September 29th, 2010
A man died Wednesday after police said he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
Vasile Simonca, 55, was traveling south on Eighth Street NE at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck about 6:50 a.m.
According to Hickory Police, Simonca, who recently moved to Hickory from Colorado, failed to stop at a red traffic signal and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on Eighth Street NE, which was driven by Robert Jenkins, 54, of Hickory.
An elusive emu is on the loose in Catawba County.
Animal control officers are working to capture the animal so it doesn't become a danger to itself or county residents.
"This one's been quite elusive," said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager. "We've been chasing this thing for a couple weeks."
Animal services received 30-40 calls about the bird, which some people mistake for an ostrich. Emus are flightless birds native to Australia and can sprint at speeds of 40 mph, according to several websites.
An emporium is a store that sells a variety of goods.
For Sam Glaberman, the Union Square Emporium is a place where small business and local industry grow.
Glaberman is the owner of the new Union Square Emporium, which is set to open Friday after being closed for eight years.
"If you like in Hickory, and you spend money in Hickory, it stays here," Glaberman said. "We're providing an incubator space for people to start their own businesses."
Students and teachers at Bunker Hill High School are among a select group of North Carolina schools participating in a new technology program.
North Carolina is the first state in the country to enter into an agreement with Microsoft to pilot the IT Academy, which helps high schoolers learn computer skills in the classroom.
The academy is piloted this year in 29 counties in North Carolina, with 600 students and 42 teachers participating in the pilot status.
BHHS is the only school in Catawba County that is part of the Microsoft IT Academy.
Thelma Withers Scronce, 88, of Maiden, passed away Sept. 28, 2010, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton. Memorials may be made to Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church Building Fund, 3273 Mt. Ruhama Church Road, Maiden, NC 28650.
One minutes 3 seconds off the clock. Three goals in the back of the net.
Thatâ€™s the sequence of events Tuesday that led the Hickory Red Tornadoes to a road win Tuesday over rival St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes scored three goals in a flurry to take control of the match, and they walked away with a 4-1 win over the Indians.
â€śI asked the boys to think quick and play quick,â€ť said Hickory coach Brian Jillings. â€śAfter the first goal, we got more confidence, and that allowed us to relax a little bit more.â€ť
Change is on the minds of many candidates for local offices.
From changes in leadership and positive changes in crime statistics to a change in priorities, candidates spoke about change and the role it plays in the office they're seeking at the second of a two-part election forum organized by area citizens.
A day on the golf course can leave players and spectators tired, sore and in need of some TLC.
The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors kicked off Monday, and The Spa at Rock Barn staff is ready to melt away the stress and tension that often comes after a few days on the golf course.
"Most (spa guests) want to come in and relax after a day on the course," said Teresa Moose, a concierge at The Spa at Rock Barn.
Being in the spotlight isn't something Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley prefers. But Monday night, Markley couldn't help but have all eyes on him as he was honored by the school system and board members.
"Dr. Markley loves to work extremely hard, but doesn't like to be in the spotlight," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.
The man accused in the hit-and-run crash that injured a child had his case continued in court.
Fred Willard Langford, of Catawba, was set to appear in Superior Court on an administrative hearing last week, and his case was continued to Oct. 4.
Langford was indicted June 14 on charges of felony hit and run, driving while license revoked, expired registration and reckless driving.