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June 3rd, 2011

Poole, Hoyle, Jordan guide Post 48 in win

June 3, 2011

The Hickory American Legion baseball team opened up the home portion of its 2011 season in fashion.

Post 48 (2-0) scored early, adding one run in the first and four runs in the second, on its way to a 11-2 win over Rutherford County Post 423 Wednesday.

Leading the way offensively was Stephan Jordan, who had three RBIs. Jacob Hoyle added two RBIs.

Pitcher Tyler Poole also played a great game, allowing seven hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters.

Bears sweep doubleheader with N-C

June 3, 2011

In a back-and-forth battle in doubleheader Junior Legion baseball, Bunker Hill got the best of Newton-Conover.

The Bears scored six runs in the final two innings of game one to earn a 9-5 victory.

They swept the doubleheader with two clutch RBIs in the bottom of the fifth inning by Nathan Gantt to win game two.

Bunker Hill 9, Newton-Conover 5

The Red Devils and Bears tied after the first inning with both squads scoring two runs each in the first frame.

Man identified in Hickory murder

June 3, 2011

One man is dead and a woman injured after an early morning Hickory shooting.
Eric Lynn Icenhour, 25, of Alexander County, was pronounced dead on the scene after Hickory Police responded to the shooting in the 900 block of Second Street Southwest in the area of Blue Ridge Heights apartments. Icenhour and an unidentified woman were riding in a car at about 2:45 a.m. Friday when both were shot.
The woman was injured in the shooting, but was treated and released from the hospital.
Hickory Police are investigating.

BREAKING: John Edwards charged in felony indictment

June 3, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury charged two-time presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday with soliciting and covering up the secret spending of more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.

The grand jury's indictment in the case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contained six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.

One man dead in early morning shooting

June 3, 2011

One man is dead and a woman is injured after an early morning Hickory shooting.
Hickory Police said the shooting happened at about 2:45 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Second Street Southwest. A male in his 20s was pronounced dead on the scene. A woman was injured, but has since been treated and released from the hospital.
Hickory Police are investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828)-328-5551.

Emotions mixed on NC 16 project

June 3, 2011

Earlier this year, the Jones Fish Camp restaurant in Denver offered an “orange barrel special” every weekend.
The dinner deal, which changed frequently, played off the bright orange traffic barrels that lined Jones’ parking lot because of widening construction to the adjacent new N.C. 16 highway.
“We’re going to make the best of it, even if we lose a few parking spaces,” said Garrett Goodson, owner and president of Jones Fish Camp.

June 2nd

Catawba fire being investigated

June 2, 2011

Catawba County Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that took four area departments to put out Thursday.

“When the first engine arrived on the scene, it was fully engulfed in flames,” said Catawba Fire Department Chief Donald Robinson. “A neighbor saw smoke in the area, and then saw the (mobile) home on fire.”

The fire started at an abandoned mobile home on Maggie Road in Catawba.

Firefighters from Catawba, Bandys, Sherrills Ford and Claremont fire departments helped put out the “fully involved” fire that consumed much of the home.

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 2, 2011

Vickie Lynn Kelley Beaver, 51, of Lincolnton, was promoted to glory Thursday, June 2, 2011, at her son’s residence.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beaver family.

The Rev. Frank James Blackburn, 70, of Taylorsville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.  A gathering of friends and family will be at 4 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Newton.

Conover gets $333K grant for Conover Station park

June 2, 2011

Conover was one of 26 state municipalities to receive a grant for its Conover Station park.

State officials announced the award of $7.6 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Conover received $333,744, from the grant program.

"I want to thank our staff for preparing such a great grant application," said Conover Mayor pro Tem Kyle Hayman. "Conover was competing with 80 grant applications across the state and only 26 received funding. I think this says a lot about our project, and I appreciate our state officials for recognizing the value of Conover Station."

Newton to consider $40M budget

June 2, 2011

After tweaking budget numbers the past two weeks, Newton City Council is preparing to consider a budget plan that will leave property taxes, and water and sewer rates unchanged for the year ahead.

The $40 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 will also provide a 1 percent cost-of-living increase for city employees, although it will also make dental insurance optional and raise other health insurance rates on employees' dependents. The proposed budget will increase electric customers' rates 5.5. percent.

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