March 15th, 2011
A Newton-Conover City Schools coach and teacher was inducted into the system's hall of fame Monday night, honoring the man's commitment to students and physical education.
Tim Elrod, 55, was one of three people chosen to be part of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, an honor designed to recognize excellence in and commitment to athletics. This is Elrod's 31st year as Shuford Elementary School's physical education teacher, and he coached track and field for 27 years at Newton-Conover High School.
"That's the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Elrod said. "I've been so blessed here."
RALEIGH, N.C. â€” Sidney Lowe has resigned after five seasons as North Carolina State men's basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation
The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the school has yet to announce Lowe's resignation.
Lowe had an 86-78 overall record, but just 25-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He inherited a program coming off five straight NCAA tournament trips, but he never finished higher than ninth in the ACC despite twice being picked to finish in the top third of the 12-team league.
Police say they know who is responsible for an early morning shooting and robbery that left three dead and another injured.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies issued three murder warrants for Everette Proshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont.
Hewitt remains at large, and he is considered armed and dangerous.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid announced Tuesday at noon that a third person died from gunshot wounds sustained during a robbery and shooting in a mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover.
Four people were shot during an early morning home invasion in Conover on Tuesday.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies report two people were killed and two others injured in the invasion at a mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road about 4:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, and the other is stable, according to investigators.
Emerging details indicate a masked gunman knocked on the door of a home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park. When a resident answered the door the man demanded money and shots were fired.
Newton-Conover fought back from an early deficit against Hickory on Monday to win a hard fought non-conference match.
The Red Devils (7-1, 4-0) trailed early in the match after the Red Tornadoes picked up two early victories as Hunter Coffey defeated Hunter Nestor 6-0, 6-1 and Valentin Waltenberger defeated Tyler Barrymore 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.Â
Newton-Conover rallied with four consecutive singles wins. Senior Hang â€śBubbaâ€ť Choi picked up a quick opening set victory over Alex Arditti and held on in the second set to win 6-1, 7-5.
A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.
Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.
The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.
The Gergely family's home appeared, from the outside, to be a typical residence in the Deerfield development of Mountain View.
A garden sits at the front of the yard near a swing set, and children's sporting equipment is scattered throughout the property.
But inside the residence, George L. Gergely Jr., 42, stored six cans of gasoline and firearms after a reported suicide attempt the day before his house exploded.
A call for help
Gergely's wife, Michele, called 9-1-1 on Sunday about 1:05 p.m. to report her husband was having suicidal thoughts and threatening to harm himself.
A proposal to prohibit construction of new "quonset" huts in Newton not only missed the mark, if passed it can open the door to "quonset hut farms" in the city.
As a result, Newton City Council sent a zoning ordinance amendment concerning accessory structures back to city planners' drafting board.
It has been more than 35 years since Newton's train depot helped transport passengers from one location to another.
But new life continues to reinvigorate the building on North Main Avenue, including the addition of an outdoor train museum.
The Newton Depot Authority announced March 9 they will add an outdoor railroad museum to the historic Newton Depot. The railroad museum is designed to collect, restore and preserve railroad equipment that honors the railroad's history in western North Carolina.
Diana Marie Hardy, 25, of Newton, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 12, 2011. The Hardy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Karen Leigh Norman Hawkins, 64, of Hickory, passed away March 13, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Karen Leigh Norman Hawkins.