February 2nd, 2011
The future just got a little brighter for a few Red Devils.
Four Newton-Conover athletes signed paperwork on Wednesday to play NCAA athletics and further their education.
Football players Octavius Harden and Mike Comer signed on to attend Wofford College, while football teammate Cameron Shuford and tennis player John Reid signed with Mars Hill College.
The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.
The PA system may have been silent before the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill girls basketball game, but the Lady Red Devils offensive and defense were loud.
Kadesha Gibbs and Samiya Pitts combined for 26 of the Lady Red Devilsâ€™ 57 points, and Newton-Conover forced 26 Bunker Hill turnovers on their way to the Catawba Valley 2A victory.
The win by the Lady Red Devils (16-2, 10-1) is the first since a tough 61-44 defeat last week against East Burke.
Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe remembers the game all too well.
The background of Lydia Marlene Stewart's cell phone is a photo of her standing in front of centuries-old pyramids in Egypt.
The photo was snapped during her 16-day tour of the country, which ended just days before political unrest erupted from Egyptians demanding changes in their government.
When Stewart, of Claremont, sees images of the violent protests calling for 30-year ruler Hosni Mubarak to step down, she hurts for the country that she said was a lifelong dream to visit.
It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.
Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure â€” with or without the money.
The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.
The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.
Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.
Catawba County is thousands of miles away from Tucson, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.
But as Giffords recovers, her therapy mimics the therapy received by many Catawba County patients, who struggle every day to recover from once life-threatening conditions.
Giffords is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation center, much like the rehabilitation center at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.
Lois Elizabeth Barger Arrowood, 86, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Arrowood family.
Vernie Smith Weaver, 68, of Conover, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her residence. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home, of Hickory, is serving the Weaver family.
The Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honored 18 female and 15 male swimmers in the area on Monday.
Among those honored were eight swimmers from Newton-Conover and four swimmers from Bandys.
Bandysâ€™ Michaela Beatty was named the girlâ€™s swimmer of the year. Beatty had an impressive year, especially in her two strongest events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the CVAC championships on Jan. 22.
Beatty finished third in both events at the state level as a sophomore last season.
Brenda Jennings Shook, 56, of Conover, joined her husband, Bobby Shook, and her parents, Earl and Peggy Jennings, in the loving care of Jesus on Jan. 31, 2011. The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Herbert Ray Little, 90, of Catawba, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Brian Center in Viewmont. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Little family.