October 8th, 2010
Newton's Gospel Fest is canceled for a lack of interest.
The annual festival, which is usually held in December, was moved to Oct. 10 as an outdoor event at Southside Park in Newton.
"We have usually done (the Gospel Fest) before at Christmas, and we had great success there," said Marcie Winkler, administrative assistant for Newton Parks and Recreation. "We tried something different this year with an outdoor event."
Winkler said about three groups registered for this Sunday's event, but is about half of the groups participating in the usual indoor holiday festival.
St. Stephens picked up a win Thursday and remain in the hunt for the top 3-A spot in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference. The Indians shut out the Fred T. Foard Tigers 3-0 at Foard, and they improved to 7-2 in conference play. They trail Watauga, which is undefeated as of Wednesday. The Indians were down 18-14 in the first game Thursday at Foard, but they rallied for a 26-24 win.
Fred T. Foard travels Friday to St. Stephens and both teams are looking for their first win of the 2010 season. Foard (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) and St. Stephens (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) enter the game tied for sixth place in the conference.
â€śItâ€™s an understatement to say this is a big game for both teams,â€ť Indians head coach Fred Whalen said. â€śTraditionally, this is a rivalry game, so emotions will already be high. I expect both teams to come out fired up.â€ť
Broadband coverage in western North Carolina is expanding.
N.C. Governor Bev Perdue will arrive in Hickory on Friday for the groundbreaking ceremony where nonprofit MCNC will expand its broadband service for the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).
The project will improve broadband service to 1,232 K-12 schools and 55 higher-learning institutions, including North Carolina-system universities.
CommScope in Hickory will provide materials for the project, including more than 500 miles of optic fiber and 1,000 miles of conduit.
The Green Room Community Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" opens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. The cast, including Gina McWhirter, as English governess Anna, rehearses nightly for the opening performance. The musical chronicles the relationships between Anna, the King of Siam and the king's extended family as they struggle to balance eastern and western cultures.
Bryan Miller was in the market to buy a new bicycle.
Little did he know that his new bicycle frame would be the same frame used by Tour de France greats Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.
Miller, 52, of Conover, entered the In It to Win It: 21 Frames in 21 Days competition at Lightning Cycles in Conover, and he won it - a carbon-fiber Tarmac SL3 bike frame valued at $3,000.
"I thought it was a hoax," he said. "I still did until today."
Miller picked up his new bike frame Thursday at Lightning Cycles, and he still couldn't believe his good luck.
Three seats are up for election on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, with five people vying for the positions.
Three candidates, Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower, currently serve on the Board of Commissioners, and candidates Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith are hoping for their chance to represent county citizens.
Candidates gathered at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum Monday for a chance to speak their minds about important issues, such as jobs and education, in Catawba County.
The questions included:
Thurman Junior Mosteller, 81, of Lincolnton, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Alma Sipe Bentley, 90, of Catawba, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Youâ€™re probably aware the Catawba County Board of Commissioners is elected to make decisions on the goals, direction and operation of county government. You may also be aware that the county works under the â€ścommission-managerâ€ť form of government, through which the board hires a professional county manager to carry out its directives and oversee day-to-day operations.