March 1st, 2012
John Coffey and Jeff Hartman have a lot in common â€” both are extremely talented artists and are known and recognized â€śfar and wide,â€ť as the saying goes. Theyâ€™ve known each other for 16 years but the ease of being around them together speaks volumes more than 16 years. Itâ€™s only natural for Coffey and Hartman to team up together in business. But to these artists, itâ€™s more than business, and they donâ€™t like to think of what they do as business....
They met at The Green Room Community Theatreâ€™s 1996 production of Broadwayâ€™s longest running musical, â€śThe Fantasticks.â€ť
The smiles never stopped.
Neither did Melanie Elrod.
Thatâ€™s what her coworkers, friends and community leaders said this week.
Elrod retired Wednesday after 34 years in the Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) system.
â€śI always liked going to school,â€ť she said. â€śI always went to school. I never went to work.â€ť
Elrod, a native of Cramerton in Gaston County, wanted to be a French teacher.
Flanked by his attorney David Freedman and Hudson Police Chief Andy Day, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield arrived at the Caldwell County Magistrateâ€™s Office on Thursday afternoon to surrender on four charges of felony larceny.
Before entering the building, Mayfield said he was pleading not guilty to the charges.
â€śI did not do this,â€ť Mayfield said. â€śIâ€™m a little surprised by this.
Itâ€™s all tied in to whatâ€™s going on in Catawba County."
Mayfield was charged by Hudson Police after a year-long investigation.
A Newton man is in jail after attacking his friend with a flashlight.
Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies arrested Derek Jerome Cox, 31, of 2350 Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton, on Wednesday after he attacked his friend to steal money.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at the residence of 4660 Bear Cove Road in Catawba, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
Reid said Cox attacked the male victim while he was putting a large sum of money into a safe. He said Cox first hit the victim with a collapsible baton and then a flash light after that.
The following are recent arrests and incidents in Catawba County.
Terri Lee Lanning, 44, of Hickory, was arrested on a charge of making harassing phone calls. She was held on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Juston Scott Benge, 16, of Hickory, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. He was released with a written promise to appear in court.
Andrew William Brightman, 25, of Hickory, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. He was released with a written promise to appear in court
Filing for Election 2012 is over, and races for Catawba County Commission, the N.C. House and Senate and even the state auditorâ€™s office are full of contenders.
Get the complete rundown of candidates for the May 5 primary in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba County students are exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through tours of the countyâ€™s hubs for those occupations. Find out about Maiden Middle Schoolâ€™s visit to Frye Regional Medical Center in The O-N-E.
There was no shortage of runs Wednesday between Fred T. Foard and Bunker Hill on the baseball diamond.
In spite of that offense, a wild pitch by the Bearsâ€™ Justin Aiken allowed Foardâ€™s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.
â€śIt was all heart,â€ť said Foard coach Channon Vogel. â€śThese guys just fight and never give up. In our first game this year against Shelby, we were down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning. We came back and won that game. I knew if we stayed in this game, weâ€™d find a way to win.â€ť
Behind a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Hannah Callahan, the Maiden girls softball team earned a 11-0 victory on the diamond against Lincolnton on Wednesday.
Emily Crouse led the Lady Blue Devils (1-0) offensively, going 2-3 from the plate with a pair of doubles.
Callahan struck out 10 Lincolnton batters and walked two in her no-hit performance.
Maiden plays again today at 6 p.m. when it travels to Ashbrook.
Lincolnton 7, Bunker Hill 2
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team ended its regular season Wednesday night with a 78-68 win over Guilford Technical Community College at the Tarlton Complex.
Guilford (10-19, 4-11) pressured CVCC (14-16, 8-8) into a number of early turnovers. The Titans took an 11-10 lead within the first 10 minutes on a lay-up by sophomore guard DeAndre Gandy.
That marked the Titan's only lead of the game.
Freshman guard Preston Earle helped to grow CVCC's lead to 30-16 on a three-pointer with 3:52 left in the first half. The Bucs carried a 37-29 lead into the locker room.
Several local officials are running for state office.
Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright filed for the office of N.C. state auditor on Wednesday, the last day of filing for state and local offices.
Wright has served as Hickoryâ€™s mayor since 2001 and was even voted Americaâ€™s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.
â€śI think that Iâ€™ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. Thatâ€™s why I decided to run for state auditor,â€ť Wright said.