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June 10th

Graduation Time

June 10, 2011

Catawba County high schools have started graduation exercises.
Students from Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover Health Science high schools.
Ceremonies continue Friday and into the weekend.

Maiden: Friday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Newton Conover: Friday, 8 p.m., Newton-Conover High School.
Fred T. Foard: Saturday, 10 a.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Bandys: Saturday, 2 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
St. Stephens: Saturday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College

Storm topples steeple

June 10, 2011

The Mountain View Baptist Church steeple came toppling down at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after high winds ripped the 28-foot long tower from the church’s roof. Church officials said the fallen steeple left about a 12 feet by 12 feet hole in the roof.

Event spotlights farming evolution

June 10, 2011

Floyd Sigmon walked slowly up to his old John Deere Grain Binder on Thursday with a smile full of pride.

“I reckon it’s about 80 years old,” Sigmon said. “It’s probably from the 1930s.”

The ancient grain binder, now covered in rust and oil, was once a revolutionary piece of farming machinery, something Sigmon hopes to teach Catawba County citizens about very soon.

June 9th

Pro golfers ‘feel at home’ in Conover

June 9, 2011

PGA and Champions Tour golfer Kenny Perry arrived in Catawba County on Wednesday and it “immediately felt like home.”

“People sound like I do when I talk, and I feel very comfortable around here,” Perry said. ““Being a country boy, I enjoy the South and it’s very comfortable being around people like this. It’s very nice.”

This is Perry’s first trip to Catawba County for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, but the 14-time PGA tour winner said Monday it was an easy decision to select Rock Barn.

Cities charge more for services

June 9, 2011

Despite a crowd of 35 to 40 people, the city of Claremont passed a budget Monday without any public comments or complaints.

After Claremont City Council members opened a required public hearing to the larger-than-usual audience, no one decided to speak, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.

“The commissioners held the public hearing, and nobody came up to speak,” Barrick said. “The commissioners closed it, made a few comments and approved the budget.”

June 8th

Volunteers joke, labor at GHC

June 8, 2011

Champions Tour Golfer Jay Sigel walked up to the first hole at Rock Barn’s Robert Trent Jones course Wednesday and quickly teed up his ball. He eyed the slight dog-leg to the left briefly before approaching his ball. With a smooth swing that looked as effortless as it did beautiful, Sigel blasted his Titlist Pro V1 golf ball down the middle of the fairway.

“You’ve got about 146 left to the center of the green,” said Bill LePage, a Greater Hickory Classic volunteer who has marshaled the first hole all week.

Man charged for kidnapping wife

June 8, 2011

Sheriff's deputies have an alleged kidnapper in custody after a four-hour search.

Jamey Danyel Lineberger, 33, of Sherrills Ford, took his estranged wife from her home near Bethany Church Road and forced her into a van about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"(The couple) separated in October, and he showed up at her new apartment and tried to get in," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

"When he couldn't get it the front door, he goes to climb through the window."

A hard road: A mother plans to graduate high school

June 8, 2011

After jumping many hurdles in life's journey, Laporsha Vinson will make graduating high school a piece of reality with her 5-year-old daughter by her side.

Like many Catawba County seniors, Vinson, 21, will walk across the Newton-Conover High School stage Friday to receive a diploma. But Vinson's high school diploma came at a high cost with many small battles for the young mother to overcome.

"This is my biggest accomplishment," Vinson said, smiling. "I am finally finishing high school."

TRUCK EXPLODES

June 8, 2011

A Hickory man safely escaped his tractor-trailer truck after it hit an Interstate 40 guardrail and burst into flames.

The Wednesday morning accident stopped interstate traffic traveling in both directions, and it was one of two serious accidents in Catawba and Iredell counties during the morning.

"I heard something pop, and it pulled like hell to the left," said Ed Banghart, a Salem National Leasing driver who was transporting truck parts from Hickory to Statesville. "It was on fire before I stopped."

Kidnapping suspect caught

June 8, 2011

Sheriff's deputies now have an alleged kidnapper in custody after a 4-hour search.

Jamey Lineberger, 33, took a woman, who he was in a former relationship with, from her home near Bethany Church Road and forced her into a van. Lineberger then led Catawba County sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase for about 15 miles into Lincoln County near Goodson Road.

Sheriff Coy Reid said Lineberger drove his van through a field and hit a fence, wrecking his van. Lineberger then escaped the vehicle on foot. Reid said K-9 units tracked Lineberger to N.C. 150 east, where they lost his scent.

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