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May 5th, 2011

Melton’s hit sends Trojans to CVAC semis

May 5, 2011

In a back-and-forth game between Bandys and Maiden on the baseball diamond, Daniel Melton had the final say.

The senior hit a shallow drive to left-center field to give the Trojans a clutch victory in the opening round of the CVAC baseball tournament Thursday.

Melton, who had three hits in the game, said the Trojans are used to these kinds of games.

“Our season has been like this all year,” Melton said. “It’s only taken one hit to blow a lot of games open. We just fought and got hot at the end.”

Thursday’s game included four ties and five lead changes.

NCCS names TOY

May 5, 2011

She's passionate. She has the power to teach and inspire students. And she always takes time to spread cheer to her co-workers. Who is she? Maggie Daniels — Newton-Conover City Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
"I'm completely humbled and appreciative to be here," Daniels said, during Thursday's Teacher of the Year banquet at Newton-Conover High School.
Daniels teaches English at NCHS, where she started her career five years ago after graduating from Notre Dame University. To Daniels, she's doing more than teaching; she's following her heart's desires.

Newton approves plans to meet water, sewer needs

May 5, 2011

During the fiscal year that begins July 1 Newton plans to tackle $2.4 million in projects to rehabilitate water and sewer lines.

City leaders say those projects will not only improve decades-old infrastructure that often fails, they will also improve the city's ability to protect citizen property from fires.

Newton will also spend $373,500 on a new records management system for the police department, replacing technology that has no back-up, and if it fails could wipe out all the information the city's law enforcement maintains.

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 5, 2011

Pauline Killian Kiziah, 95, of Conover, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Lutheran Home East.
Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

May 4th

Trojans clinch second straight CVAC title

May 4, 2011

The Bandys softball team honored three seniors on Wednesday in the best possible way — winning.

The Lady Trojans (13-1) shutout Bunker Hill on Wednesday, and in the process, clinched their second straight CVAC title.

Before the game, the team honored its seniors — Katie Carpenter, Kailee Punch and Kelsey Clark.

“Before we started this game, I showed them a picture of when they were 9 years old on a travel team,” said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. “It was right after we won our first tournament. It brought back memories because all three of them were on that team.”

Reilly fights for fair trial

May 4, 2011

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team guarded a silent Elisa Baker as she was escorted from a Ford Crown Victoria to Caldwell County Superior Court for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Once inside, a full staff of sheriff’s office deputies lined the courtroom and blocked each of the doorways.
The 42-year-old stepmother of Zahra Baker is facing one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her deceased daughter’s name to obtain electricity while she and husband Adam Baker lived in Hudson.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 4, 2011

Margo Wimpfheimer Tupman, 90, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels.  The Tupman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 

Tracy Stover Hammond III, 51, of Clover, S.C., died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Baker can leave NC with notice

May 4, 2011

Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.

Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.

District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.

History won't repeat itself

May 4, 2011

Stacks of books detailing the Holocaust not only opened the minds of readers and teachers, but started an in-depth discussion on the root issue of one of history's most devastating accounts of death — hatred.

Catawba Valley Community College received about 150 classroom sets covering the Holocaust through a grant from the N.C. Council on the Holocaust. CVCC is the only community college in North Carolina to have the instructional collection.

"The unique feature is that it's a regional collection," said Ari Sigal, of Catawba Valley Community College's library.

Empowerment builds women

May 4, 2011

Women broke a perceived barrier while coming together to help a family in need during Women Build Week.

Sounds of hammers and saws filled an area community, but those weren't men wearing hard hats. About 30 Catawba County women joined forces to help build a Habitat for Humanity house, which will soon be the home of Gayle Bumgarner.

"It's 'I can do it,'" said Anne Beach, of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. "It's an empowerment. There is a lot of paperwork and credit issues (for Habitat homeowners). It's a neat thing to watch their growth."

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