September 2nd, 2011
Two mayors are smarter than one. Many mayors working on the same challenges is even better.
Thatâs what the Conover mayor and mayor pro-tem are saying after meeting with regional municipal leaders Wednesday to identify universal concerns, challenges and goals around the piedmont.
Conover Mayor Lee Moritz, Jr. and Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman helped leaders identify eco-development, infrastructure and sustainability as three âkeyâ issues that will challenge the region in coming years.
As the prevalence of social media continues to grow in schools, age-old problems of name-calling, bullying and harassment have flourished on a whole new level.
"Once Facebook came in and became the social network of all the teens, I guess the kids think they can go on there and say anything they want to, even if they are not saying it out loud to other people," said Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger. "They think they can say anything they want to, and it often hurts people's feelings or causes conflict."
The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthersâ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Newton also had one rush â a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last weekâs game against Cincinnati.
When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâs serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
âWe battled back when we needed toâ said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. âEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â
It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.
Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high âride,â and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing âHimalayaâ tilt-a-whirl.
The fair is back.
However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fairâs many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.
Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.
Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.
After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigersâ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.
Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.
âItâs the âcherry on topâ to our good season,â Carey said of the honor. âThis is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.â
If Hurricane Irene told us anything, itâs that preparation for emergencies can be a significant, and potentially life-saving, matter.
Before you go buying protection for dust storms or dig an underground bunker for tornadoes, itâs important to know what types of emergencies are most frequent to Catawba County.
The countyâs emergency management coordinator said general preparation is always good, but there are certain incidents in specific for which area residents need to be ready.
The area chapter of the American Red Cross is sending more volunteers east to assist with clean-up and assistance efforts after Hurricane Irene.
The Catawba Valley chapter of the Red Cross is sending at least two more volunteers to counties in eastern N.C., adding to six volunteers and employees already helping out, said chapter Executive Director Suzan Anderson.
Serendipity--like a great ladyâis standing regal and tall on North Carolinaâs Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.
The house made famous in the movie âNights in RodantheâÂ is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.