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June 10th, 2011

The Cove delivers new foundation

June 10, 2011

A new Christian church is convening in Newton-Conover Auditorium, and as it does, it combines a comfortable worship with cutting edge technology, while also providing a firmer foundation for the facility and the faithful.

Offering its first services Easter Sunday, The Cove Church established a new Catawba County home in Newton-Conover Auditorium. Guided by a site pastor who shepherds his local flock, the growing regional church offers a relaxed worship setting that connects with a broader community of faith thanks to the power of the Internet.

Graduation Time

June 10, 2011

Catawba County high schools have started graduation exercises.
Students from Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover Health Science high schools.
Ceremonies continue Friday and into the weekend.

Maiden: Friday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Newton Conover: Friday, 8 p.m., Newton-Conover High School.
Fred T. Foard: Saturday, 10 a.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
Bandys: Saturday, 2 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College.
St. Stephens: Saturday, 7 p.m., Catawba Valley Community College

Summer art fun at Hickory Museum of Art

June 10, 2011

Hickory Museum of Art has a fun, exciting way for children to spend some time this summer and develop their creativity in a fun and stimulating environment.
The week-long, half-day Art Camps explore a variety of media. What better setting to learn, make art and have fun than at an art museum? Youth Educator Ginny Zellmer has been with HMA for 13 years. During her time there, art camp classes — which were in place before she came to the Museum — have grown in popularity, and in what is offered.

Storm topples steeple

June 10, 2011

The Mountain View Baptist Church steeple came toppling down at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after high winds ripped the 28-foot long tower from the church’s roof. Church officials said the fallen steeple left about a 12 feet by 12 feet hole in the roof.

Event spotlights farming evolution

June 10, 2011

Floyd Sigmon walked slowly up to his old John Deere Grain Binder on Thursday with a smile full of pride.

“I reckon it’s about 80 years old,” Sigmon said. “It’s probably from the 1930s.”

The ancient grain binder, now covered in rust and oil, was once a revolutionary piece of farming machinery, something Sigmon hopes to teach Catawba County citizens about very soon.

June 9th

Pro golfers ‘feel at home’ in Conover

June 9, 2011

PGA and Champions Tour golfer Kenny Perry arrived in Catawba County on Wednesday and it “immediately felt like home.”

“People sound like I do when I talk, and I feel very comfortable around here,” Perry said. ““Being a country boy, I enjoy the South and it’s very comfortable being around people like this. It’s very nice.”

This is Perry’s first trip to Catawba County for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, but the 14-time PGA tour winner said Monday it was an easy decision to select Rock Barn.

Cities charge more for services

June 9, 2011

Despite a crowd of 35 to 40 people, the city of Claremont passed a budget Monday without any public comments or complaints.

After Claremont City Council members opened a required public hearing to the larger-than-usual audience, no one decided to speak, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.

“The commissioners held the public hearing, and nobody came up to speak,” Barrick said. “The commissioners closed it, made a few comments and approved the budget.”

Q&A with NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs, Denny Hamlin

June 9, 2011

NASCAR owner and Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs and one of his three drivers, Denny Hamlin, visited Catawba County on Tuesday.
Both men played in the Dale Jarrett Shootout, which is part of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Gibbs owns three Super Bowl titles with the Washington Redskins (Super Bowls 17, 22, 26). His three Sprint Cup Series championships came with drivers Bobby LaBonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2005).
Hamlin owns four of his 16 Sprint Cup Series victories at Pocono Raceway, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing this weekend.

June 8th

Former Tiger attempts to win NCAA title

June 8, 2011

A former Fred T. Foard athlete is aiming to win an NCAA championship in the hammer throw today.

Malcolm Styers, a former member of the Tigers’ track and field program and current senior at Appalachian State, qualified for the NCAA National track and field championships with a career-best performance May 27 at the NCAA East Regionals.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 8, 2011

Larry Joe Reinheardt, 84, of Claremont, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Reinheardt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 

Mack Alexander Houston, 80, of Hickory, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.

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