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March 9th, 2011

Town to hold branding contest

March 9, 2011

Catawba leaders want input about what makes the town special from the people who know Catawba best — its citizens.

In an effort to promote Catawba's assets and draw people and money to the area, Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett announced a branding contest to create a catchy phrase or slogan for the town.

"It's something sweet and to the point to promote our community," Barnett said.

The contest is one of many recent efforts to create industry and interest within Catawba, which recently struggled financially with decreasing revenues and increasing expenditures.

Deputies report 'largest ever' drug seizure

March 9, 2011

Sheriff's deputies from two counties seized 17 pounds of compressed cocaine in what investigators are calling the largest seizure in sheriff's office history.

Lincoln and Catawba county sheriff's deputies assisted Saturday with a drug seizure in Lincolnton, where they discovered more than $250,000 of cocaine in an abandoned vehicle.

Officers were dispatched about 5:30 a.m. Saturday to 1259 Buffalo Shoals Road to investigate a report of "an abandoned and suspicious vehicle," according to a press release from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

HCAM brings arts, careers

March 9, 2011

Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School is a unique learning opportunity for Catawba County students.

When students leave HCAM after four years of instruction, they graduate with a high school diploma, four to five college credits and, in some cases, a career certification — all at no cost to students.

"So many people say, 'Where was this when I was in high school?'" said HCAM principal Kelly Owen. "...The idea of HCAM is to engage students in a different kind of way in a unique environment."

Council educates civics students

March 9, 2011

Students at University Christian High School in Conover learned this week that what they study in civics class actually applies in the real world.

The ninth grade honors civics and economics class participated in a three-part learning opportunity with Conover City Council to inspire civic participation and encourage open government.

County under flood watch

March 9, 2011

Catawba County is one of several North Carolina counties listed under a flood watch.
Heavy rainfall saturates soil already moist from rain, causing significant runoff into streams and creeks, according to the National Weather Service. Those conditions can lead to flooding in the area. The flood watch is in effect until Thursday afternoon.
Much of western North Carolina is expected to see 2-4 inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. Other counties under a flood watch include Alexander, Burke, Iredell, Lincoln and Gaston.

March 8th

Maiden loses despite strong pitching

March 8, 2011

Despite a solid pitching performance from Hannah Callahan on Tuesday, the Lady Blue Devils were defeated by West Lincoln at home.

Callahan pitched a complete game and allowed four hits, one walk and struck out nine West Lincoln batters.

The Rebels (1-2) got the scoring in the game going in the top of the fourth inning, as Baily Fishel singled, advanced to third base on a throwing error and scored on a single by Emily Workman.

Maiden (1-2) tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth, as Mollie Sigmon scored on a single by Lauren Sizemore. That made it 1-1 after five innings.

Red Devils stung again by Hornets

March 8, 2011

Same game, same opponent and same result.

The Newton-Conover Lady Red Devils' basketball team had their season ended by Salisbury for the second straight season. The Lady Hornets (26-1) won the Western Regional championship and will play East Bladen for the state title on Saturday.

N-C coach Jonathan Tharpe compared facing Salisbury the past two seasons.

Red Devils win second CVAC match

March 8, 2011

Newton-Conover earned their second Catawba Valley Athletic Conference victory on Monday over East Burke.

The Red Devils (3-1, 2-0), who are the defending 2A state champions, had impressive performances all-around.

Improving to 5-1 in singles matches this season was Austin Adams. He defeated Logan Green 6-0, 6-0.

John Reid improved his individual mark to 4-1 with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Neil Eckard.

Freshman Tyler Barrymore completed the fifth singles match of his career on Monday, defeating Kaleb Harwell for his third victory 6-2, 6-2.

Hit, run driver gets probation

March 8, 2011

The woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a Lenoir man was sentenced to probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges.

Tiffany Jade Vassello, 23, received five years supervised probation for consolidated charges of misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor careless and reckless driving. She was also charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The charges are Class 1 misdemeanors. If Vassello doesn't violate her probation, she won't receive jail time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 8, 2011

James “Jim” Henry Huffman Sr., 76, of Claremont, died March 7, 2011, following a period of declining health.  Jim was the eldest son of the late John Henry and Elma Loftin Huffman.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Huffman family.

Phillip Dexter Keener, 54, of Hickory, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A celebration of Phillip's life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel on Startown Road.

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