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September 27th, 2010
A homeless man was killed Friday as he tried to cross U.S. 321 in Hickory.
Rodney Lewis Church, 44, was struck by at least two cars about 10:25 p.m. as he attempted to cross U.S. 321 to reach a convenience store, according to the Hickory Police Department.
Police said Church was wearing dark clothes at the time of the incident, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges were filed against the drivers of the cars. It does not appear that either driver was drinking.
Preparations for the Ensure Classic are in full swing.
The eighth annual Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors starts Monday and continues through Oct. 3.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the event and watch the 78 players vie for the top prize of more than $200,000, not to mention the honor of being named tournament winner.
Although the event starts Monday, crews were working for weeks to make the Ensure Classic run smoothly.
Bank of Granite Corporation announced that on Sept. 22, the company received a letter from The NASDAQ Stock Market notifying the company that, because of the bid price for its stock has fallen below $1 per share, it no longer complies with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Donating thousands of dollars to area charities is par for the course during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn.
All net proceeds from the tournament are donated to charities and other organizations throughout Catawba County and surrounding area.
The event, to date, raised more than $900,000 for charities, but Jim Correll, the tournament's executive director, doesn't want to stop there.
"This year, our goal is to surpass the $1-million mark," he said.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
And as Catawba County’s community newspapers launch their second annual “Hometown Christmas” campaign, the Christmas spirit will start flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.
Lorene Fox is finishing a quilt two decades in the making.
She started making the quilt 20 years ago for her daughter, but she never knew how to complete the blue and white blanket.
"I just kept putting it aside and never finished it," she said. "I've never done any quilting before. That's why I kept putting it aside."
When she heard about the Shuford YMCA's weekly quilting group, Fox recognized her opportunity to finally complete the quilt.
The Old Post Office Playhouse moved its opening production date back one week.
"The King and I" will open the 2010-11 season for The Green Room Community Theatre at its new facility, the OPOP. The play was set to open Oct. 1, but now it will open Oct. 8.
"The reason the decision was made to move the date back was because the cast hasn't had enough time on the new stage," said Sherry Butler, executive director for The Green Room.
Conover Police arrested a man in connection with an electronics store break-in.
Caskell Cook, 31, of Conover, is accused of stealing more than $2,200 worth of laptops from Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West, according to Shane Moore, of the Conover Police Department.
The break-in occurred about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Cook allegedly used a brick or a blunt object to break open the store window.
Newton Police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly robbed a convenience store with a sawed-off shotgun.
Paul Edd Dalton Dollarhyde, 34, of Newton, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon and resist obstruct and delay.
Police received a call Wednesday about 9 p.m. of an armed robbery in progress at the J&L Run-In, located at 1918 N. Main Ave. in Newton, according to Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Catawba County residents will be better protected with the implementation in the coming months of a new 9-1-1 program.
Next Generation 9-1-1 technology allows operators and responders to better serve citizens during an emergency situation, said Terry Bledsoe, chief information officer.
"(A car accident) generates a lot of calls to our 9-1-1 center, and that ties up lines," Bledsoe said. "We hope to remedy that with Next Generation 9-1-1."