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June 7th, 2011

Last week launches

June 7, 2011

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.

Granite Falls man dies at Hickory facility

June 7, 2011

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.

IFH employee dies at loading dock

June 7, 2011

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.

June 6th

Stars trying to build future Major Leaguers

June 6, 2011

Some of college baseball’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 Stars’ schedule are non-league teams from the Coastal Plains League, Independent League and MLB Rookie League.

Poston fires 32, wins Classic

June 6, 2011

Hickory golfer J.T. Poston shot a 32 to win Monday’s nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic at Rock Barn.

Bunker Hill’s Tyler Lail finished third with a 35. Fred T. Foard’s Sterling Cline and Maiden’s Thomas Lilly finished with 37s, which were tied for the fourth best score.

Citizens plead case to NCDOT

June 6, 2011

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 Burke’s fleet heads toward Newton, they simply take a left out of the Christian Tours parking lot and drive a few miles into town — 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.

Commissioners approve $196M county budget

June 6, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
current plan.

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
positions.

The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14

Local expansion to bring 19 new jobs

June 6, 2011

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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 6, 2011

Joyce Fern Booth, 74, died June 3, 2011.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Jenkins Funeral Home.

John Franklin Hunsucker Sr., 87, of Newton, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  The Hunsucker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Storms rip through county corner

June 6, 2011

Shawn Lebo's two young children went outside their N.C. 16 home to "enjoy the breeze" that preceded thunderstorms into southeastern Catawba County on Sunday evening.

"We had a trampoline over there, and the next thing you know the wind picked the trampoline up," Lebo said, adding the sight sent his children running back inside. "I looked out and you couldn't see anything."

With dark clouds surrounding the Denver area home, Shawn said hail began to fall, and moments later an oak tree uprooted and fell on the house, crushing his two children's bedrooms on the north side of the house.

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