremont, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Tying a ribbon to support C.O.P.S.

May 12, 2011

As National Police Week begins May 15, an initiative in Newton aims to salute the sacrifices of law enforcement officers, as well as the families who support those badge-wearing men and women.

Every year, between 140 and 160 police officers are killed in the line of duty, according to Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S. When an officer dies, they leave behind families that face challenges and concerns after their loved one's loss of life, said Holy Cross Lutheran Church Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick, who also serves as a Newton Police Department chaplain.

May 11th

Indians win home playoff game on road

May 11, 2011

Rain forced the St. Stephens’ soccer team to move its home game on the road Wednesday to Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The Lady Indians (16-3-3) responded by flooding their opponent, RS Central, with defense and drowning them in goals.

Macy Franklin scored three goals, including two in the second half, and Sabrina Summers had three assists, as St. Stephens rolled to a first round victory.

Man shoots uncle

May 11, 2011

A man was shot in his side Wednesday after a domestic argument escalated at a home near the Burke County line in Hickory.
Harry Alexander, 37, of 7539 R.H. Road, shot his uncle in his side with a .22-caliber pistol after the two engaged in a fight that started inside Alexander's residence. The fight ended on Alexander's front lawn, said officers on the scene.
Michael Hughes was incoherent and in stable condition when he left the scene by ambulance, said Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Hughes was living with Alexander at the residence, Fish said.

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