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July 4th, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4, 2011

Charles “Charlie” Ledford, 72, of Newton, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  The Ledford family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 

Betty Sue Clanton Small, 77, of Lincolnton, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  The funeral was held Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.

Attorney General warns of repair scams

July 4, 2011

The North Carolina Attorney General is warning consumers about home repair schemes that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year.

With strong convection storms ripping through the state nearly every week, Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolina homeowners to “do their homework” before signing a contract or paying any money for repairs.

A day in the life of a tennis coach

July 4, 2011

Winning a tennis match isn't the only competition Kathy Kim thrives from. Kim gets an adrenaline rush from rising before the sun sets and teaching others the game of tennis.

For the past 35 years, Kim has been teaching tennis at the Hickory Foundation YMCA after never setting foot on a tennis court in her life.

It was Kim’s three kids and the need for more teachers at the YMCA that brought her into the world of tennis.

Maiden celebrates 6th year of parade

July 4, 2011

As Pontiac convertibles and sport utility vehicles eased down East Main Street in Maiden, 2-year-old Colby Frye was having a hard time keeping up.

Decked out in red, white and blue gear from head to toe, Frye rocked back and forth on a miniaturized and toy version of an off-road ATV — trying to get as much momentum as he could to hold steady with the parade.

He was fading backwards, getting tired and becoming frustrated. But just as he was about to give up, a helpful push from his dad sent Frye spiraling forward. A smile shot across his face.

July 1st

West Virginia sweeps Stars at L.P. Frans

July 2, 2011

West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.

The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).

West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.

Wild 6, Stars 3

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 1, 2011

Fred Marshall Shook, 62, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 30, 2011.  The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Lillie Irene Ballard Lawing, 94, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Stanley Total Living Center, Stanley.  Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Kids parade for Fourth

July 1, 2011

“Get ready.”
“Get set.”
“Go!”

With the green light to start, a healthy line of patriotic pre-schoolers and adolescents took to the large roundabout outside Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory ready to ride.

Hoisted up on bikes, tricycles, big wheels and strollers, the cluster of about 50 children produced a sea of red, white and blue that floated slowly down the narrow street connecting different portions of the SALT block off of N.C. 127.

Police step up checkpoints for Fourth

July 1, 2011

Area law enforcement will employ checkpoints and step-up patrols this weekend in preparation for the July 4 holiday Monday.

Local police chiefs said Friday that their departments will collaborate with others to help enforce Booze it & Lose it: Operation Firecracker, a campaign initiated by state officials to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced earlier this week that local law enforcement officers from across the state will help with the campaign.

Local officials file for re-election

July 1, 2011

Several area officials registered to run for re-election Friday on the first day of filing for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.

Most of Maiden’s town officials due for re-election filed for candidacy Friday, including Mayor Robert Smyre, councilman David Boldon and councilman Max Bumgarner Jr.

Councilman Howard Ervin did not file, but non-incumbent Mike Moore did file for the councilman race.

Charges filed in strangulation case

July 1, 2011

Police arrested a Maiden man Friday that is accused of choking and strangling a 73-year-old Newton woman before stealing multiple firearms from her home. 


With help from the Maiden Police Department, Newton Police arrested and charged Austin Sinclair Anthony, 22, of Maiden, with attempted murder, kidnapping and larceny charges Friday after he and two other suspects choked and strangled an elderly woman Tuesday.

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