September 27th, 2011
This Dollar goes a long way.
A new Dollar General will open in Catawba this week, giving town residents quick and easy access to basic grocery store needs. There is no grocery store in Catawba, and many residents have to drive outside town lines currently to get food or a general item quickly.
The store is located at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Oxford School Road.
A Conover man faces a charge of driving while impaired after he wrecked his moped Tuesday morning on N.C. 16.
Gregory Eugene Shook, 51, was impaired by medication, not alcohol, when he lost control of his scooter just before 5 a.m., said Trooper B.K. Perkins of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Perkins said the first person to arrive after Shook's accident was Keith Cranor of Roan Mountain, Tenn.
"He found him across the center line of the road, called 911 and waited," Perkins said of Cranor.
Shook was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Alcohol was involved in a Sunday crash on U.S. 321 that killed a woman, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Tyler Harold Shull, 27, of Hickory, is charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after a crash that killed 21-year-old Jessica Justice of Stanley.
Shull, with Justice in the passenger seat, was driving his 2008 Volkswagen Passat north on 321 when he hit a 1996 Jeep SUV driven by Brooke Nicole Shipman of Clyde.
Surviving weather conditions and a tough opponent on Monday, the St. Stephens soccer team picked up a big conference victory against rival Fred T. Foard.
Sophomore Luke Bruce scored a goal for the Indians (5-1-1, 3-0-1) in the 62nd minute of the game and held off a late game charge by the Tigers (8-5-1, 3-2-0) to earn the win.
â€śFoard is one of the toughest teams in the conference,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śWe knew we had to come ready to play. The guys worked really hard out there.â€ť
Lena Faye Abernethy Cline, 68, of Robinson Road, Newton, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cline family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Pieces of a recreation trail in Newton and Conover were in the spotlight on Sunday, even as dark rain clouds threatened.
Leaders in both cities dedicated segments of the Carolina Thread Trail â€“ a planned 126-mile pathway that will meander through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The trail is named for the countiesâ€™ rich fabric manufacturing heritage.
Just after 2:30 p.m., members of Conoverâ€™s city council lifted a white sheet off a sign that marks the Thread Trail on a stretch of the Gateway Trail off 1st Street.
A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton manâ€™s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.
Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Authorities returned to Leathermanâ€™s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.
Fish said Leathermanâ€™s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.
After a torrential downpour drowned Carolina on Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds just in time for the Panthers.
With 6:44 left in the Panthersâ€™ final quarter against Jacksonville, quarterback Cam Newton engineered a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive to help give Carolina a 16-10 lead. Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen for a 16-yard touchdown play, and the rookie quarterback found his favorite target again for the ensuing two-point conversion.
With the game tied 13-13 and 8:30 left to play, the Bandys Trojans began to march. And march.Â And march.
Nineteen plays, 80 yards and 6:21 later, Bandysâ€™ Dominque Young rushed five yards into the end zone to help give the Trojans a 20-13 lead, and a victory over the visiting Newton-Conover Red Devils.
â€śThat is what we have to do,â€ť Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of the long late-game drive. â€śOur guys have figured that out. They know we canâ€™t rush. We canâ€™t hurry. We have to try to methodically, move the chains, move the chains, move the chains.â€ť
South Iredell made an emphatic statement Friday against Bunker Hill: they are the reigning Catawba Valley Athletic Conference champions, and they are here to stay.
The Vikings (6-0, 2-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense, including a combined 452 yards from quarterback Adrian Whitener and running back Cameron Mattox, crushing the Bears in Claremont, 49-2.
Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner compared Fridayâ€™s contest to a race at a dog track.