March 16th, 2012
James Kirk Eller, 70, of Claremont, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Eller family.
Catawba County officials say the areaâ€™s municipalities wonâ€™t have to help pay for the countyâ€™s new animal shelter, contrary to original plans.
The county originally planned for the areaâ€™s six municipalities to help pay off the debt service on the new animal shelter, a planned $3.5 million facility expected to open by the end of 2013.
The current animal shelter, which was built in 1985, is about 200 percent over capacity and has a host of issues, ranging from limited isolation areas to lack of space â€” issues that can easily lead to disease for animals.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several funding requests from Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools when it meets Monday in Newton.
Newton-Conover City Schools has requested $250,000 to replace six HVAC units at Shuford Elementary School. NCCS deemed the HVAC replacements as its top funding priority for fiscal year 2012-13 and is requesting that commissioners commit to funding so the replacements can be made this summer.
An 84-year-old man drowned Thursday in the pool at his Hickory home.
Jack Leroy Hawn's wife found him dead in the pool at their Idlewood Acres home sometime after 2 p.m.
"The pool wasn't full, but the liner had captured quite a bit of water over the winter," said Capt. Joel Fish with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Fish said Hawn's wife fell asleep, woke, went outside and found him dead.
Fish said Hawn had Alzheimer's disease and a history of medical problems.
How do you spell student scholarships for Newton-Conover High School graduates?
And how do you spell classroom grants for teachers in the Newton-Conover City Schools system?
However, without participation in the Red Hot Spelling Bee by community organizations, student teams and businesses, the Newton-Conover Education Foundation â€” NCEF â€” can't even begin to spell s-u-p-p-o-r-t for the educational initiatives it supports every year.
The following Catawba County residents were convicted in Criminal Superior Court this week.
* Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was convicted of felony second-degree murder and was sentenced to 180-205 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.
*Emanuel Marshall Whitted, 39, of Conover, was convicted of three counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to 120-153 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.
Humberto Zepeda gave his friends plenty of reasons to smile.
The Catawba County teenager provided his Maiden High School classmates with fun memories inside and outside of class, according to posts on a Facebook page created Friday to remember his life.
Zepeda, of 1115 S. Brady Ave. in Newton, died Thursday afternoon under his car at 1175 S. Brady Ave.
Newton Police Department (NPD) investigators say they believe the car slipped from a jack and crushed him while he was repairing the vehicle.
A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a church, several vehicles and leading police on a late night foot chase that ended in a ditch.
More details in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.
A murderer who killed a man at a Hickory assisted living facility will spend at least 15 years in jail.
A forum at Catawba Valley Community College on Thursday revealed the economy is improving, but the region still faces hurdles despite promising new sectors of economic development.
With a perfect game and a no-hitter under her belt, Maidenâ€™s Hannah Callahan has helped position the Lady Blue Devils for a successful season.
The junior pitcher is 5-1 this season, including a season-opening no-hitter against Lincolnton and a perfect game Tuesday against Newton-Conover.
Callahan said the two performances are a product of her hard work.
â€śMy pitching means a lot to me,â€ť Callahan said. â€ś I work on spins on my pitches, locations and different pitches. I work on my infield, too, because I struggle with that. I work hard at it so I can help my team out.â€ť
For the second time in three days, the Newton-Conover golf team won a non-conference match.
The Red Devils notched a 148 to win by 12 strokes over Maiden in a nine-hole match held at Catawba Country Club.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Alex Hefner earned medalist, carding a 33 in his nine holes.
Teammate Lee Mitchell wasnâ€™t far behind on the scoreboard with a 35, while Chris Ziogas (39) and Perry Davis (41) also had solid rounds.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished tied for third with a 36.
Austin Shuford was the leading golfer for Bandys with a 52.