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October 21st, 2011

Trojans trample Cavaliers, 45-6

October 22, 2011

Bandys’ defense muzzled East Burke, while the Trojans’ Dominique Young rushed for four touchdowns to help lift his team to a 45-6 win over the Cavaliers.

After leading 27-0 at halftime, Bandys allowed the only East Burke points in the early going of the second half. The Cavaliers Chuckie Ritchie scored on a 27-yard passing play to put East Burke on the board, 27-6.

Bandys responded immediately, marching down the field and Young scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, his fourth scoring run of the night. Young finished the night with 178 yards on 19 carries.

Merchants host candidate social

October 21, 2011

Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.

The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.

Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth — both in jobs and services — as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.

Catawba voter info online

October 21, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered if your boss or buddy swings to the political right or left, just look online.

Personal information for all 99,847 registered voters in Catawba County is on the Internet.

The information spreads much further than political party and precinct, too. Voters’ home addresses, ages and even home telephone numbers can be found on a Catawba County datasheet.

Catawba County Board of Elections officials say the information is public and is simply an online version of a list residents have always been able to request.

Service expansion

October 21, 2011

Carl Jenkins says an increasing number of families hold unique services to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.

He says an upgrade under way at Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton will help the business improve those services.

The funeral home broke ground this week on a new outdoor pavilion. The structure — 61 feet by 30 feet —will include a picnic-style shelter with ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and plumbing for restrooms.

Families will be able to share meals at the grave site of their loved ones after funerals.

Fire station shot

October 21, 2011

A shooting at a Maiden fire station could have been much worse.

Suspects fired two shots into Maiden Fire Department’s station on Startown Road in the past 24-48 hours.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the rounds damaged the station’s glass bay doors and hit one fire engine.

Police and fire officials believe suspects fired the rounds from the roadside on Startown Road within the last day or two.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said one firefighter was at the station as late as 1:30 a.m. Friday, and police are still investigating the shooting.

Early voting starts slow

October 21, 2011

On the first day of early voting in Catawba County, about 54 residents cast their votes for municipal elections. Election officials say the turnout is fairly normal for a municipal election.

By noon on Thursday, 33 residents had visited the Newton Main Library to vote for mayoral, council and school board elections throughout the county.

One-stop early voting continues at Newton Main Library today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Highland Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday. Election Day is Nov. 8.

October 20th

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 20, 2011

 Kenneth Ronald Danner, 58, of Newton, died unexpectedly Oct. 19, 2011.  The Danner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Graham Frank Clifford of Denver (formerly Stanley), died Friday Oct. 14, 2011. Frank was 89 and died at the Sherrills Ford Hospice House after a 20-year fight with prostate cancer.  Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley is serving the Clifford family.

Calming down a murderer

October 20, 2011

On Feb. 14, Michael Joseph Anderson called 9-1-1 to say he had brutally killed a man.

Anderson said he overdosed on pills and shot his roommate, Stephen Starr, three times before mutilating his body with an axe.

“I did some things to the body that you don’t want them to see,” he said during the phone call.

Tammy Saunders, a Catawba County 9-1-1 telecommunicator, was on the other end of the call throughout Anderson's disturbing confession.

October 19th

Tigers top Red Tornadoes in season finale

October 19, 2011

Fred T. Foard finished strong in its regular season finale against Hickory, beating the Lady Red Tornadoes on their Senior Night, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17.

The Lady Tigers’ win is the second of the season against a Hickory squad it hadn’t beaten in three years.

“It feels good that it was a win against Hickory,” said Foard coach Alison Yount. “That’s always a big deal. They are tough. They have gotten better. They’ve improved a lot during the course of the season. I think they gave us a really good match tonight.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 19, 2011

Velma Caldwell Lail, 90, of Sherrills Ford, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville.  The Lail family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Johnny A. Collins, 60, of Taylorsville, died Oct. 19, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.

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