July 5th, 2011
Crime rates in the county and state are down from previous years â drops that law enforcement officials say can be attributed to a variety of reasons.
The overall Catawba County rate of index crime per 100,000 people dropped 10.6 percent in 2010, a decrease that is a bit more substantial than the stateâs overall drop of 5.6 percent from 2009.
Violent crime per 100,000 people dropped 28 percent last year, a decrease that the countyâs District Attorney Jay Gaither said can be partly attributed to his officeâs habitual felon programs.
A tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday morning causing a large mulch mess in the roadway.
A truck driver traveling south on N.C. 16 in Conover at about 9 a.m. Tuesday attempted to make a left turn at a stop light on to Thornburg Drive. The driver, who wished to remain unidentified, said he is not sure why his tractor-trailer overturned.
"I made a left turn and looked up in my rear-view mirror and saw the trailer rolling," the driver said. "I was not going fast. It was a routine turn."
Ruth Kirksey Broome, 94, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Broome family.
In school, history is a subject that requires lots of reading.
Realistically, it would be nearly impossible to understand time periods like the renaissance or power struggles like the Cold War without opening a textbook and studying the pages.
But what about taking that book learning to the next level and actually experiencing a piece of history?
One Catawba Valley Community College professor thinks giving his students âhands-onâ experience with history will increase their comprehensive understanding of the past.
The Hickory Crawdads celebrated Independence Day with an explosion of offense.
In front of a sellout crowd of 5,225 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Crawdads had 11 hits and scored nine runs on their way to a 9-2 Fourth of July win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Monday.
The Shorebirds (5-7, 40-42) struck first in the game in the top half off the second inning. With runners on second and third, Michael Planeta singled to score Joe Oliveira. Hickoryâs Jurickson Profar mishandled a throw to first base on the play.
Charles “Charlie” Ledford, 72, of Newton, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. The Ledford family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Betty Sue Clanton Small, 77, of Lincolnton, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The funeral was held Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
The North Carolina Attorney General is warning consumers about home repair schemes that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year.
With strong convection storms ripping through the state nearly every week, Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolina homeowners to âdo their homeworkâ before signing a contract or paying any money for repairs.
Winning a tennis match isn't the only competition Kathy Kim thrives from. Kim gets an adrenaline rush from rising before the sun sets and teaching others the game of tennis.
For the past 35 years, Kim has been teaching tennis at the Hickory Foundation YMCA after never setting foot on a tennis court in her life.
It was Kimâs three kids and the need for more teachers at the YMCA that brought her into the world of tennis.
As Pontiac convertibles and sport utility vehicles eased down East Main Street in Maiden, 2-year-old Colby Frye was having a hard time keeping up.
Decked out in red, white and blue gear from head to toe, Frye rocked back and forth on a miniaturized and toy version of an off-road ATV â trying to get as much momentum as he could to hold steady with the parade.
He was fading backwards, getting tired and becoming frustrated. But just as he was about to give up, a helpful push from his dad sent Frye spiraling forward. A smile shot across his face.
West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.
The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).
West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.
Wild 6, Stars 3