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September 3rd, 2011

Rain, lightning postpones Friday games

September 3, 2011

Rain in the Catawba County area forced several postponements of Friday night high school football games.

The first cancelled contest was a match-up of unbeaten teams between the Bandys Trojans (2-0) and East Lincoln Mustangs (2-0), which also features coach Randy Lowman’s 300th game as head coach. The game was postponed to Saturday at 7 p.m. due to power issues at the field.

September 2nd

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011

Elijah James Morrow was born Wednesday Aug. 31, 2011, and died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center.  The Morrow family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

John David Moore, 52, of Grassy Creek Road, Denver passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at CMC Lincoln in Lincolnton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Moore family.

Confronting the bullies

September 3, 2011

Cyber-bullying is not unique to any one school or system.

The frequency of conflicts, insults, harassment and bullying sparked on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is increasing at all levels of education.

"It is becoming an issue in all school systems, not just Catawba County," said CCS School Board Attorney Crystal Davis.

That has prompted school officials to begin taking a proactive approach to the problem, both before bullying — or harassment online — occurs and after.

Preserving memories

September 3, 2011

In 1869, Jonas Conrad Killian was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in Newton. In a two-year span, he was beaten, trampled and robbed for trying to raise a Union flag after the War Between the States ended and North Carolina had rejoined the Union. 

Jonas, a husband, blacksmith and member of the Union army, had a turbulent time surviving through a Confederate-supported Catawba County in the 1860s. 

Now, 150 years after he lived through, and served in the war, his descendents are finally giving the Civil War veteran the recognition he deserves. 

SCV seeks help for memorials

September 3, 2011

Area Sons of Confederate Veterans want to memorialize two fallen soldiers, but they say more help is needed to make the project a reality.

Members of the C.F. Connor Camp No. 849, SCV, are planning to build grave stone enclosures and memorial stones for two Confederate Soldiers from Conover that currently have no marker.

The soldiers’ wives are buried at Sipe’s Orchard Home in Conover, where the SCV plan to erect the memorial stones.

Conover officials meet with regional leaders

September 2, 2011

Two mayors are smarter than one. Many mayors working on the same challenges is even better.

That’s 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 “key” issues that will challenge the region in coming years.

Off-campus threats

September 2, 2011

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."

Carolina Panthers' preseason ends with 33-17 loss

September 2, 2011

The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.

Panthers’ 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 — 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 week’s game against Cincinnati.

September 1st

Behind Martin’s serve, Blue Devils win

September 1, 2011

When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.

Tied in the third game of the Blue Devils’ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.

Martin’s 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.

“We battled back when we needed to” said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. “Even though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.”

August 31st

Making the Midway

September 1, 2011

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 “ride,” and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing “Himalaya” tilt-a-whirl.

The fair is back.

However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fair’s 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.

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