June 30th, 2011
A Vale man is happy to be alive after falling 40 feet down an old well Thursday near the Lincoln County line in western Catawba County. Â
First responders rescued Billy Townsend, 44, of Vale, on Thursday after he stepped on what he thought was a sturdy metal well cover and plummeted 25 feet into icy cold waters. He then descended another 15 feet.
âI donât know if that well has a bottom, but I didnât want to find out,â Townsend said, adding that the frigid well water was the worst part of the entire ordeal. âThe whole time I was thinking, âLord, just help me get out of this hole.ââ
Wrestling superstar and WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter visited Hickory on Saturday as part of the Hickory Crawdads game against West Virginia.
During his time at the game, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton spoke to Slaughter and interviewed him on a variety of topics.
Q: Were sports something you played growing up?
SS: I played a lot of baseball growing up. I did the pony league, little league and the Babe Ruth league, Legion ball in high school. I played football, too.
Q: How did you transition that into a professional wrestling career?
Four musicals, a Shakespeare classic and a âback by popular demandâ comedy highlight the Hickory Community Theatreâs 2011-12 season.
Leading the fun on the Jeffers Theater main stage is the timeless classic musical âThe Sound of Musicâ in September. It is followed by âDisneyâs The Jungle Book âKidsâ showing in October.
Marilyn Flo Rockett Esch, 83, of Conover, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Alberta House in Conover. The Esch family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
William Charles Boyd, 61, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Filing for 2011 municipal elections will start Friday for most cities and towns in Catawba County.
Those wishing to file for election or re-election can visit the Board of Elections office in the Catawba County Government Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Board of Elections Director Larry Brewer said potential candidates can also file for election through the mail, but said âmost people come by the office because there are other forms to fill out, also.â
Every day, the occasional train pulls a short line of box cars along portions of the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Catawba County. After chugging through farmland and rural pastures in Maiden, the railroad enters Newton, and then Conover â passing an array of abandoned textile and furniture plants that once thrived with life.
But since the millennium, the plants that once powered the countyâs economy have lost about 34,000 jobs to other areas of the country and overseas. This caused some to say the furniture and textile industry in the Greater Hickory area was dead.
Newton firefighters spray a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck that caught fire Wednesday in the driveway of a home at 1001 N. Davis St. in Newton.
Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the truck owner turned the vehicle on, left the air conditioning running and then returned inside his home. When the owner went back to the truck minutes later, the car was smoking and on fire.
Yoder added that his department first received a call of a garage fire and subsequently dispatched multiple fire engines to the scene. Yoder said that normally only one engine responds to a regular car fire call.
Police are searching for three individuals who broke into a Newton apartment Tuesday and strangled and choked a 73-year-old woman that was inside the home.
Authorities say Austin Chislom, 17, of Newton, was one of three suspects to enter a Newton womanâs apartment at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. The suspects allegedly strangled and choked the 73-year-old before stealing multiple firearms from the residence.
Post 48 opened the first round of the Region IV playoffs Tuesday with a bang.
Hickory scored four runs in the first two innings and got strong pitching performances from Tyler Poole and Jeremy Null. The duo combined to strike out 12 Gaston batters and allowed one run, as Post 48 won the opening game of a best-of-five series against the Braves, 4-1.
Lincolnton â A Newton man was arrested in connection with a 2010 shooting incident outside a Denver bar.
Chad Eugene Moten, 34, of Newton, was arrested by Lincoln County sheriff's detectives and charged with attempted murder, after police got "a break in the case" on June 18.
On Jan. 1, 2010, Jeremiah Seth Hoyle got into an altercation with the suspect inside the Neat Martini Bar at 751 N. N.C. 16, according to Lincoln County detective Kelly Paris.