July 2nd, 2012
Hot dogs. Popcorn. Pretzels and the crack of a ball against a bat on sun-soaked baseball diamond.
Few atmospheres are uniquely American like the nation’s baseball stadiums, and no holidays celebrate the nation like Independence Day.
Early voting in the primary run-off is underway, but citizens can only cast ballots at one location before the July 17 run-off election day.
Board of elections officials say that will also be the case when early voting arrives for November's general election.
Clerks at two Catawba County convenience stores were among 243 statewide cited for selling tobacco products to minors.
During fiscal year 2011-2012, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents conducted 1,870 unannounced tobacco compliance checks in 90 counties across the state and cited 243 store clerks for selling tobacco or tobacco products to a minor.
The pairings for the American Legion baseball Area IV playoffs were officially released on Sunday at a meeting at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
For the first time ever, all 16 Area IV teams qualify for the postseason with teams from the East Division playing teams from the West Division.
One day after a grueling slugfest with Cherryville that ended in a heartbreaking loss, Hickory Post 48 closed out its regular season strong.
Led by solid pitching from Colton Allison, Post 48 picked up its 15th win of the season.
With the victory, Hickory ends its season at 11-3 in the Area IV West Division â€” tied three ways for first with Cherryville and Caldwell County.
After 13 innings of a seesaw slugfest in American Legion Area IV baseball between Hickory Post 48 and Cherryville Post 100, it was the road team that stood tall.
Post 100 scored three runs in the top of the 13th inning to come away with the 17-14 victory over Post 48.
Hickory rallied down 11-3 after three innings to tie the contest and send the game into extra innings.
Justin Harper made a successful debut Friday in the Canadian Football League regular season, helping to lead Saskatchewan to a 43-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Harper caught two passes for 32 yards from Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant. His longest catches was an 18-yard grab.
Six Hickory Crawdads doubled Friday, helping the team to an 11-4 road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
It was the second-straight game that Hickory (7-2 in the second half, 43-35 overall) plated double-digits runs against a road opponent.
Rebecca “Becky” Henley Hamilton, age 60, of Maiden passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hamilton family.