April 14th, 2011
Police are searching for a suspect that allegedly stole money from a convenience store while purchasing an item.
At 5:42 a.m. Wednesday, a while male attempted to buy a drink and biscuit from the Little Market Basket, on N.C. 16 North in Conover. The man didn't have enough money to purchase the drink and biscuit, so he put one item back and gave the clerk money for the other.
The clerk said when the cash register opened to complete the sale, the man stuck his hand in the register and grabbed $36 from the drawer, according to an incident report.
Gail Hoyle Scronce, 64, of Newton, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Pallatiative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Scronce family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Harold Eugene Braswell Jr., 43, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Lincolnton with the Rev. Dwayne Pearson officiating.
Community members are putting their best feet forward to help support ALFA to improve the lives of those infected with AIDS.
Saturday marks the second annual Hike for Hope, sponsored by Advancing Life Fighting AIDS, at the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton.
â€śThe Greenway was an ideal setting in 2010,â€ť said Rodney Tucker, ALFA executive director. â€śThe riverside location and mid-spring weather really furthered the atmosphere of hope. Weâ€™re excited to bring people back this year to Burke County, which is one of ALFAâ€™s largest service areas.â€ť
A Conover manâ€™s lifelong dedication to the agriculture industry through leadership and participation led to state award.
Ira Cline, of Conover, was awarded the Hall of Fame award by the North Carolina Vegetable Growersâ€™ Association for his continued work, innovation and leadership to the vegetable industry.
Dick Tunnell, chairman of the board for the NCVGA, presented the award to Cline in December at the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
â€śWhen you get an award in front of all the people youâ€™ve known for years, itâ€™s humbling,â€ť said Cline.
The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office SWAT team raided a residence on the Buffalo Shoals Road Thursday morning.
Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Sgt, Steven Grinnell received information that James Andrew Woods Jr. was wanted on a number of charges and was at the residence at 843 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton. Grinnell confirmed the information and contacted the SWAT team leader.
David Doolittle's passion for music started at a young age. Now, at 73, he still enjoys making music come alive.
"I enjoy hearing the notes jump off of the page and be pleasing to hear for the audience," said Doolittle, who is a member of the Newton-Conover Community Concert Band and Jazz Band.
Doolittle started in sixth grade playing the clarinet and advanced to the bass clarinet and tenor saxophone in high school. In college, he continued to perform in band and picked up the baritone saxophone, the instrument he plays in the community concert and jazz bands.
Five former coaches and athletes were announced as members of the 2011 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Among the names in this yearâ€™s class are NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett, youth sports coach William â€śSkipâ€ť Beatty, slow-pitch softball sponsor Richard Howard and Hickory High School stand outs Cathy Burgess Hitchcock and Charles Allen â€śAlâ€ť Young.
The quintet will be a part of the 10th class of the hall of fame.
Harold W. Miller, 90, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Miller family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Most people have never heard of a retreat called the Shelton Challenge, except Jade Stewart.
Stewart, a junior at Newton-Conover High School, has participated in this experience for two years and was accepted for a third year as a peer leader.
"The camper is the first stage of the camp and after you have been a camper you can apply to be a peer leader, which is like a camp counselor," said Stewart.
Stewart's was a camper her first year and became a peer leader her second year. She will hold the peer leader position her third year, too.
Officials warn emails users to not become victim to a scam.
With the recent breach of Epsilon's data from about 50 companies where email addresses and names of company clients were released, criminals now have easier targets for possible scams.
"Epsilon maintains all that was compromised was names and email addresses," said Thomas Foss, director of Center for Information Assurance at Catawba Valley Community College. "However, it appears evidently compromised were the company IDs that people had relationships with."