July 25th, 2011
A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.
Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.
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As Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, one driver is continuing his familyâ€™s tradition.
Brandon Setzer, a rising senior at Newton-Conover High School, is competing in the Super Trucks division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Setzer is the son of former HMS Late Model champion and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer.
Dennis is a three-time runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003-05) and a nine-time winner on the circuit.
After The Artist's Cafe closes Saturday, the building's owner says the restaurant space won't be vacant for long.
"If (Artist's Cafe owner) Louie (Dimarhos) decides to close, he will move out some time next month," said property owner Lynn Nguyen. "After he moves out, another new owner is going to move in."
Nguyen said an owner of a Hickory Mexican restaurant is interested in opening a business in the downtown Newton restaurant space that includes kitchen equipment and furniture. She said she is hopeful that the new restaurant will be open within six months.
A man stole his ex-girlfriendâ€™s car Friday after he wouldnâ€™t take no for an answer.
Authorities say Sean Donald Sweeney, 42, of Hickory, arrived at Carillon Assisted Living in Newton on Friday morning in hopes of borrowing a car belonging to ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Rocket, who works at the facility.
After Rocket told her ex-boyfriend he couldn't use the car, Sweeney threw a brick through the window, got in and drove the 1993 Mercury Sable to the 1300 block of 2nd Ave. NW in Hickory, according to Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough.
Thieves stole two luxury sports cars from a Hickory dealership in broad daylight Thursday.
At about 3:25 p.m. on Thursday, Paramount Porsche in Hickory reported at about 3:25 p.m. that two $80,000 cars â€“ and their keys â€“ disappeared, according to police. Â
Paramount representatives told Hickory police investigators that they were showing cars to several customers earlier in the day, noting that additional customers were also waiting in the showroom. Â Â
Hickory native and current University of Texas menâ€™s basketball coach Rick Barnes was at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Thursday and Friday for his annual basketball camp.
Barnes is a three-time Big 12 coach of the year (1999, 2003, 2008) and has guided the Longhorns to three Big 12 championships (1999, 2006, 2008) and 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003.
Barnes owns a career head coaching record of 524-257 as the coach for Texas (1999-present), Clemson (1995-1998), Providence (1989-1994) and George Mason (1988). He graduated from L-R in 1977.
â€¨â€¨About 40 children gathered in a Newton churchâ€™s kitchen Thursday. They sat around three fold-up tables and were ready to eat lunch â€” their chatter steady as their left and right feet tapped the tiled floor repeatedly.â€¨The room was dim, and the only light came from a few glimmering rays diving through the buildingâ€™s original glass windows.
Kang Her, 76, of Claremont, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burial will be Monday, July 25, 2011, following the services at the funeral home, in Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory.
John Marvin Walker, 79, of Hickory, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Walker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
Nine Catawba County schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act. And officials offer praise to the schools that did make the AYP, even if they feel it's not acceptable testing.
"One child in a subgroup can hold you back," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
With about 40 students in each subgroup, Barger said he does not think the AYP results are an appropriate way to rate school systems.
County commissioners recently approved a fund transfer that will help pay for a $30 million public safety expansion project.Â â€¨Commissioners appropriated $1,555,455 to the countyâ€™s justice and public safety center expansion project that started about three years ago.
The expansion project will give the justice center more courtrooms and revitalize a 911 communications center that is in need of restoration, said Rodney Miller, Catawba County finance director over facilities.Â