May 26th, 2011
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.
The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."
Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.
I oppose all attempts by the U.S. Postal Service to consolidate the Hickory Processing and Distribution Facility into the Greensboro plant over 80-plus miles away.