November 18th, 2010
Patty Arnold will probably never use the handbag she carried with her Nov. 6.
That was the day she was robbed of more than $1,100 -- money to be used for her husband's double lung transplant.
"I've always been so trusting," Patty, 71, said. "I always thought that it would happen to someone else; it wouldn't happen to me."
But she was wrong. Patty gave a stranger in Hickory a ride in her vehicle Nov. 6, and the stranger jumped out of the car, taking Patty's money with her.
Students at Catawba Elementary School love eating bacon and ham. Until Thursday, however, many of those students didn't know where that meat comes from.
First-graders from Catawba Elementary traveled Thursday to Red Wolf Farm in Maiden, where they learned how food, including pork, corn and goat milk, is made.
The 45-acre Red Wolf Farm on Water Plant Road in Maiden is operated by Josh Grant and his wife, Amanda Cline-Grant. The couple makes it their mission to teach the benefits of the local food movement to the community and beyond.
Highway Patrol continues to investigate the single-car crash Wednesday on Interstate 40 that killed a Catawba woman.
Tabitha Spurlin, 27, died at the 138 mile marker near the Oxford School Road exit in Claremont.
"It appears that she was about to exit and made a sudden lane change and lost control of the vehicle," said Trooper C.D. Cline, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Cline said he spoke with several motorists who witnessed the crash about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The drivers told Cline traffic appeared to be traveling the speed limit, so speed didn't contribute to the crash.
The Christmas season traditionally starts after Thanksgiving, but for the Catawba County Christmas Bureau, the holiday season is here.
The bureau kicked off its annual project to ensure as many families as possible have holidays filled with joy, gifts and laughter.
"It is this time at Christmas that we know means a lot to children, especially low-income children," said Jennie Connor, Christmas Bureau chairwoman. "Children want to know that they're just like every other child."
Thomas Garner Waters, 85, of Vale, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Waters family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Tabitha Nicole Spurlin, 27, of Catawba, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Newton native and artist Rick Frye never forgot his hometown.
For that reason, he considers it an honor to share his artwork from the past several years with the community. Fryeâ€™s exhibit, which he calls a project, opens at Newton-Conover Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The show is the first public announcement that 30 limited-edition prints of Fryeâ€™s original art are available.
The method for adding embroidery to clothes is centuries old, but the tools and techniques that once embellished apparel are a thing of the past.
Instead of needles and bobbins, ink and messy screens, the task of personalizing garments now includes computers in the formula.
Now, embroidery and digital printing combine with technology to yield a growing business.
For one Hickory entrepreneur, embroidery and digital printing plus technology equals a growing business for Addison Fox, 34, owner of Apparel Technology in downtown Hickory.
Since 2002, Newton has crafted and adopted three land development plans for various portions of the city, and a plan for the city's core area was introduced Tuesday.
Now, Newton planners are turning their attention to the Startown area, where a public drop-in workshop will kick-off efforts to create a plan that will shape development in that area during the next 10 to 15 years.
A drop-in workshop for the "Southwest Area Plan" will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ganntt Community Room in the basement of Newton City Hall.
As Newton leaders plan for the future of the city's "core area," there is not a lot of open space that has not yet been developed.
That makes the task of crafting and implementing a land development area plan for the "heart" of Newton all the more challenging â€” and important.
"This area has been under development since 1850, so there is not a lot of pristine area left," Newton Robert Mullinax said quoting from Newton Planning Commission's Core Area Plan. "So our job is to improve upon what is already there and maintain it."
Ruby Sigmon Hedrick, 88, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Conover.
Larry Danny Beal, 65, of Newton, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
Leroy Eugene Blair, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.