October 6th, 2011
Harold Duckworth electrified the minds of Startown Elementary School children Thursday.
The faces of Ahna Smith, Taylor Melkner and Leng Khang lit up as Duckworth raised the bucket on a city of Newton power truck.
"That thing was awesome when it went up," said 5-year-old Cody Lutz, pointing into the sky.
Cody's peers agreed. Dozens of children waved to Duckworth and said goodbye as he raised the bucket. Duckworth waved back and smiled.
Hedy S. Gilbert, 81, of Cardinal Health Care in Lincolnton, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Gilbert Family.
Lawyer Eades is now hailed as folk artist Eades
Robert Oren Eadesâ€™ first art show was at Hickory Museum of Art in 2006.
â€śI sold all my stuff and had fun,â€ť Eades said.
That day was pivotal â€” Eades closed his law practice and turned his attention to art â€” 3-D folk art.
As a resident of Sherrills Ford, Eades spends his days creating more folk art in 3-D.
Eades recalls a childhood of drawing and always making things.
â€śI donâ€™t recall taking art lessons,â€ť Eades said.
Bunker Hill pushed as hard as they could on the tennis court Wednesday, but Maiden refused to yield.
The Lady Blue Devils (17-2, 13-0) knocked off the Lady Bears (10-3, 14-4) for the second time this season, and in the process, clinched their third-straight conference title.
â€śIt really is quite an accomplishment,â€ť said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. â€śWhen I started here a couple of years ago, we had to start from scratch. It was tough. That first year was tough. The last three years, weâ€™ve been very fortunate.â€ť
Dennis Woodrow Wilson, 41, of Newton, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wilson family.
Kimberly Karen Hollar, 49, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at her residence. The Hollar family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
Itâ€™s the hottest item on a car thiefâ€™s wish list.
Catalytic converters, parts in the exhaust system used to reduce emissions, have become a prominent target for thieves because of the high price tag some carry. The car parts contain elements like platinum and rhodium, precious metals that often sell for thousands of dollars per ounce. As prices for those metals continue to skyrocket, authorities say larcenies will remain prominent as well.
Newton-Conover High School students learned facts about the health care system that surprised them Wednesday morning.
Luckily, the students had Lanier Cansler â€“ the state secretary for Health and Human Services and a 1971 Bandys High School graduate â€“ in their health occupations classroom to explain the system.
A man who led Claremont police on a chase all the way to Conover is in custody.
Hickory police arrested Adrian Durrand Johnson Jr. on Tuesday on drug charges, three days after he led a Claremont police officer on the chase.
Claremont officer D. Allen was on patrol at about 3:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed a truck in the parking lot of the RockTenn business at 2690 Kelly Boulevard in Claremont.
Knowing the business was closed, Allen pulled into the parking lot to check on the truck, which then took off at a fast speed, said Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert.
Authorities have sought Boyce Dean Travis, 34, of Maiden, since he was spotted trying to break into an elderly womanâ€™s home on Sept. 17.
Travis and his nephew, Brandon Lee Yarborough, 19, of Maiden, tried to break into the residence around 6:35 a.m. Sept. 17 but did not gain entry, police said.
When the men returned to their car outside the house, a neighbor called police and reported the suspicious activity, police said.
Upon arrival, Maiden Police Officer Ptl. Stikeleather located a small gold-colored vehicle with two white men inside.
Businesses in Newton can sell merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their locations â€” although city code hasn't officially prevented them from doing so in the recent past.