October 25th, 2010
Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney family.
Elliott Lee Hendrick, 84, of Lincolnton, passed away Oct. 24, 2010, at his residence. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Sue Campbell Benge, 82, of Claremont, slipped the surly bonds of earth Friday, Oct. 22, to touch the face of God. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.
The father of a missing girl presumed dead was arrested Monday morning on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance.
Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, was arrested Monday about 3 a.m. at the Hickory Police Department. Libby Grigg, Hickory Police spokeswoman, said Adam Baker voluntarily submitted for an interview at the police department and was subsequently arrested.
Prior to his arrest, Baker picked up a family member at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a press release.
The return of Matt Moore to Carolinaâ€™s starting lineup Sunday did two things. It revived the Panthersâ€™ sluggish offense, and it led the Panthers to their first win of 2010 in the first start of the third Matt Moore era in Carolina.
â€śItâ€™s huge,â€ť he said. â€ś0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.â€ť
Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its â€śown worst enemy,â€ť the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was â€śgut check time.â€ť
â€śAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt was something we hadnâ€™t done all year, and we finally did it.â€ť
Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.
Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hillâ€™s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
â€śIf heâ€™s fired up, weâ€™re fired up,â€ť said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. â€śJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â€ť
Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.
The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.
They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.
The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.
Kay Kristen Williams Cunningham, 64, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. A celebration of her life ceremony will be privately held by her family.
Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary.
Tammy Delores Blackwell Chester, 39, of Maiden, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Florida due to an automobile accident. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Going into this yearâ€™s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.
The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
â€śLast year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,â€ť junior Corbin Evans said. â€śI think we should have gotten past that round, but we just werenâ€™t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think weâ€™ll go very far.â€ť