Archive - Sep 28, 2011 - News Article
Catawba County and the Southeast region are remembering a âlegend of Southern gospel musicâ today that you might have known for different reasons.
Charles Ray Burke was an area businessman who friends and family say devoted countless hours to the Southern gospel music industry. He was most known for his behind-the-scenes leadership that launched the careers of notable quartets and singers, but Burke tuned a long list of business ventures throughout his lifetime that continue to be felt today.
Burke died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 23, in Maiden. He was 75.
Gas prices are dropping â for now.
Area gas prices have fallen below the national average, but they still soar nearly $1 per gallon higher than in September of last year.
In the past two months, gas prices across the nation and Catawba County have decreased about 20 cents. On Tuesday, gas stations around Newton, Conover and Claremont sold fuel for about $3.40 per gallon. In Maiden, the prices were higher in places like the Valero gas station on U.S. 321 Business, which sold gas for $3.48 per gallon.
The national average for fuel hovers around $3.51 per gallon.
In an effort to improve safety and meet building code requirements, Catawba County Schools plans to replace bleachers at several of its high school football stadiums.
The board of education approved an agreement Monday night to hire an architect to create design concepts and cost estimates for the replacements.
Assistant Superintendent Steve Demiter said the school system is exploring work on the home and visitor bleachers at St. Stephens and Bandys high schools, the home side at Fred T. Foard High School and the visitor side at Bunker Hill High School.
This Dollar goes a long way.
A new Dollar General will open in Catawba this week, giving town residents quick and easy access to basic grocery store needs. There is no grocery store in Catawba, and many residents have to drive outside town lines currently to get food or a general item quickly.
The store is located at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Oxford School Road.
A Conover man faces a charge of driving while impaired after he wrecked his moped Tuesday morning on N.C. 16.
Gregory Eugene Shook, 51, was impaired by medication, not alcohol, when he lost control of his scooter just before 5 a.m., said Trooper B.K. Perkins of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Perkins said the first person to arrive after Shook's accident was Keith Cranor of Roan Mountain, Tenn.
"He found him across the center line of the road, called 911 and waited," Perkins said of Cranor.
Shook was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Alcohol was involved in a Sunday crash on U.S. 321 that killed a woman, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Tyler Harold Shull, 27, of Hickory, is charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after a crash that killed 21-year-old Jessica Justice of Stanley.
Shull, with Justice in the passenger seat, was driving his 2008 Volkswagen Passat north on 321 when he hit a 1996 Jeep SUV driven by Brooke Nicole Shipman of Clyde.