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October 3rd, 2011

Chamber gathers professionals for forum

October 3, 2011

Health care leaders say they're worried about the costs of providing patient services while complying with regulations of President Obama's reform plan that makes care available and affordable for more people.

Michael Blackburn, chief executive officer of Frye Regional Medical Center, said hospitals face having to deal with more patients while getting less reimbursement from programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

"The biggest thing to me is we aren't going to be reimbursed very well," Blackburn said. "More people will be covered, but I'm losing more money on more people."

Corpening pulls out of Conover race

October 3, 2011

Penny Corpening will not accept a seat on Conover City Council if voters re-elect her in November.

Citing concerns about conflicts of interest that could affect city and family business, Corpening notified the Catawba County Board of Elections on Friday that she has withdrawn from the race.

Conover shares success stories

October 3, 2011

Conover turned an old, undesirable plot of contaminated land into new economic development. City leaders say many state resources made the transformation at Conover Station possible.

Now the city is sharing the pathway to that development success with other towns across the state, and leaders hope to collect a few ideas for Conover at the same time.

Murder hearing Monday

October 3, 2011

The man accused of brutally murdering his roommate in February is scheduled to be in superior court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.


Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, is charged with murdering and mutilating the body of Stephen Starr, his roommate, earlier this year. Anderson has been in Catawba County Jail since Feb. 14.


During a 911 call the day of the murder, Anderson confessed to shooting Starr with a shotgun before using an axe to mutilate the victim's body.


Roles shift in DA office

October 3, 2011

A state prosecutor charged with driving impaired in June is no longer the district 25 attorney’s chief assistant. The DA says the assistant will continue prosecuting cases in Burke County.

Conover store robbed

October 3, 2011

A masked person robbed a Conover store with a knife late Wednesday night.

Conover Police say an unidentified suspect entered the Sunshine Mart at 302 1st St. West in Conover and demanded money from the store’s clerk.

The store manager and other employees said the suspect used a large knife to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk, who was unharmed but shaken.

Conover Police are still looking for the suspect, and store officials said they have video surveillance of the robbery.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Conover Police at 828-464-4698.

Catawba County crime reports

October 3, 2011

Incident reports

Sept. 27
Suspects kicked in the front door at a Hickory residence Tuesday and stole a gold-colored ring valued at $300. The damage to the property at 5809 Sulpher Springs Road in Hickory is valued at $200.

Sept. 27
Police are looking for a suspect that stole a bicycle from a Vale residence on Tuesday that is valued at $60. The bike belonged to Wendell Howard Austin, 67, of Vale, and authorities are still investigating the larceny.

Sept. 26

Maiden soccer coach steps down

October 3, 2011

Dennis Ly has stepped down as the head coach of Maiden High School’s boys and girls soccer teams.

Ly, a 1992 Maiden graduate, said he made the move because of “personal reasons.”

“It was in the best interest of the kids that I chose a different profession,” Ly said in a phone conversation Thursday.

Butch Parker, Maiden's assistant athletic director, called the move a “personnel decision.” Parker confirmed Ly is no longer employed by the school system.

Ly also served as Maiden's head JV boys basketball coach and as an in-school suspension coordinator.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 3, 2011

Charles Franklin Stroupe, 84, of Conover, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2011 at his residence.  The Stroupe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

David Estel Dancy, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  The Dancy family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

September 29th

Trojans honor player’s memory with win

September 29, 2011

Bandys defeated Maiden on the soccer field Wednesday, and in the process, honored one of coach Mark Simmons’ former players.

The Trojans’ 4-1 win comes six years to do the day that Simmons lost Michael Rabb toa battle with leukemia.

“I told the guys about Michael,” Simmons said. “He was very special to me. It gave the guys some extra motivation. They played for him tonight.”

Inspired by their coaches story, the Trojans (4-4-1, 4-1-0) scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.

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