June 8th, 2011
A westbound lane of Interstate 40 between Claremont and Conover is shut down after a truck exploded Wednesday morning.
A truck ran off the road and into the median causing the truck to explode after a fuel leak. A westbound lane near exit 135 through exit 138 are closed, and traffic is moving slow. Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
No injuries reported. The truck was carrying various mechanical parts.
Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident and is directing traffic on the scene.
Celebrities, golf professionals and some of the areaâ€™s best high school golfers stole the show Tuesday as part of the Dale Jarrett Shootout at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors.
Among those in attendance were NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, former Virginia Tech and Charlotte Hornets star Dell Curry and Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen.
Each of the celebrities that played in Tuesdayâ€™s event were paired with a golf professional and one of the top-five finishers in Mondayâ€™s Greater Hickory High School Classic.
Newton City Council approved a $40 million budget that will hold steady citizens' taxes, as well as water and sewer rates, while delivering a pay raise for all city employees and investing in the city's capital needs during the year ahead.Â
Those needs will be addressed in $8 million in spending included in a capital improvements plan (CIP) the first year of which is funded in the 2011-12 budget.
Finally, the Greater Hickory Classic is here.
After months of â€śswing into summerâ€ť commercials and promotional electronic billboards, the much anticipated PGA Champions Tour event arrived in Catawba County. Â Â Â Â
But before hitting the links to catch your favorite player, it might be a good idea to scout out the most optimal way to enjoy the weekâ€™s festivities.
Die-hard Classic fans were already out in force Tuesday to watch the Dale Jarrett shootout and had their own ideas of what the â€śbestâ€ť way to enjoy the tournament truly is.
Samuel Anthony Irby, 94, of Newton, passed away May 15, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Irby family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Dorothy Gray Hall Miller, 80, of Hickory, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory and 30 minutes prior to the service Thursday at the church.
As students countywide launched their last week of school, science lessons took flight at Tuttle Elementary School.
When students arrived at Tuttle on Monday, they found an eight-story, red, white and blue science class inflating on the field adjacent to the school. Thanks to Remax Crossroads in Lincolnton and Remax Carolina Hot Air Balloon Team, students at the school were able to get a first-hand demonstration behind the science of giant balloons they may have only seen from afar.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was crushed between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene from injuries resulting from the accident's impact.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was locked between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges are filed at this time. Hickory Police are investigating.
Some of college baseballâ€™s finest players assembled in Catawba County for another season of the Catawba Valley Stars baseball team.
The Stars, which consist of college baseball players from different schools around the country, play in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The team has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The league consists of eight teams, and the Stars play a grueling schedule of 65 games in 75 days.
Also on the Starsâ€™ schedule are non-league teams from the Coastal Plains League, Independent League and MLB Rookie League.
Hickory golfer J.T. Poston shot a 32 to win Mondayâ€™s nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic at Rock Barn.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail finished third with a 35. Fred T. Foardâ€™s Sterling Cline and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished with 37s, which were tied for the fourth best score.