March 7th, 2011
Riverbend Park, off N.C. 16 in northern Catawba County, is closed Monday for the safety of the public.
Duke Energy will open flood gates at the Oxford Dam following weekend rains. Conditions are unsafe for patrons at the park when the flood gates open.
Believe anything is possible.
That is the new motto for the Newton-Conover Lady Red Devils basketball team heading into Saturdayâ€™s Regional championship game against Salisbury.
On Tuesday, Mallard Creek (27-4), a team that Newton-Conover defeated earlier this season, knocked off defending state champion Butler (30-1) in the 4A ranks.
Following that upset victory, Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe texted all of his players with one simple message.
â€śI texted them that Mallard Creek had beaten Butler,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śAll you have to do is believe.â€ť
Wilma Mae Beaty, 77, of Maiden, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at United Church of Christ in Maiden.
Several high-profile murder cases in past months aren't indicative of an increase in the county's overall crime rate, according to Catawba County's sheriff.
The county received state, national and international media attention in recent months after murders like the Zahra Baker case, the Wheeler family murder-suicide and the death and mutilation of Stephen Starr.
The sheriff's department reported three murders in 2010 in its jurisdiction, which is the same number of murders the department has responded to already this year.
A prison sergeant is charged with sexual activity with a female inmate.
Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton, was arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian after allegations that he made sexual contact with a female inmate in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.
Pearson worked in the facility as a sergeant on the night shift.
Some people go to beaches or tropical countries during spring break.
But instead of taking a trip, a group of Catawba Valley Community College faculty, staff and students are creating more than 150,000 meals for students in Haiti.
They started packing meals Friday with members of area Rotary clubs through the Stop Hunger Now campaign to end hunger worldwide.
It's a ministry, not a job.
That's what five women who recently celebrated 20 years of service at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will tell you about the past two decades of their lives.
They've laughed together, cried together and prayed together and with their patients. And as they look back on the changing landscape of PCHCV, its patients and its services, the women see an opportunity to continue fulfilling Catawba County's need for end-of-life care.
Fourteen straight for their second straight.
The Lady Red Devils (25-3) scored 14 consecutive points to open the fourth quarter and blowed open a five-point third quarter lead on their way to a win against Thomasville in the Regional semifinals.
Newton-Conover will meet Salisbury (25-1) in Greensboro in the Regional final Saturday at 4 p.m. for the second straight season.
Two freshmen stole the show in the first of two 2A Womens' Regional semifinal games Thursday.
Bandys' Madi Story scored 10 points in the first half, but it was Salisbury's Brielle Blaire who had the final say. Blaire scored 11 points in the third quarter to push the Hornets into Friday's Regional final. Salisbury defeated Bandys 61-44. The Lady Hornets advance to play Newton-Conover in the West Region Finals on Saturday.
Pervie James Hovis, 94, of Lincolnton, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Lincoln Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Betty Sue Setzer Geiger, 80, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.