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Jury awards Conover couple $1.5M

August 31, 2010

A jury awarded a Conover couple $1.5 million for personal injury from an allegedly faulty hernia repair patch.

Christopher Thorpe, 51, and his wife, Laure, successfully sued patch manufacturer Davol Inc. and its parent company C.R. Bard as a result of the companies’ negligent product design, which injured Thorpe after the product’s insertion.

August 30th

Riders could see fee increase

August 30, 2010

Elmer Lint has ridden Greenway Public Transportation for more than six years.
The service is critical for 85-year-old Lint’s well-being – from attending necessary medical appointments to getting his hair cut.

More battery thefts at CVCC

August 30, 2010

Officials think a string of car-battery thefts at a college are related.
Three batteries were reported stolen Aug. 17 from cars parked in the Catawba Valley Community College parking lot.
Two similar car battery larcenies from CVCC’s parking lot were previously reported stolen Aug. 17.
“We do feel like it’s probably the same people, but we’re not sure where the batteries are being taken to,” said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.

Fire closes fast food restaurant

August 30, 2010

A fast food restaurant was closed Sunday after a fire in the building’s electrical panel caused about $20,000 in damage.

Hickory Fire Department responded at 1:53 p.m. to the McDonalds restaurant at 2511 N. Center St. after receiving reports of a fire in the restaurant’s basement, said Terri Byers of the Hickory Fire Department.

The building was evacuated before 13 Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene.  

Stolen goods in crashed truck

August 30, 2010

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a car crash Friday and later arrested the driver for burglary.

Derik Eugene Lackey, 25, of Hickory, is charged with first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering after officers found stolen items in Lackey’s vehicle once it crashed on N.C. 127 South.

Deputies say Lackey allegedly stole more than $2,600 in goods from the Three Way Superette at 5159 N.C. 127 South in Hickory.

Hospice thrift store accepting donations

August 30, 2010

From 27-inch TVs to wheelchairs and clothing, Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley’s thrift store has it all.
“I think the timing was perfect because of the economy,” said Hugh Cating, PCHCV director of planned giving. “People need a little extra help.”
PCHCV’s thrift store, located on U.S. 321 near Ham’s restaurant, opened July 6. The PCHCV Board of Directors entertained the idea of a thrift store for awhile, Cating said, and they finally decided to take the plunge several months ago.

Barger named CCS interim super

August 30, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education hired a retired superintendent to serve as its interim until a permanent superintendent is employed.

The Board of Education approved to hire Glenn Barger at a vote of 5-1 Monday in a special meeting. Board member Sherry Butler opposed Barger's hire. Member Carolyn Connor was not present at the meeting.

August 27th

Law enforcement agencies receive $57K

August 27, 2010

Two area law enforcement agencies were awarded more than $57,000 in grant funds to purchase updated equipment for crime prevention and control.
Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriff’s office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a city’s population in comparison with its crime statistics.

Winging It

August 27, 2010

Mike Propst, of Claremont, chows down Friday on a plate of 50 chicken wings at Untouchables in Conover during a wing-eating contest with his friend Brian Hardy, of Claremont. The men wanted to see how many wings they could eat in 30 minutes after watching an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” television show. “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman ate 50 wings in 30 minutes, and Propst and Hardy wanted to see how their abilities compared with Richman’s. Propst finished 36 wings in 28 minutes, and Hardy finished 27 wings in 30 minutes.

CCS to name interim superintendent

August 27, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education is close to naming an interim superintendent.

On Friday, the board met at Crowe and Davis, a firm in Conover where CCS attorney Crystal Davis works. The closed-session meeting was to discuss interim superintendent candidates.

The board recessed its meeting in the afternoon Friday to reconvene Monday at 4 p.m. at Crowe and Davis, 121 First Ave. South in Conover.
"Several board members had conflicts and had to leave (Friday's meeting)," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.

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