April 11th, 2012
A Hickory woman plans to use $100,000 she won in the state education lottery to pay bills and save for the future.
Debbie Keener, a surgical technologist, is the first player to win the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery's new $100,000 taxes-paid, scratch-off game.
Keener bought her winning ticket at Jack B. Quick on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls.
High gas prices are causing a spike in fuel thefts, and now industries with tractor-trailer trucks are falling victim to criminals.
In Hickory, police have charged two men with attempted murder in connection with a March drive-by shooting that injured a teenager.
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Newton-Conover (3-11) scored seven runs, including two off the bat of shortstop Spencer Travis, to pull off a comeback win against Fred T. Foard in consolation action in the Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic.
The Hickory Crawdads attempted a late comeback with runs in the seventh and eighth, but came up just short against the Greenville Drive, dropping a 4-3 contest Tuesday.
Brian Edward Monahan, 21, of Hickory, died Monday, April 9, 2012, in Commerce, Ga., as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is handling arrangements.
Police believe high gas prices have sparked a string of fuel larcenies from tractor-trailers in Conover and Claremont.
The two cities have been host to about five incidents of fuel larceny in the past three weeks, with the most recent theft being discovered in Conover on Monday morning.
Transportation officials are urging Catawba County residents to help in a statewide effort to reduce trash along roadways.
The spring 2012 Litter Sweep begins this weekend across North Carolina, as volunteers, city officials and state workers will all pick up trash on roadsides.
Nearly 350 volunteers will help build the Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Playground this week in Hickory.
Businesses, municipalities and donors all helped the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club raise $200,000 for the playground throughout the past year.
Volunteers and staff will help construct the playground Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Police charged two men with attempted murder this week in relation to a March drive-by shooting that wounded a Hickory teenager.
Hickory resident Kasey Sims, 17, was rushed to the hospital March 31 after being shot in his right side near the intersection of N.C. 127 South and 2nd St. SE in Hickory.
CHARLOTTE â€” Wide receiver Steve Smith is now expected to finish his career where it began.
The Panthers have announced Smith has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season. There is also a team option for the 2016 season.