August 30th, 2010
A fast food restaurant was closed Sunday after a fire in the building’s electrical panel caused about $20,000 in damage.
Hickory Fire Department responded at 1:53 p.m. to the McDonalds restaurant at 2511 N. Center St. after receiving reports of a fire in the restaurant’s basement, said Terri Byers of the Hickory Fire Department.
The building was evacuated before 13 Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene.
Catawba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a car crash Friday and later arrested the driver for burglary.
Derik Eugene Lackey, 25, of Hickory, is charged with first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering after officers found stolen items in Lackey’s vehicle once it crashed on N.C. 127 South.
Deputies say Lackey allegedly stole more than $2,600 in goods from the Three Way Superette at 5159 N.C. 127 South in Hickory.
From 27-inch TVs to wheelchairs and clothing, Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley’s thrift store has it all.
“I think the timing was perfect because of the economy,” said Hugh Cating, PCHCV director of planned giving. “People need a little extra help.”
PCHCV’s thrift store, located on U.S. 321 near Ham’s restaurant, opened July 6. The PCHCV Board of Directors entertained the idea of a thrift store for awhile, Cating said, and they finally decided to take the plunge several months ago.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education hired a retired superintendent to serve as its interim until a permanent superintendent is employed.
The Board of Education approved to hire Glenn Barger at a vote of 5-1 Monday in a special meeting. Board member Sherry Butler opposed Barger's hire. Member Carolyn Connor was not present at the meeting.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Shuford has been selected as this week's Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner.
Shuford wins the award for the sixth time in his career and for the third straight game dating back to the last two contests of the 2009 season.
Shuford, a senior free safety, finished with three tackles in Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s 59-10 victory over Chowan in the 2010 season opener this past Saturday at home.
Shuford is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference pick (2008-09) and has won the Moretz Sports Heavy Hitter Of The Year Award in 2007 and 2009.
The Maiden Blue Devils played their second straight game at home to start the season, and they walked away with their second straight blowout win.
The Blue Devils defeated the Fred T. Foard Tigers 58-14 at Maiden on Friday.
Matt Johnson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, and Foardâ€™s Skyler Hollar returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tigers lead.
While the Trojansâ€™ offense stumbled out of the blocks in their contest at St. Stephens, the teamâ€™s defense kept the visitors in the game the first two quarters.
â€śWe played good all night long defensively. We were just killing ourselves when we kept giving it to them in the red zone,â€ť said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. â€śWe had two interceptions, a fumble and a blocked punt.â€ť
One thing can often change the momentum of a football game.
On Friday night at Newton-Conover, a switch at quarterback made the difference. Adonis Hewitt took over for starter Cameron Shuford after three series with a 14-0 deficit.
â€śCoach put me in, and we were down,â€ť Hewitt said. â€śI held my head high, and he told me we could win. I just came in and took over.â€ť
Two area law enforcement agencies were awarded more than $57,000 in grant funds to purchase updated equipment for crime prevention and control.
Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriffâ€™s office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a cityâ€™s population in comparison with its crime statistics.
Mike Propst, of Claremont, chows down Friday on a plate of 50 chicken wings at Untouchables in Conover during a wing-eating contest with his friend Brian Hardy, of Claremont. The men wanted to see how many wings they could eat in 30 minutes after watching an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” television show. “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman ate 50 wings in 30 minutes, and Propst and Hardy wanted to see how their abilities compared with Richman’s. Propst finished 36 wings in 28 minutes, and Hardy finished 27 wings in 30 minutes.