Interstate 40 motorists waiting for a smoother drive through Catawba County will have to wait a few months longer.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation decided to delay paving on a stretch of I-40 from mile markers 146 to 130 after pavement deterioration led the department to rethink the current paving process.
Jim Julian never met Zahra Baker.
In fact, Julian, 53, of Stanfield, lives three hours away from Hickory, where Zahra lived for a few months of her brief life.
Despite the distance, Zahra's story touched Julian. He created the Zahra Clare Baker Memorial Foundation to honor Zahra's memory and help children, like her, who overcame tremendous life challenges.
"I felt like I wouldn't be much of a human being if I just swept this under the rug," he said.
Newton marks Bootsie Roberts Day
She worked for nine city managers and five different Newton mayors.
She helped create and develop Newton's first public information office position and the city's first citywide newsletter.
In the opening game of the 24th annual girls Catawba Valley Classic, the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers used aggressive defense and fast-paced offense to advance with a 55-50 win over fifth-seeded Alexander Central.
Fred T. Foard out-rebounded Alexander Central 38-34 and finished the game with 10 blocked shots as a team.
"This was a big win for us, especially considering they beat us by nine points a few weeks ago," said Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Our intensity was better this time around, and we shot the ball better. We did a lot better defensively this time around."
Pearl Yvonne Sigmon Hedrick, 75 of Conover, passed away Wednesday, Dec.29, 2010, at Palliative Carecenter Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Pearl Sigmon Hedrick.
Allen Michael Bowman, 20, of Newton, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley after a lengthy battle with cancer. The funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
A county program benefitting youth received extra help through a state grant worth thousands of dollars.
Clinton's Corner of Catawba Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to combat area problems facing youth and their families.
The program was one of 14 non-profit organizations throughout North Carolina to receive a grant from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the state's Human Relations Council. The $2,500 grant for each of the chosen programs will fund initiatives that support King's legacy.
The top-seeded St. Stephens Indians boysâ€™ basketball team advanced to the second round of the 24th annual Catawba Valley Classic with a 70-42 victory over eighth-seeded South Caldwell in the opening game of the tournament.
â€śIt was a good team effort,â€ť said head coach Gary Bowne. â€śWe had good balance. The kids played hard. The bench finally contributed in the second half like we wanted them to in the first half. They improved and made adjustments at halftime. We have to turn around and play tomorrow. We are in the winnerâ€™s bracket, and we like it. â€ś
The Observer News Enterprise unveiled its first-ever Fact Book this week, and the one-of-a-kind publication is a resource guide for every Catawba County citizen.
A man posing as a law enforcement officer gained access into a Newton home under the pretense of making an arrest.
The man, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and dark pants with a stripe down the leg, arrived at 1100 Aunt Hill Drive in Newton about 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Brian Timothy Sipe, 26, who lives at the residence, answered the door to find the man standing on the property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The man had a gun at his side, and his clothes looked like a police uniform, Reid said.
Michael Norris just wants to fix cars.
And apparently, that desire is a genetic trait passed on from generation to generation.
Norris, 28, of Maiden, is a third-generation member of the automotive repair industry. His father and grandfather worked in auto-body repair, and now Norris has his own auto-mechanical repair store, Norris Auto Clinic, in Newton.
Just as Norris has a history in the automotive industry, so does the building he works in. Norris' grandfather, Red Norris, operated his auto-body business in a building next-door, which is now Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning.