October 24th, 2010
Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its â€śown worst enemy,â€ť the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was â€śgut check time.â€ť
â€śAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt was something we hadnâ€™t done all year, and we finally did it.â€ť
Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.
Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hillâ€™s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
â€śIf heâ€™s fired up, weâ€™re fired up,â€ť said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. â€śJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â€ť
Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.
The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.
They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.
The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.
Kay Kristen Williams Cunningham, 64, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. A celebration of her life ceremony will be privately held by her family.
Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary.
Tammy Delores Blackwell Chester, 39, of Maiden, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Florida due to an automobile accident. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Going into this yearâ€™s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.
The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
â€śLast year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,â€ť junior Corbin Evans said. â€śI think we should have gotten past that round, but we just werenâ€™t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think weâ€™ll go very far.â€ť
Newton will spend $307,000 to keep intact a long-time part of the city's skyline and create a new opportunity for revenue in the process
Even though the plan, technically, doesn't hold any water.
Investigators in the Zahra Baker case are using GPS devices to pinpoint an exact location in an area landfill where a key piece of evidence might be located.
Crews continued a search Thursday of the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County for the piece of evidence, which police will not identify.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday during a press conference that the piece of evidence, if found, will provide a "good, solid timeline" in Zahra's case.
Crews, however, aren't searching for Zahra's body in the landfill, Adkins said.