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September 29th, 2010

The best medicine

September 29, 2010

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.

Man dies in crash near LRU

September 29, 2010

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.

Emu on the loose

September 29, 2010

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.

Emporium fosters new businesses

September 29, 2010

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."

BHHS pilots Microsoft program

September 29, 2010

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.

September 28th

Candidates look to change

September 28, 2010

Change is on the minds of many candidates for local offices.
From changes in leadership and positive changes in crime statistics to a change in priorities, candidates spoke about change and the role it plays in the office they're seeking at the second of a two-part election forum organized by area citizens.

Touch up after teeing off

September 28, 2010

A day on the golf course can leave players and spectators tired, sore and in need of some TLC.
The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors kicked off Monday, and The Spa at Rock Barn staff is ready to melt away the stress and tension that often comes after a few days on the golf course.
"Most (spa guests) want to come in and relax after a day on the course," said Teresa Moose, a concierge at The Spa at Rock Barn.

Markley bids farewell

September 28, 2010

Being in the spotlight isn't something Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley prefers. But Monday night, Markley couldn't help but have all eyes on him as he was honored by the school system and board members.
"Dr. Markley loves to work extremely hard, but doesn't like to be in the spotlight," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.

Hit-and-run case continued

September 28, 2010

The man accused in the hit-and-run crash that injured a child had his case continued in court.
Fred Willard Langford, of Catawba, was set to appear in Superior Court on an administrative hearing last week, and his case was continued to Oct. 4.
Langford was indicted June 14 on charges of felony hit and run, driving while license revoked, expired registration and reckless driving.

$45k stolen from vehicle

September 28, 2010

A thief allegedly broke into a car Monday and stole $45,000 in cash.
According to a Hickory Police incident report, Sanu Babu Silwal, 36, of Morganton, was on his way to deposit cash at a bank when he stopped at the Hickory Sam's Club at 10:22 a.m.
Silwal is a business owner and had $45,000 in cash inside his vehicle when he went inside the store, according to police.
When Silwal returned to his car about 40 minutes later, he found the right rear passenger window of his 2010 Honda CR-V broken and the money missing.

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