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July 18th, 2011

From the publisher: Rising to a distinguished example

July 18, 2011

Growing up, I never really had a chance to “know” my grandparents. Three of the four were alive for my early childhood, so I have some recollections of a couple of grandmothers and a granddaddy. That said, my relationships with all of them, unfortunately, was little more than that of a child with their doting grandparents.

July 15th

Maiden grad Sizemore working hard this summer

July 15, 2011

Most college students spend their summer free from books. Some take on summer jobs. One local product, though, is using this free time to get better on the baseball diamond.

Former Maiden and current Liberty University baseball player Justin Sizemore is playing for the Martinsville Mustangs from Martinsville, Va.

The Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plain League (CPL), one of the best summer collegiate wood bat baseball leagues in the country.

Conover, Maiden council races full

July 15, 2011

Most filing for the 2011 Catawba County Municipal Elections is complete, and several council races have a host of competitors.

The Conover City Council race has three seats open for election, but eight candidates declared for the race. In addition to all three incumbents up for re-election, the filers include a past Conover mayor and current school board member.

Former Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard declared Friday that he would run for city council. Eckard lost to current Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. in the mayoral election of 2009.

He has been out of city government since.

Driver falls asleep, flips

July 15, 2011

North Carolina State Trooper K.E. Travis investigates a car wreck scene at the intersection of Startown Road and Kings Grant Drive in Newton.

Travis said an unidentified driver was traveling south on Startown Road when he probably fell asleep at the wheel and ran his car off the road.

The car flipped upside down and landed on the right shoulder.

The driver was trapped momentarily before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in stable condition.

Man pleads guilty for dog cruelty

July 15, 2011

The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to “willfully and intentionally” killing three dogs and depriving two others.

In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewitt’s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden man’s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewitt’s property during the search.

NCCS board voting district to change

July 15, 2011

Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.

As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 15, 2011

Owen “Pete” Percy Wagner, 88, of Conover, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011, at his residence.  The Wagner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 

Carl Eric Pittman, 47, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011.  Mackie-High Funeral Home serving the family of Carl Eric Pittman.

Fire damages club's building

July 15, 2011

An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.

Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.

BREAKING: One killed in crash

July 15, 2011

One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.

Workday planned for 158th Balls Creek Campmeeting

July 15, 2011

Although the Balls Creek Campmeeting is a month away, “tent” owners are beginning to prepare for the 158th year of the historic campmeeting.
The wooden shacks, called tents, are cleaned, painted and aired out in anticipation of Sunday, Aug. 14, opening day for the annual campmeeting.
Campmeeting will commence with the 7:30 p.m. service and will close with the 7:30 p.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 28.
According to Robert Eades, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Balls Creek Campground, a workday will be held Saturday, July 16.

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