April 29th, 2011
Two women stood beside a simple brick house, gazing fondly at the structure like an old friend.
For one woman, the house is her past. For the other, it is her future.
Clydie Hunsucker Beal, of Conover, grew up in the two-story house on N.C. 16. Her parents, Clyde and Ruby Hunsucker, built the house in 1948 after her father returned home from serving in World War II.
"He planted everything on the property," Beal said. "He said he wore out three shovels planting."
Next weekend, the Newton and Conover communities will bond to help one its own.
A 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament is being organized for former Newton-Conover High School boys' basketball coach Steve Lytton, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
The "Play It Forward" tournament, which is 8 a.m. May 7 at Newton-Conover Middle School, will benefit Lytton in his fight against cancer.
The idea for the tournament was originally established by one of Lytton's relatives.
Rachel Mae Heavner Williams, 78, of Denver, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Williams family.
Dakyron Demonte Alexander Scott, 2, of Hickory, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Garden of Angels section of Startown Jenkins Cemetery.
Two years young, but strong nonetheless.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team, only in its sophomore season, is having success beyond the wildest of imaginations.
When former Lenoir-Rhyne coach Frank Pait heard about the beginning of a baseball program at CVCC, he saw it as an opportunity to get back into coaching the sport he loves.
Itâ€™s hard to look away from pictures and videos being broadcast from Alabama and the Deep South to computer screens around the world.
A friend gave a name to the countless images of devastation captured in my home state: disaster porn. And as I spent much of Thursday as a voyeur surveying damage to places that are still whole in my memory, I felt dirty as I got an Internet-fueled glimpse into so many lives shattered by a horrible natural disaster. I felt sick as I watched videos of monster tornados grinding across commercial and residential landscapes, shredding every thing in their path.
NEWTON (AP) â€” The father of a North Carolina girl killed last year is no longer facing worthless check charges in Catawba County.
The charges against Adam Baker were dismissed Friday in Superior Court in Newton. Baker's lawyer, Mark Killian, says the Australian native has made restitution in the case.
Baker was accused of writing bad checks for around $240 to local grocery stores.
He still faces other charges, including felony identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense.
With two runners on base against them, one out and leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Fred T. Foard softball team huddled.
â€śWe just wanted to get re-composed,â€ť said Foard coach Jennifer Cook. â€śWe had let Draughn make a run in the same spot of the order earlier in the game. We helped them into scoring position with uncharacteristic errors. I just kind of reminded of what we needed to do. We needed to take care of the girl at the plate without allowing a score and take care of the next two batters.â€ť
The Lady Tigers (14-3) did just that and more.
The 20-year-old driver in Tuesday's fatal accident is still in critical condition.
A N.C. Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Good was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his car, flipped and hit a tree on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford. Also in the car with Good was passenger 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford, and back-seat passenger Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver.
Joe Carroll Carter, 78, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, March 26, 2011, at his residence. The Carter family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Margaret Frye Fisher, 91, of the Lutheran Home East in Hickory, formerly of Newton, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. The Fisher family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Conover City Council considered an area prospect as a cafĂ© owner in Conover Station during a recent meeting.
City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. gave a brief presentation to council members at a Monday meeting highlighting a 10-foot-by-10-foot area on the third floor of Conover Station, which officials hope will hold a cafĂ©.
Duncan said several months ago, the city planning department was approached by a Hickory woman and her husband about opening a coffee shop in Conover. The couple was not identified at the meeting because consideration is not finalized.