February 4th, 2011
One morning last week, I awoke to a very unsettling sound.
No, it wasnât the jarring sound of an alarm clock. It was the harsh peal of thunder.
After hearing the thunderstorm move across Hickory, my thoughts immediately went to one thing: snow.
Itâs part of an old wivesâ tale my grandmother always talked about. She said that any time it thunders during winter months, the area will have snow within 7-10 days.
The surprising thing is that most of the time, it happens.
As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, a longtime resident in Catawba County is remembered.
Ron Kuchenbecker, who passed away on Sept. 24, 2009, was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan that lived in Newton. His team will face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.
âWe miss âKuchâ,â said former N-C athletic director Don Patrick. âHe was a big fan for the Red Devils, but he was the epitome of a Green Bay Packer fan.â
A taste of fine dining has returned to Conover.
Yet, while interior decor inside the new Conover Tavern has turned from Southwestern "wild" to tasteful elegance, the atmosphere in the downtown restaurant is still relaxed.
"We are trying to offer something to Conover that is new, offer something that will keep people from going all the way to Hickory for a nice night out," said Conover Tavern owner Patty Watts. "We want to create something that people can enjoy here in downtown Conover."
Ruby Love Burcham Clark, 93, of Abernethy Laurels Retirement Center in Newton, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, surrounded by her family. The Clark family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Boyce “Buddy” Lee Frye Sr., 54, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Catawba County emergency responders are in the early stages of implementing more than 350 new radios purchased through grant funding.
The 800 megahertz radios' technology capabilities allow firefighters, rescue squads and police departments to communicate on the same frequencies, helping responders to react more effectively and efficiently during emergencies.
HICKORY (AP) â Elisa Baker had an uncanny ability to stay ahead of bill collectors, police, social workers and her multiple husbands, The Associated Press discovered in an investigation of the woman who led authorities to the dismembered remains of her disabled, 10-year-old stepdaughter.
Few saw her pattern because when she abandoned a relationship, she usually severed all ties. In seven years, she had no fewer than 42 different addresses. During a different three-year stretch, she was married to three men at the same time.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) â The stepmother of the North Carolina girl whose dismembered remains were found in the western part of the state was married seven times, and she was wed to more than one man on several occasions, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Elisa Baker was indicted last month on a bigamy charge involving her marriage to Zahra Baker's father, Adam, and another man, but AP found documents at half a dozen county courthouses that showed at one point she was married to three men at the same time, calling into question the single charge.
Claremont Police Department received six reports this week of vehicle larcenies, which continues a stream of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Catawba County.
Claremont Police Capt. Gary Bost said six cars were broken into late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The unknown suspects opened the unlocked vehicles and removed electronic items, such as radios, CD players or GPS units.
The latest crime wave is one of at least three to hit Catawba County in the past month, when Conover Police reported more than a dozen vehicle break-ins in the city's southeast and northeast quadrants.
Select coaches in Catawba County Schools don't have a strong sense of job security they once held.
With a change in the school system's non-faculty coaching policy, people who aren't employed as faculty within a school or feeder district won't be top choice to fill coaching positions at the end of each school year or athletic season.
Residential front lawns in Newton are now "no parking" zones.
Newton City Council approved a measure that prohibits the parking of cars and trucks, recreational vehicles and boats in the front yards of residential dwellings. The change in city ordinance comes about two years after city leaders began considering action to curb the practice of parking vehicles in front yards throughout the city.