Archive - Sep 29, 2010 - News Article
If laughter is the best medicine, Frye Regional Medical Center's Charlie's Chaplains could start its own pharmacy.
Charlie's Chaplains is a volunteer ministry to spread laughter and joy among hospital patients and their families. The volunteers dress as clowns, performing tricks and jokes and hoping to make patients forget, if only for a moment, their pain and illnesses.
A man died Wednesday after police said he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
Vasile Simonca, 55, was traveling south on Eighth Street NE at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck about 6:50 a.m.
According to Hickory Police, Simonca, who recently moved to Hickory from Colorado, failed to stop at a red traffic signal and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on Eighth Street NE, which was driven by Robert Jenkins, 54, of Hickory.
An elusive emu is on the loose in Catawba County.
Animal control officers are working to capture the animal so it doesn't become a danger to itself or county residents.
"This one's been quite elusive," said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager. "We've been chasing this thing for a couple weeks."
Animal services received 30-40 calls about the bird, which some people mistake for an ostrich. Emus are flightless birds native to Australia and can sprint at speeds of 40 mph, according to several websites.
An emporium is a store that sells a variety of goods.
For Sam Glaberman, the Union Square Emporium is a place where small business and local industry grow.
Glaberman is the owner of the new Union Square Emporium, which is set to open Friday after being closed for eight years.
"If you like in Hickory, and you spend money in Hickory, it stays here," Glaberman said. "We're providing an incubator space for people to start their own businesses."
Students and teachers at Bunker Hill High School are among a select group of North Carolina schools participating in a new technology program.
North Carolina is the first state in the country to enter into an agreement with Microsoft to pilot the IT Academy, which helps high schoolers learn computer skills in the classroom.
The academy is piloted this year in 29 counties in North Carolina, with 600 students and 42 teachers participating in the pilot status.
BHHS is the only school in Catawba County that is part of the Microsoft IT Academy.