September 5th, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.
"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."
Donâ€™t rain on my parade â€“ or fair.
â€¨Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this yearâ€™s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.
Nearly 10 years ago, Catawba County residents were glued to their TVs. From office buildings, schools and homes, they watched terrorists fly planes into the sides of two of the nationâ€™s most iconic buildings â€“ the twin World Trade Center towers â€“ on Sept. 11, 2001.
For many area residents, that was the extent of their connection with the 9/11 attacks, but a piece of steel that will arrive in Conover this week will help citizens better remember the historic day.
Eugene Proctor, 81, of Buffalo Shoals Road, Maiden passed away Sunday, Sept. 04, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Proctor Family.
Thurman Ray Abernethy, 89, of Hickory died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Abernethy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Hickory took advantage of Maiden turnovers to pick up its first win of the season.
After a tie against Statesville, and a 42-28 loss to Newton-Conover, Hickory evened its record at 1-1-1 with a 47-20 win at Maiden. The Blue Devils fall to 1-2.
Although the statistics were comparable, Maiden turnovers sent the Blue Devils to defeat.
Maiden rushed for 317 yards, and passed for 68 yards, while Hickory gained 267 yards on the ground and passed for another 155 yards.
A three-yard run and a three-point margin produced the final outcome in the battle between Newton-Conover and St. Stephens on Saturday.
Newton-Conover quarterback Kevin Cline rushed three yards into the end zone to give the Red Devils a three-point overtime win over the Indians. The touchdown was the second for Cline, who also scored on a one-yard, second-quarter sneak.
The win improves Newton-Conover to 2-1, while St. Stephens falls to 0-3.
For the second straight week, the Fred T. Foard football team lost a tough game on the road.
The Tigers (1-2) committed five turnovers in Fridayâ€™s game against West Lincoln, including four lost fumbles and an interception by quarterback Erik Ware.
It was an ugly game by both teams. While Foard committed five turnovers, West Lincoln also struggled, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball three times, losing two of them.
The Rebels (2-1) took a 6-0 lead in the first half behind an 8-yard run from Evan Lopes. It was Lopesâ€™ lone rush of the game.
Rain in the Catawba County area forced several postponements of Friday night high school football games.
The first cancelled contest was a match-up of unbeaten teams between the Bandys Trojans (2-0) and East Lincoln Mustangs (2-0), which also features coach Randy Lowmanâ€™s 300th game as head coach. The game was postponed to Saturday at 7 p.m. due to power issues at the field.
Elijah James Morrow was born Wednesday Aug. 31, 2011, and died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Morrow family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
John David Moore, 52, of Grassy Creek Road, Denver passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at CMC Lincoln in Lincolnton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Moore family.
Cyber-bullying is not unique to any one school or system.
The frequency of conflicts, insults, harassment and bullying sparked on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is increasing at all levels of education.
"It is becoming an issue in all school systems, not just Catawba County," said CCS School Board Attorney Crystal Davis.
That has prompted school officials to begin taking a proactive approach to the problem, both before bullying â€”Â or harassment online â€” occurs and after.