October 3rd, 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 storeâs 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.
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.
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.
Dennis Ly has stepped down as the head coach of Maiden High Schoolâs boys and girls soccer teams.
Ly, a 1992 Maiden graduate, said he made the move because of âpersonal reasons.â
âIt was in the best interest of the kids that I chose a different profession,â Ly said in a phone conversation Thursday.
Butch Parker, Maiden's assistant athletic director, called the move a âpersonnel decision.â 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.
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.
Bandys defeated Maiden on the soccer field Wednesday, and in the process, honored one of coach Mark Simmonsâ former players.
The Trojansâ 4-1 win comes six years to do the day that Simmons lost Michael Rabb toa battle with leukemia.
âI told the guys about Michael,â Simmons said. âHe was very special to me. It gave the guys some extra motivation. They played for him tonight.â
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.
Itâs a duct tape revolution.
The days of simple, silver duct tape are over, and the colors are in. An influx of âFunky Flamingoâ pink, âZig-Zag Zebraâ and âTotally Tie Dyeâ tape designs are popping up at hardware and retail stores across the nation, and tape officials say they are selling fast.
More colors, designs and prints have led to more uses as well. There are duct tape sandals, duct tape flowers and even duct tape artwork.
The uses, styles and reputation of duct tape have definitely changed.Â
But what makes colorful duct tape so popular? What makes it different?
State cuts have caused the local district attorneyâs office to cut staff, programs and hours that directly benefit the public.
The state approved funding reductions this summer for departments across the board, but the court systems, and thus district attorneyâs offices, have felt the brunt of cuts approved in the stateâs $19.7 billion budget.
Henry Helton said 16 years ago he asked Claremont's city council for $250 to hire a band for a community gathering.
Helton, the special events coordinator for the city, said the council granted the money, a fair amount of people showed up to the event and what became Claremont Day has grown each year since.
This year's festival on Main Street begins Saturday at 9 a.m., with comments from Mayor David Morrow and Oxford Elementary School students singing the national anthem.
The Fred T. Foard volleyball team did something theyâve been waiting three years to do â beat Hickory on the court.
The Lady Tigers (11-4, 5-1) ended a three-year winning streak by the Lady Red Tornadoes (1-10, 1-5) on Tuesday, 25-22, 25-16, 25-9.
âItâs a big mental challenge trying to beat a team that you are used to losing to for the last couple of years,â said Foard coach Alison Yount. âThe fact that we were able to overcome that and beat them is a good booster into the next game.â
Catawba County and the Southeast region are remembering a âlegend of Southern gospel musicâ today that you might have known for different reasons.
Charles Ray Burke was an area businessman who friends and family say devoted countless hours to the Southern gospel music industry. He was most known for his behind-the-scenes leadership that launched the careers of notable quartets and singers, but Burke tuned a long list of business ventures throughout his lifetime that continue to be felt today.
Burke died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 23, in Maiden. He was 75.