August 27th, 2010
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley was recognized Friday as one of 97 models for workplace safety in North Carolina.
The center was presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate by North Carolina Transportation Commissioner Cherie K. Berry.
âThank you, thank you for everything you do,â Berry told Hospice employees at a reception Friday.
Berry experienced Hospice services first hand when her mother was care for in the hospice center in Caldwell County.
Logan Elliot Wilkinson, infant son of Chad Elliot Wilkinson and Stefanie Goins Costner of Newton, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Willis-Reynolds Chapel in Newton.
The Lakewood BlueClaws got back to their winning ways Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lakewood defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-3 in the second game of the Crawdadsâ final homestand of the 2010 season.
The win gives Lakewood a 3-1/2 game lead over Hickory in the race for the second-half pennant. The loss also drops Hickory to third place in the standings, a game behind Greensboro.
Lakewood started hot Thursday with three runs in the top of the first inning. Hickory responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, including a leadoff solo home run by Travis Adair.
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The East Burke Cavaliers picked up their first conference win Thursday at Bunker Hill. The Cavaliers defeated the Bears 3-0 and are now 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2-A.
East Burke defeated Bunker Hill 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 29-27 and 26-24. The Bears dropped to 0-2 in conference play.
For Bunker Hill, Cheyenne Pump and Margaret Conner both had 10 kills.
WATAUGA 4, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
John Reid and Eli Cordes scored the Red Devils' goals Thursday in a non-conference loss to Watauga. The Pioneers led 2-1 at halftime.
The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.
Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the libraryâs carpet and molding around the ceiling.
âWeâre hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,â said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.
The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
âAmazingly, very few books were damaged,â Reed said. âWater just came in and poured down on the area.â
Philip John Kuhn, 67, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Kuhn family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hickory.
Virginia Mae Elmore Sipe, 81, formerly of Catawba, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Sipe family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Conover.
A Hickory teenager is recovering Thursday after falling from a moving vehicle earlier this week.
James Patrick Walton, 16, sustained head injuries during the fall and is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Walton was sitting on the trunk of a stationary 1995 Eagle Talon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the residential area in the 700 block of 37th Avenue NE in Hickory.
Another teenager, Damion Alexander Sietz, 16, of Hickory, was also sitting on the vehicleâs trunk beside Walton.
It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie â men in bright green, full-body jumpsuits search an abandoned warehouse for a dangerous substance leaking into the atmosphere.
But for the Catawba County Emergency Servicesâ HAZMAT team, itâs just another day on the job.
The 35-person crew, comprised of volunteers from area emergency management teams, conducted a training session Thursday to prepare for an evaluation of their services in November.
Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.
âWe were last â dead last,â Mike said.
One year and thousands of miles of bike riding later, Joyce completed a 60-mile bike ride across Catawba County to celebrate her 60th birthday.
âI just thought it was something I could feasibly do,â Joyce said. âIâm really just doing it for myself. I thought, âWhy not?ââ
Joyce and Mike, who live in Newton, started riding bikes together two weeks before the 2009 reunion ride, and after their first ride, they were hooked.
The Hickory Crawdads scored two runs in the first inning, and that made all the difference. Hickory held off Lakewood on Wednesday to defeat the first-place BlueClaws 5-3.
The win moves Hickory within 2-1/2 games of first place with three games remaining in the teamâs final homestand of the 2010 season. Hickory and Lakewood play Game 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hickory starting pitcher Neil Ramirez worked six innings and gave up only one run. He struck out six batters, surrendered three hits, and earned the win.