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May 16th, 2011

Hickory man recovers from fox attack

May 16, 2011

A 76-year-old Hickory man started rabies treatments after he was attacked by a fox, which was later confirmed to have rabies.

Officials with Caldwell County Animal Control said that on May 11, the man was playing golf with friends at Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course in Granite Falls. According to the report, at about 2:30 p.m., a fox came out of the woods and attacked the man by biting him on the bottom part of his leg. The man’s golf partners started beating the fox with their golf clubs, killed the animal and called Caldwell County Animal Control.

Pottery to overflow at Music, Mud

May 16, 2011

What better way to experience the annual Music and Mud festival than to get a little muddy?

Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply in Hickory will once again have a booth set up at the festival Saturday to let event-goers create their own piece of Raku pottery.

Rosalie De Fini Outlaw, who owns the studio with her husband, Jason, said they offered the Raku pottery at last year's festival, and she said it was an activity everyone enjoyed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 16, 2011

Douglas James Gajus Jr., 45, of Sherrills Ford, passed away May 13, 2011, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.

Margie Mae Earle Williams, 71, of Vale, died Friday, May 13, 2011.  Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Justin Houser officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Burn victim in critical condition

May 16, 2011

A Maiden man is fighting for his life after a chemical explosion left his lungs, throat and body burned last week.

Jeff Walker, 43, was airlifted to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Burn Center on Wednesday after a mixture of pool chemicals exploded outside his brother's residence at 709 W. School St. in Maiden.

Walker, who works for the town of Maiden's water and sewer department, is on life support and in critical condition, family members said Monday.

May 13th

Barr Ks 12, Bears’ season ended by Rams

May 13, 2011

After trying to survive over an hour rain delay and 12 strikeouts, the Bunker Hill baseball team’s season is over.

The Bears lost to Starmount at home on Friday. The Bears finished with a 26-2 record.

Impressive in victory was Starmount pitcher Alex Barr, who struck out 12 batters and allowed four hits in six innings pitched.

The Rams (17-8) went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning. After third basemen Tanner Mathis reached base on a two-out single, catcher Jake Barr hit a two-run homer off of Bears’ pitcher Jeremy Null.

SSHS students involved in armed robbery

May 13, 2011

About five St. Stephens High School students were allegedly involved in an attempted armed robbery Wednesday.

Hickory Police are investigating an incident, where a 17-year-old victim said he was forced into a silver Volkswagon Jetta, pistol whipped and later drug from the vehicle. The victim said the incident started at a house on 37th Avenue Northeast on Wednesday.

The victim to Hickory Police that when he was able to be released from the vehicle, he got into another car and attempted to follow the Jetta.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 13, 2011

Marnice Russell Beaman, 92, of Newton, formerly of Albemarle, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.  The Beaman family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Jeremy “Bird” Eugene Frye, 25, of Claremont passed away Friday, May 13, 2011, due to an automobile accident.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Frye family.

Maiden residents could see tax break

May 13, 2011

Maiden residents could likely see a drop in their property tax rate for the next fiscal year.

If passed by town officials, the proposed tax break will save town residents nearly $80,000 and can be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.

Though the town of Maiden will lose revenue with the cut, town officials feel that money would be better left in taxpayers’ pockets.

“Unlike other towns, we’ve had some great economic news,” said Todd Herms, Maiden town manager. “The council though it was right to only tax to the level that was needed.”

Conover plans water, sewer, landfill cost increases

May 13, 2011

Taxes may not be increasing in Conover, but city residents could see an increase in their water, sewer and landfill expenses.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in costs,” said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr., adding most of the increase is coming in energy costs.

“When fuel costs go up, everything goes up.”

Storytelling is Reno's purpose

May 13, 2011

The people are what makes Michael Reno thrive on stage.

Reno, a storyteller and musician, said being on stage and interacting with an audience is where his material starts.

"The audiences are the reason I keep going," Reno said. "People liked to be talked to and told stories."

That's why Reno chose to participate in the second annual Music and Mud event May 21 at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton. Reno participated in the event's first year, and he's has been traveling the United States and Europe for more than 40 years telling stories and singing music.

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