August 11th, 2011
Dr. Richard Griffin recently returned from Bolivia. Again.
Griffin, 78, was 34 when he made his first trip to Bolivia. After 44 years, he lost count of the number of times he traveled to Bolivia.
â€śOh, I guess 30 trips, something like that,â€ť Griffin answered softly.
The gentle-mannered doctor is accustomed to the hectic pace of a busy ophthalmology practice. Griffin â€” born and raised in Hickory â€” was in practice with his father for many years, the late Harold Griffin. He continued in the family practice when his father retired. Then, Griffin signed on at Graystone Ophthalmology.
Sarah Green Palmer of Catawba died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Palmer family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Katie Rohr Gouge, 61, of Newton passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. The Gouge family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
James Lee Morgan, 51, of Newton, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at his residence. The Morgan family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Linda Kay Flowers, 70, of Icard passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 with family by her side. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Flowers family.
Area emergency officials were busy in the countyâ€™s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.
â€¨Catawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.
The first addition to Newton Depot Authorityâ€™s outdoor museum rolled into the station on Tuesday, and it is more than 90 years old.
A crane lowered a 1920s-style locomotive and fuel tender into place on Tuesday on non-functional train tracks behind the Newton Depot Authority on N. Main Avenue.
Depot officials said there is only one other locomotive and tender set like it in the nation.
Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun â€“ these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion â€śCruisinâ€™ & Car Showâ€ť scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
In its 20th year, Cruisinâ€™ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisinâ€™ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunionâ€™s weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.
According to the NC State Highway Patrol, there is a one-man incident on Interstate 40 that involves a man in a vehicle with a gun. Traffic is not moving on either the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 between mile marker 123 and 125. The traffic stall by police began around 10:15-10:30 p.m.
More details as they become available.
It was nearly two years ago that Justin Walker, formerly Justin Weisner, had his lifeâ€™s defining moment.
The now 20-year-old, who has Down syndrome, scored a touchdown in his senior year for the Newton-Conover football team against West Caldwell.
Today, Walker is trying to conquer another hurdle in life â€” his first job. Heâ€™s spent the entire summer working as a bat boy for the Hickory Crawdads.
A Maiden man is dead after he apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday.
Divers recovered the body of Marlowe D. Young, 35, of Maiden on Sunday after searching for the man who apparently drowned while swimming to shore a day before. Â
Authorities say Young was boating with three friends on Saturday close to channel marker B2 on Lake Norman. At about 4 p.m., Young and some of the friends jumped off the rental pontoon boat and tried to swim to Goat Island, which was close by. Â
If you walk throughout the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, there are not many areas that are off limits. It is a place that administrators say is â€śvery open and public,â€ť and in the end is an educational tool that serves the societal group within its name â€“ the community.
â€¨â€śOur general areas are all open to the public,â€ť said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.