Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
Two women stood beside a simple brick house, gazing fondly at the structure like an old friend.
For one woman, the house is her past. For the other, it is her future.
Clydie Hunsucker Beal, of Conover, grew up in the two-story house on N.C. 16. Her parents, Clyde and Ruby Hunsucker, built the house in 1948 after her father returned home from serving in World War II.
"He planted everything on the property," Beal said. "He said he wore out three shovels planting."
Next weekend, the Newton and Conover communities will bond to help one its own.
A 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament is being organized for former Newton-Conover High School boys' basketball coach Steve Lytton, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
The "Play It Forward" tournament, which is 8 a.m. May 7 at Newton-Conover Middle School, will benefit Lytton in his fight against cancer.
The idea for the tournament was originally established by one of Lytton's relatives.
NEWTON (AP) â€” The father of a North Carolina girl killed last year is no longer facing worthless check charges in Catawba County.
The charges against Adam Baker were dismissed Friday in Superior Court in Newton. Baker's lawyer, Mark Killian, says the Australian native has made restitution in the case.
Baker was accused of writing bad checks for around $240 to local grocery stores.
He still faces other charges, including felony identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense.
The 20-year-old driver in Tuesday's fatal accident is still in critical condition.
A N.C. Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Good was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his car, flipped and hit a tree on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford. Also in the car with Good was passenger 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford, and back-seat passenger Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver.
Conover City Council considered an area prospect as a cafÃ© owner in Conover Station during a recent meeting.
City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. gave a brief presentation to council members at a Monday meeting highlighting a 10-foot-by-10-foot area on the third floor of Conover Station, which officials hope will hold a cafÃ©.
Duncan said several months ago, the city planning department was approached by a Hickory woman and her husband about opening a coffee shop in Conover. The couple was not identified at the meeting because consideration is not finalized.
Jeremy Lee Truitt's dream car was a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.
"He loved cars," said Randy Bowman, owner of Heritage Storage/Motors.
"That was just his dream car."
Recalling Truitt's dream car is one of many memories flowing through the minds of Bowman and his wife Pat on Thursday.
Truitt's boss said he was well-liked and a hard-working employee.
"You couldn't ask for a better kid," said Brian McRee, owner of Brookford Cafe and Catering.
Many mourned, including the Bowmans, who feel like they lost a son.
Celebrating diversity and unity is nothing new for Newton, but as the city began planning this year's Unity Day it decided the annual event needed a little something extra.
"We are trying to do something a little different," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who is chair of the Newton Human Relations Council, which organizes Unity Day. "We wanted to try to shake it up and make it a more festive atmosphere."
This year's Unity Day event is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Southside Park, and it promises musical entertainment, food and fun.
The event is free to the public.
A passenger in a fatal accident was released from the hospital.
Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver, was released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Davis was a back-seat passenger in a single-car accident early Tuesday morning that killed 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford.
Davis was ejected from the vehicle after driver 20-year-old Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was going about 70 mph on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday. The speed limit is 45 mph on the road.
Maiden and Newton firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a two-story storage building Wednesday.
Maiden assistant fire chief Tracy Caldwell said Maiden firefighters arrived at 1109 Zeb Haynes Road in Maiden at 3:10 p.m. to a storage outbuilding on fire. Caldwell said Maiden firefighters, with the help of Newton firefighters, had the structure fire extinguished in 15 minutes.
Caldwell said the fire started on the second-story of the storage building, which stored household items.
After struggling in recent years, a pair of North Carolina banks with more than two centuries of combined service are merging.
News of the merger came just ahead of a Department of Justice announcement that the future banking brand for both financial institutions agreed to pay a $400,000 restitution settlement after it failed to detect a $40-million Ponzi scheme operated through its accounts.