October 17th, 2011
A Catawba County man is lucky to be alive after running his car off an exit ramp and slamming into a tree Friday night.
Jamie Lee Abernathy was driving on the I-40 westbound off-ramp at exit 135 on Friday night when he drove off the road and slammed into a tree at a high speed.
Police say Abernathy sustained a cut to his forehead in the accident and was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. His car was totaled in the wreck.
Claremont police say Abernathy was intoxicated, and authorities are still investigating what caused the wreck.
Sidewalk signs are currently prohibited outside businesses in downtown Newton, but that could all change.
A measure that will be discussed during Newton City Council's meeting tonight proposes new rules for temporary signs in the city's central business district. Under the proposed ordinance, business owners could apply for an annual permit to display sidewalk signs outside their downtown storefronts.
The measure comes after city staff met with representatives from the Downtown Newton Development Association and the Newton Merchants Association, according to Newton Planner Max Sigler.
Matt Kenseth may have started second in Saturday's Bank of America 500, but he played second fiddle to no one when all was said and done.
The driver of the No. 17 Fluidmaster Foard passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go on his way to his 21st career victory and second-ever win in Chase races.
Leading 7-0 early in the second half, Fred T. Foardâ€™s defense defined itself in the Tigersâ€™ conference contest at St. Stephens.
With the Indians punting from their own end zone, Foardâ€™s Tanner Fleming knew the game was on the line.
â€śI gave it all I had. I knew it was important. I knew it was a big play to make,â€ť Fleming said of a play where he blocked a Zach Bryant punt that was recovered by Sam Benfield in the end zone for a Foard touchdown.
â€śIt felt like a dream,â€ť he continued. â€śWe are not a team that wins often, but right there, it clinched the victory.â€ť
You could say Matt Johnson had the â€śMidas Touchâ€ť on Friday.
The senior quarterback, ran for three touchdowns on three runs in Fridayâ€™s game, making his last regular-season home game at Maiden High School a memorable one.Â
Johnson, along with teammate Will Jenkins, helped the Blue Devils pull ahead 27-0 in the first half and never looked back, earning a 48-7 conference victory over the visiting East Burke Cavaliers.
After first serving black students in Catawba County and later low-income pre-schoolers, Central High School in Newton now faces an uncertain future.
"The building is empty, and now the question is, what do we do with it?" said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
Marian Lara and Oscar Clemente turned their eyes to the sky above Shuford Elementary School on Friday as two rockets floated down into a field behind the school.
Marian and Oscar cheered as parachutes opened and their classmates chased after the vessels.
The rockets were launched by Shuford fifth-graders on the final day of a science program presented by N.C. Starbase, a Charlotte-based organization that has taught science, technology, engineering and math concepts to children for 16 years. Many of the Starbase staff members are former public school teachers and principals.
Consistent growth has forced St. Stephens Fire Department to expand to meet residents' needs.
The departmentâ€™s services and personnel have ballooned since its original two-bay station and small crew of the late 1950s. Today, the department serves more than 16,000 residents in northeast Catawba County and boasts a staff of about 40 full-time and volunteer members.
More members â€“ and more calls â€“ demands more space, something the department has anticipated for the past two years.
Some of the nationâ€™s top security experts are being bred off U.S. 70 in Hickory.
In a few years, they will be some of the best crime fighters in America, but they might not be what you expect.
They donâ€™t carry guns, and they arenâ€™t masters of Taekwondo. They donâ€™t have patrol cruisers or wear the stereotypical CIA suit.
No, these super heroes fight crime and protect the innocent through the click of the mouse and punch of the keyboard.
Sharing the same colors during â€śVolley for the Cureâ€ť night, the Saint Stephens volleyball team persevered over Fred T. Foard to share the season series between the two schools.
The Lady Indians (16-3, 9-1), who suffered a five-set defeat against the Tigers at home on Sept. 20, avenged the loss with a 3-1 victory over Foard on Thursday, 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18.
â€śWe knew we could do it,â€ť said Lady Indians coach Denise Mullins. â€śWe saw the momentum shift at times and it kind of made us nervous at times. We knew we had the strength and desire to do it. The momentum stayed with us.â€ť