April 22nd, 2011
Two years ago, Dr. Kerry Reeves and wife Joy left behind the comforts of their Conover home and moved into an orphanage in Haiti, as they expanded New Vision Ministries into a full-time
Some of the many services they provide for the Haitian people include vision care, business
mentoring programs for fisherman and a sponsorship program for children, which involves a sponsor paying for a year's worth of education.
In Haiti, there is no such thing as public education and according to UNICEF, roughly 50 percent of their children never step foot in a classroom.
After losing senior leader Katie Johnson to a knee injury in the second period, St. Stephens was determined not to let her down.
Freshman Alex Roarke and sophomore Macy Franklin each pocketed goals in the second period, as St. Stephens picked up its eighth conference victory against Watauga on Thursday.
â€śKatie gets hurt and all of a sudden, we picked up our play,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śYou have to hand it to the girls for having their teammates back. They wanted to do it for Katie. It was nice for them to step up in her absence.â€ť
A mail carrier met her worst nightmare Thursday when she was attacked by five dogs while delivering a package to former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's property.
According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, Mary Bolton, 32, was delivering mail at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday to 6397 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba.
Catawba Fire Chief Don Robinson said Bolton could not fit a package into the mailbox, so she attempted to walk to the home when she was attacked by one dog. Robinson said four more dogs then approached Bolton and also attacked her.
Even though Saturday's tornadoes were miles away from Catawba County, that didn't stop area American Red Cross volunteers and employees from making a trip to help victims.
David Garrison, administrator for readiness and response with Catawba Valley American Red Cross, arrived Sunday with two other Red Cross volunteers to help feed victims.
"We have a partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men (organization)," Garrison said. "We buy the food, they prepare it, and we distribute it."
Margaret Elizabeth Houser Jenks, 80 of Vale, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her residence. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 5 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.
Jo Ann Harper returned to her roots.
Born and raised “in the country,” Harper’s family farmed and lived off the land.
Harper, a downtown Conover merchant and member of the merchant association, was one of three people instrumental in forming the Conover Farmers Market.
“We were brainstorming about ways to revitalize downtown Conover, and I asked the merchant’s association if they ever thought about having a farmer’s market,” Harper said.
A school bus full of students was rear-ended at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Bandys High School.
One vehicle hit the back of the school bus at 1158 Buffalo Shoals Road. There is minor damage to the vehicle and bus. No injuries reported.
The Bunker Hill girlsâ€™ soccer team got off on the wrong foot Wednesday â€” literally.
The Lady Bears (2-13-2) struggled against a strong West Iredell team. They had no shots on goal and allowed six goals to drop a non-conference game at home.
The Lady Warriors (12-6-0) scored four goals in the first period and added two early goals in the second period to come away with a 6-0 victory.
With warm weather on the horizon that can only mean one thing â€” L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse is now open.
Strawberry season started Monday, which is early for L.F.R. Farms and Greenhouse.
Farm owner Lucas Richard said the best weather for strawberries is cool, dry temperatures. Berries donâ€™t typically start to bloom until March 15 or as late as March 20, he said.
â€śOur season usually runs from April 20 to June 15, (if lucky) we can go to the end of June,â€ť Richard said, who has owned the farm since 1995.
â€śIt just depends on if the weather can stay cool till the end of June.â€ť
To swim or not to swim?
That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.
Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.
"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."
Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.