Archive - News Article
May 23rd, 2011
A Claremont man is lucky to be alive after storms caused a large tree to fall on his car Sunday.
Brandon Pennell, 26, was driving down First Avenue South in Conover on Sunday night when high winds uprooted a 200-year-old oak tree onto the top his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The large tree crushed the car, pinning Pennell in the driver's seat briefly before being taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center. After doctors tested him for serious injuries, Pennell was released with a sprained back and minor lacerations to his knee and hand.
Three Challenger Early College High School students will work with NASA this summer as part of several internship programs.
Kathryn Alley, Brittany Shepherd and Kristi Chang, all juniors, are the first students from Challenger to be selected for the NASA internships.
"I'm extremely proud of all three of them," said Tim Adams, who teaches earth and environmental science at Challenger. "This is a great opportunity; it's something they can put on their resume for the rest of their lives."
The success of Shane Morgan and Nick Farthing's teamwork can be the difference between life and death.
The two Catawba Valley Community College graduates have been working together two years, but they rely on each other daily to save lives.
Morgan and Farthing are one of the only permanent paramedic partners in Catawba County and work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. shift at the Emergency Medical Services base in Newton.
Keith Bostâ€™s crew will spend one-third of its life in a fire department.
Waking up at the crack of dawn, Bost said his 61 paid and volunteer firefighters, rescuers and paramedics may be the â€œonly people in Catawba County that work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. without sitting down or
taking a lunch break."
They work 24 hours on, then 48 hours off, and Bost said thereâ€™s rarely a time when the men of Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue arenâ€™t training, drafting fire plans or testing hydrants, hoses or vehicles.
And thatâ€™s all just before the emergency call alarm sounds.
Work on a sinkhole in Hickory may take the weekend to be repaired.
A sinkhole opened Thursday near in the entrance to Judge's Barbecue and Catering at 1975 U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, stopping traffic in both directions and causing problems for local business owners.
The hole, measuring about 18 feet deep by 12 feet wide, opened at about 3 p.m., according to Hickory Public Utilities workers. Several businesses' water was turned off while crews tried to fix the problem.
As 1,000 Maiden High School students walked to Tom Brown Stadium on Thursday, they quickly realized they weren't about to watch a football game.
Sure, they got out of class for school presentations at their stadium before, but they had never seen anything like this.
A man accused of killing three people and seriously injuring another was indicted on additional charges.
A Catawba County grand jury indicted Everette Hewitt, 32, on Monday for first-degree burglary and robbery with a deadly weapon.
Hewitt is already charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Hewitt is currently in jail without bond.
Catawba County citizens are using words like "leader," "giant" and "go-getter" to remember a community icon who passed away earlier this week.
The Rev. Stanley Louis Stiver Jr., a pastor, community leader and avid collector of crosses died Monday at age 89 in Newton.
Stiver was a pastor for more than 60 years, spending 31 years of his
career at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont.
Two Lenoir-Rhyne University graduates, a choir tour to Europe and a desire to make people laugh brought Natasha Fox and Laura Greene together.
Fox, 24, and Greene, 26, were part of a radio show at L-R where the pair liked to "goof off" while on the show.
"We wrote comedy and tried to be a comedy band," Fox said.
The girls noticed their comedy act wasn't working, so the pair opted for something more musical. In 2008, the group became known as A Furry Greene Fox.
A sinkhole opened on U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, and motorists should avoid the area if possible.
The sinkhole is on private and public property in the westbound lanes on U.S. 70 SE in front of Valley Hills Mall. Detours have been set up in the area, and if possible, motorists should avoid this area.
Hickory Police Department and Hickory Public Service crews are on the scene, and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are on the way to assess the situation.