May 12th, 2011
Kay Webster's candle ignited to the sound of a six-gun salute.
Slowly leaning toward her neighbor's shoulder, she passed the tiny flame on throughout the crowd, creating a mild orange glow beneath the barely-shining stars Wednesday.
She bowed her head and silently prayed for different police officers who died in the line of duty.
"It's like when they go, they are forgotten, and it shouldn't be like that," Webster said. "I don't think people realize that officers put themselves in the line of duty every day."
Grover William Setzer, 75, of Hickory, passed away May 11, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a brief battle with lung cancer. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Maxine Nance, 82, of Claremont, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Bethel Lutheran Church.
As National Police Week begins May 15, an initiative in Newton aims to salute the sacrifices of law enforcement officers, as well as the families who support those badge-wearing men and women.
Every year, between 140 and 160 police officers are killed in the line of duty, according to Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S. When an officer dies, they leave behind families that face challenges and concerns after their loved one's loss of life, said Holy Cross Lutheran Church Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick, who also serves as a Newton Police Department chaplain.
Rain forced the St. Stephensâ€™ soccer team to move its home game on the road Wednesday to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Lady Indians (16-3-3) responded by flooding their opponent, RS Central, with defense and drowning them in goals.
Macy Franklin scored three goals, including two in the second half, and Sabrina Summers had three assists, as St. Stephens rolled to a first round victory.
A man was shot in his side Wednesday after a domestic argument escalated at a home near the Burke County line in Hickory.
Harry Alexander, 37, of 7539 R.H. Road, shot his uncle in his side with a .22-caliber pistol after the two engaged in a fight that started inside Alexander's residence. The fight ended on Alexander's front lawn, said officers on the scene.
Michael Hughes was incoherent and in stable condition when he left the scene by ambulance, said Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Hughes was living with Alexander at the residence, Fish said.
Rev. Mark Steven Reed, 55, of Hickory, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Reed family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.
Kemp C. Honeycutt Jr., 85, died May 11, 2011, in Staunton, Va. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies seek help to locate catalytic converter thieves.
A spree that was occurring in Iredell and Alexander counties made its way to Catawba County recently, when at least three catalytic converters were stolen.
Most recently, a vehicle catalytic converter, valued at $200, was stolen from the 8200 block of Long Island Road in Catawba and another was reported stolen from the 8400 block of Long Island Road, valued at $665.
Capt. Joel Fish said the catalytic converters are most likely used for its metals.
With a declining mail volume and a financial loss of $8.5 billion during the last two years, the U.S. Postal Service is reviewing all operations to adjust its workforce to match Americaâ€™s changing communications trends.
This week, the Catawba County Department of Social Services exhausted a pool of state money designated for critical car repair for impoverished citizens. Meanwhile, one area car technician said he's repairing luxury vehicles, while DSS is using these funds to pay a portion of the bill.
"I think it's completely irresponsible," said Michael Norris, owner of Norris Auto Clinic in Newton. "If the customer can afford (an expensive car), then why can't they pay for the repairs?"
Hearing some chatter from Salisbury before their match, the Newton-Conover tennis used it as motivation, went out on the court and took care of business.
Senior Austin Adams earned key victories in singles and doubles, as the Red Devils defeated the Hornets to advance to the third round of the playoffs next Tuesday.