July 15th, 2011
An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.
Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.
One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.
Although the Balls Creek Campmeeting is a month away, â€śtentâ€ť owners are beginning to prepare for the 158th year of the historic campmeeting.
The wooden shacks, called tents, are cleaned, painted and aired out in anticipation of Sunday, Aug. 14, opening day for the annual campmeeting.
Campmeeting will commence with the 7:30 p.m. service and will close with the 7:30 p.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 28.
According to Robert Eades, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Balls Creek Campground, a workday will be held Saturday, July 16.
Down 2-1 in the fourth inning, Hickory scored six runs in three innings on Thursday to defeat Caldwell County, 7-2, in game four of a best-of-five series.Post 48 (19-9) advances to the Area IV championship series.
Leading the way were a trio of Hickory hitters, including Jeremy Null, Jacob Hoyle and Cameron Beard. The three combined for all seven RBIs in the game.
Post 48 (19-9) struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Hoyle and Null doubled on back-to-back innings to put Post 48 ahead 1-0 after one inning.
Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.
Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.
Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the projectâ€™s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.
Elisa Bakerâ€™s chains and shackles rattled as she shuffled into Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.
The woman, accused of the 2010 murder of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter, did not speak as her judge, defense attorney and state prosecution discussed an arraignment and possible change of venue for her case.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid set Bakerâ€™s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.
City investments in Newton's swimming pool are up and revenue is down, but plans for the future aims to help keep the facility â€” and pool goers â€” afloat during the rest of the summer.
After Newton invested $42,600 to prepare the city's swimming pool for the summer season, the facility brought about $5,000 to city coffers during the 16 days it was open in June.
"This is a good service amenity that the city offers," Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax said of the swimming pool.
Barbara Whitener Cushing, 56, of Mooresville, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel, Mooresville, with Elder James Simms officiating.
The final four spots were filled for Fridayâ€™s Junior Legion state tournament at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
Qualifying for the tournament are Rowan County, Kernersville, Leland and Newport.
Rowan County will be the No. 1 team from Area III. Newport is the No. 2 team in Area III.
Leland and Kernersville are representing Area II. Leland will be the No. 1 seed in Area II and Kernersville is the No. 2 seed in Area II.
The Carolina Glove Flames, the host team for the tournament, will play Leland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The fourth game between Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 was postponed on Wednesday due to field conditions.
The two teams will play game four on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Roy Waters, commissioner for the Legion State, said that if rain caused the final two games to be delayed any further, rules state that the series would go back to a best two-out-of-three format.
Because they have won two-out-of-three games, Hickory (18-9) would advance to championship round against either Queen City (22-7) or Cherryville (23-6). Cherryville currently leads that series, 2-1.