October 26th, 2011
Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger says he's not happy with the 2012-13 school calendar approved by the system's board of education this week.
"It's a terrible calendar," Barger said. "We're boxed in by the state."
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved the addition of five days to the school year. For the 2011-12 school year, the state Department of Public Instruction granted waivers to all 115 school systems to use the extra days for teacher training. Students will still attend classes 180 days this year.
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
Bench was a member of the â€śBig Red Machineâ€ť clubs that played in Cincinnati from 1970-1976. Those teams, which included Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Concepcion and manager George â€śSparkyâ€ť Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.
The District 25 Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for two men charged with murdering a cab driver earlier this year.
A state prosecutor announced in court on Monday that his office will proceed and seek a capital charge against Camyron Johnson, 23, and Matthew Hopkins, 22.
Both men are charged with murdering Adam Williams, 32, who was killed while on duty working for Yellow Cab Company in August.
Fresh off its grand-championship performance last weekend, the Newton-Conover High School Band will host its own competition Saturday.
Thirteen bands from North Carolina and Virginia will compete in four classifications at the 28th Annual Southeastern Classic at the high school.
The event is a fundraiser for the Newton-Conover band program, and Director Haskew Smith said proceeds will go toward a spring break trip to Florida for performances and fun.
Newton-Conover High School's 2011 marching band show begins with students stretched across the football field, from one 20-yard line to the other.
As the first song in the show progresses, the students come together closer to midfield.
Red Devil marchers say the band has also come together this fall.
"We've gotten progressively better every time we've competed, with our music, with our feet and our morale as a group," said Asha Evans, a senior who plays trumpet and captains the brass section.
Kenneth John Kuhar, 41, of Newton, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The Kuhar family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Pauline “Polly” Y. Cloninger, 93, of Claremont, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cloninger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.
The churchâ€™s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuaryâ€™s brick-and-mortar frame.
â€śColumns were falling down and there wasnâ€™t any concrete left in the walls,â€ť said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.
â€śIt didnâ€™t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.â€ť
The church demanded a fix â€” and fast â€” before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.
A tough stretch of soccer games for St. Stephens got even harder on Monday, when the Indians hosted second-ranked Hickory.
The Red Tornadoes (18-1-2, 11-0-0) scored five goals, including three in the second half, maintaining their unbeaten mark in conference play with a 5-0 win over St. Stephens.
It was the third straight game that the Indians (7-5-2, 5-4-2) were shut out, following a 0-0 tie against Hibriten and a 2-0 loss to Foard last Wednesday.
"We are in a little bit of a slump right now,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śHopefully, we can get it together.â€ť
Ten games into his career as quarterback for the St. Stephens Indians varsity football program, Matt Williams is already making huge strides.
The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman is coming into his own after starting the season sharing the snaps for the Indians (3-7, 1-4).
â€śWe knew coming into this season that he was going to be a solid quarterback for us,â€ť said Indians coach Fred Whalen. â€śHe worked out with us at the kids camp over the summer. When he worked with us, we saw the potential he had there.â€ť
A Conover residentâ€™s thoughtful donation adds more history to the cityâ€™s newest building.
Dwight Rockett, a Conover fireman and native, permanently loaned two antique vehicles earlier this year to the cityâ€™s Multimodal Complex.
The century-old U.S. Postal Service buggy and railway freight cart will be housed on the third floor of the complex that opened Monday.
City officials say the antiques add another historic aspect to the 100-year-old revitalized building that housed manufacturers throughout the 20th century.