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July 7th, 2011

Mountain Biking Made Easy

July 7, 2011

Mountain biking with a large family isn’t always easy. There are different speeds to consider, questions of endurance, child seats perched on the back of bikes versus toddler-sized carriages, and of course, those who don’t even care to bike. It is because there are so many factors that the location becomes imperative. Biking with friends, I found the perfect place that not only met everyone’s needs, but proved to be enjoyable even for non-bikers. It was a place as unique as its name: The Virginia Creeper Trail.

July 6th

'Dads Thompson allows five runs in Delmarva loss

July 7, 2011

After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.

Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.

Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.

Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.

Conover Fire Department gets $3,000 boost

July 6, 2011

Conover Fire Department is losing $2,400 in mutual aide funding from Catawba County, but it will still see a $3,000 increase in revenue thanks to an increase in property values in the city’s rural fire district.

Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson told Conover City Council that the mutual-aid funding, which at other times may have been called something else in the Catawba County budget, was in place since the 1960s. At the time the revenue stream was created, it assisted the county’s fire departments which were few in numbers, Hinson said.

Area drummer releases book

July 6, 2011

A Catawba County percussionist and educator recently published a new book that will be used by several middle and high schools in the area and statewide.

Area drummer Rick Cline published “Tools for the Developing Drummer” earlier this year, a comprehensive and instructional book for beginners and advanced drummers.

“I’ve been compiling these materials over the last 20 years, and I’ve been binding and making books for the sake of my private students for that span of time,” Cline said. “And it wasn’t until a couple years ago when I said, ‘I should just make an official book.’”

Change makes big impact

July 6, 2011

In nature, sometimes the smallest change makes all the difference.

A few rocks in a stream make a dam. A couple seeds in the ground produce a plant. Like the old saying reiterates – with every action, there is a reaction.

A lumber company in Maiden is proving that the same saying goes for society too, as one minor facility change at the company will produce numerous benefits for people as well as the planet.

July 5th

McGraw has 7 RBIs in Post 48 win

July 6, 2011

Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the East’s No. 1 seed, Huntersville, Hickory continued its dominance over Post 321 in the second round of the American Legion Playoffs.

Post 48 (15-8) scored 10 runs in three innings on its way to a 14-3 home route over Huntersville in game two at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

“We are just real focused right now on winning this series,” said coach Fore Rembert. “They want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.”

Crime rates down for county, state

July 5, 2011

Crime rates in the county and state are down from previous years — drops that law enforcement officials say can be attributed to a variety of reasons.

The overall Catawba County rate of index crime per 100,000 people dropped 10.6 percent in 2010, a decrease that is a bit more substantial than the state’s overall drop of 5.6 percent from 2009.

Violent crime per 100,000 people dropped 28 percent last year, a decrease that the county’s District Attorney Jay Gaither said can be partly attributed to his office’s habitual felon programs.

Crime rates down for county, state

July 5, 2011

Crime rates in the county and state are down from previous years — drops that law enforcement officials say can be attributed to a variety of reasons.

The overall Catawba County rate of index crime per 100,000 people dropped 10.6 percent in 2010, a decrease that is a bit more substantial than the state’s overall drop of 5.6 percent from 2009.

Violent crime per 100,000 people dropped 28 percent last year, a decrease that the county’s District Attorney Jay Gaither said can be partly attributed to his office’s habitual felon programs.

Tractor-trailer overturns, spills materials

July 5, 2011

A tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday morning causing a large mulch mess in the roadway.

A truck driver traveling south on N.C. 16 in Conover at about 9 a.m. Tuesday attempted to make a left turn at a stop light on to Thornburg Drive. The driver, who wished to remain unidentified, said he is not sure why his tractor-trailer overturned.

"I made a left turn and looked up in my rear-view mirror and saw the trailer rolling," the driver said. "I was not going fast. It was a routine turn."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 5, 2011

Ruth Kirksey Broome, 94, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Broome family.

 

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