February 28th, 2012
Teamwork paid off for the employees of a Hickory food distributor.
A group of 10 employees at Merchants Distributors Inc. won $250,000 in a North Carolina lottery drawing on Friday.
The group calls itself "The MDI 10," and each team member contributes $1 a week to help the group play 10 sets of numbers in Friday lottery drawings.
Gary Baker, a produce and floral buyer for the company, also buys tickets for the group.
Each Friday on his lunch break, he gets a haircut and buys the Mega Millions tickets for that nightâs draw.
Newton Public Works will begin construction today on a sewer main and rehabilitation project set to be completed later this summer.
Public Works officials say the project will replace lines along the 300 block of South College Avenue, the 300 block of South Ashe Avenue and the 500 block of South Cline Avenue in Newton.
Newton Public Works crews, along with subcontractor Ronny Turner Construction Company, will work to replace some 4-inch lines with larger 6-inch lines to provide better quantity and pressure to Newton residents, Martin said.
Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces more felony charges - this time for theft in Caldwell County.
A long-time attorney and former city council candidate was found dead in his Conover home, just months after he was the subject of a N.C. State Bar investigation. Lew Waddell Jr. was an attorney for almost 50 years, and he previously served as government attorney for Catawba County, Catawba and Maiden.
A Hickory High School student is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl during a youth church gathering.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression.
Rain, fire and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history.
And Brad Keselowski tweeted most of it live. From his race car. Then he provided another update minutes after crashing at 190 mph.
And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title.
Senior Addison Klutz and sophomore Franklin Wepner joined an elite list of state wrestling champions at Newton-Conover High School on Saturday.
The duo won their respective weight classes to become the 10th and 11th Red Devils, respectively, to win individual state wrestling championships.
The Maiden boys tennis team kicked off its season on the right foot Monday, defeating Lincolnton 6-2 on the hard court.
âI thought we played pretty well today,â said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. âLincolnton was missing its No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 players. I wish they were at full strength so we could see how we matched up against them. I thought they played us well.â
The Blue Devils host Wilkes Central on Wednesday, a team Huffman said will present a tough test.
The replacement for John Worley as Hickory High School football coach is a familiar rival within the Northwestern conference.
Tom Harper, who has been the head coach at Alexander Central for the past five seasons, takes over the Red Tornadoesâ football program.
A Catawba County man was charged with falsely reporting he was kidnapped.
Storme Goforthâs mother reported him missing Feb. 14.
Goforth turned up at his motherâs workplace Feb. 18 and said he had been kidnapped, according to Long View police.
Lt. R.A. Coffey said an investigation revealed that Goforth had been sleeping in an abandoned house.
âHe left home on his own accord,â Coffey said.
Goforth, 22, was charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.
Coffey said Goforth likely faces probation for the charge.
A former Catawba County government attorney and Conover City Council candidate was found dead Sunday at his home in Conover.â¨
Lewis E. Waddell Jr., who was the subject of a recent N.C. State Bar investigation, was found dead in his home about 5:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to police reports.
He was 69.
â¨Police were called to Waddellâs residence at 410 3rd Ave. NE in Conover after a neighbor discovered his body.
Lewis E. Waddell Jr., 69, of Conover, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at his home. The Waddell family has entrusted the arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Barbara Jane Hefner, 69, of Claremont, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Hefner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.