June 7th, 2011
Finally, the Greater Hickory Classic is here.
After months of â€śswing into summerâ€ť commercials and promotional electronic billboards, the much anticipated PGA Champions Tour event arrived in Catawba County. Â Â Â Â
But before hitting the links to catch your favorite player, it might be a good idea to scout out the most optimal way to enjoy the weekâ€™s festivities.
Die-hard Classic fans were already out in force Tuesday to watch the Dale Jarrett shootout and had their own ideas of what the â€śbestâ€ť way to enjoy the tournament truly is.
Samuel Anthony Irby, 94, of Newton, passed away May 15, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Irby family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Dorothy Gray Hall Miller, 80, of Hickory, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory and 30 minutes prior to the service Thursday at the church.
As students countywide launched their last week of school, science lessons took flight at Tuttle Elementary School.
When students arrived at Tuttle on Monday, they found an eight-story, red, white and blue science class inflating on the field adjacent to the school. Thanks to Remax Crossroads in Lincolnton and Remax Carolina Hot Air Balloon Team, students at the school were able to get a first-hand demonstration behind the science of giant balloons they may have only seen from afar.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was crushed between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institutional Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene from injuries resulting from the accident's impact.
A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House in Hickory.
Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was locked between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges are filed at this time. Hickory Police are investigating.
Some of college baseballâ€™s finest players assembled in Catawba County for another season of the Catawba Valley Stars baseball team.
The Stars, which consist of college baseball players from different schools around the country, play in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The team has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The league consists of eight teams, and the Stars play a grueling schedule of 65 games in 75 days.
Also on the Starsâ€™ schedule are non-league teams from the Coastal Plains League, Independent League and MLB Rookie League.
Hickory golfer J.T. Poston shot a 32 to win Mondayâ€™s nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic at Rock Barn.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail finished third with a 35. Fred T. Foardâ€™s Sterling Cline and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished with 37s, which were tied for the fourth best score.
Udean Burke has 42 Prevost motorcoach buses at Christian Tours on N.C. 16. Each of them is 45 feet long.
Currently, when one of Burkeâ€™s fleet heads toward Newton, they simply take a left out of the Christian Tours parking lot and drive a few miles into town â€” no problem.
However, plans are in the mix to widen N.C. 16 as North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials want to make the highway four lanes with a median separating the north and south directions.
Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass a budget that will lower the
property tax rate by one half cent to 53 cents per $100 of valuation.
The county's budget will impact about 34 jobs, including about 10
building inspector positions that will be eliminated. During the last
four years, reductions to the county budget have impacted about 100
The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14
A local manufacturing company is considering an expansion that will bring 19 new jobs to the area.
Dalco Nonwovens, which manufactures non-woven textiles for automotive, landfill and furniture applications, is planning a $9 million expansion to its current facility in Conover. The expansion would retain 33 jobs and create 19 more.
Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement with Dalco on Monday that will grant the manufacturing company about $57,780 during three years.