March 23rd, 2011
Carol and John de Perczel received a call at 3 a.m. March 11 alerting them to a massive earthquake in Japan.
For the de Perczel family, of Hickory, their thoughts went immediately to their 29-year-old son, John Forrest, who teaches English in Yokohama, Japan.
"We just really felt he was OK for some reason," Carol said. "We felt at peace."
Several hours later, Carol and John received an email from John Forrest's cell phone telling his parents he was OK. By 10 a.m. that day, they were talking to him on a video-chat program, Skype.
Essie Reinhardt celebrated her 99th birthday with the friends she has made at the Senior's Morning Out program in Newton.
She travels from her Newton home to First Presbyterian Church on North Main Avenue to exercise, socialize and celebrate her long life.
Reinhardt is one of hundreds of senior citizens in Catawba County who rely on senior nutrition programs for food, fellowship and daily activities.
Carrell David Sigmon, 36, Maiden, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his residence. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden with the Rev. Nathaniel Austin officiating.
Fred T. Foard won four singles matches and swept the doubles matches on its way to a Northwestern Conference victory on the court Tuesday.
The Tigers (2-4, 2-4) were led by No. 2 player Tyler Costner, who battled back in his match against Jake Wright. Costner went down early in the match and fell behind a set, 3-6.
Costner battled back though, winning a second set 6-3. He found trouble again in the third set tiebreaker, as he fell behind 5-1. After switching sides, Costner channeled his frustration and rallied back to win the third set and match, 10-7.
G. John Simmons Jr., of Elizabeth City, died March 19, 2011, at UNC-Chapel Hill Cancer Hospital. Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Area law enforcement agencies attempted to prevent more gang violence in Catawba County with an intervention program for known offenders.
Police officers from every agency in the county attended the first gang call-in March 3 in Hickory City Council Chambers. The call-in is part of the Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded through the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission.
"The people at the call-in are people who are headed in the wrong direction and have been known to participate in gang activity," said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.
Maiden residents, employees and officials are one step closer to having a new town hall.
Maiden Town Council voted Monday night to move forward with architectural plans for a new town hall and council chambers expected to cost more than $1 million.
Council members and town officials talked about funding options for the project, which has yet to be set in stone. Officials voted Monday to proceed with architectural drawings for the new building, but they didn't set a timeline for when, or if, the facility will be completed.
The smell of fresh paint lingers in the air at H.M. Arndt Middle School in Hickory. The floors shine; the walls are clean; and the bathrooms are pristine.
For officials from Catawba County Schools, the new classrooms at Arndt Middle don't just represent a fresh start for teachers and students.
The construction projects are a way to boost the county's economy through job creation.
Bob Etheridge, North Carolina Office of Economic Recovery and Investment director, toured construction projects at three Catawba County Schools on Tuesday to see the school bond funding put to work.
A cyclist was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car struck him from behind.
The cyclist, whose name wasn't released on the scene, was traveling on Boundary Street in Newton about 3:15 p.m. with two other cyclists.
The cyclists started to cross the intersection at Northwest Boulevard near Kentucky Fried Chicken when the male cyclist was hit from behind by a Toyota Camry. Witnesses to the incident said the man fell off his bike and on the roadway from the impact.
The St. Stephens softball team fought back from a 5-1 deficit late in its game against Lake Norman, but fell just short of a comeback.
The Lady Indians (4-3) scored three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasnâ€™t enough. The Lady Wildcats picked up the 5-4 victory to maintain their 8-0 record.
Trailing 5-1 and heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Indians coach Jan Davis gave her team an impassioned speech as players came off the field.