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May 10th, 2011

Auction to help victim

May 10, 2011

Family and friends want Tyler Good home from the hospital, but until then, they are seeking monetary support to help the young Newton man.
Good, 20, was in an accident with two friends, which resulted in a fatality.
According to Good's aunt Linette "Binky" Rowe, he is in a coma at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Rowe said Good has swelling in his brain, and doctors are unsure of the extent of brain damage Good might have.

Accident was 'a close call'

May 10, 2011

Two Pike Electric Inc. employees are happy to be alive after a close call Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Smith, 49, and Greg Roten, 41, were working on power lines on Sherrills Ford Road at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Smith was in the truck's bucket, while Roten was stationed on the ground, surrounding the Pike Electric truck.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 10, 2011

Carolyn Leech, 66, of Hickory, formerly of Davidson, and Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley following a long and courageous battle with cancer.  The Leech family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.

Chemical explosion burns Maiden man

May 10, 2011

A Maiden-area man was airlifted to Charlotte after a chemical explosion at a family pool left him with serious burns and danger of chemical inhalation.

The event brings attention to a looming threat as many area residents begin to prepare their pools for the summer swimming season.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Maiden Fire Department and Catawba County EMS and Emergency Management hazardous materials experts responded to an explosion at a swimming pool outside the home of Donald Ray Walker, at 709 W. School St., said Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps.

Newton mayor won't seek re-election

May 10, 2011

Newton Mayor Robert A. Mullinax announced Tuesday that he will not seek a third term as mayor in the upcoming municipal election Nov. 4.

Mullinax, an attorney in Newton for the past 34 years and a former District Court judge, was elected by the citizens of his hometown to posts in city government for the past decade.

In a statement issued Tuesday by Mullinax, he said he will step down as leader of Newton this year after serving as mayor since 2003.

Man arrested after stealing money

May 10, 2011

Catawba County sheriff's deputies arrested a man after he allegedly stole money from a cash register, while trying to buy a drink.

Tyler Bowman, 25, of Conover, approached the counter at Lake Lookout Market on Oxford School Road at about 2 p.m. Monday. Capt. Joel Fish said Bowman was attempting to pay for a drink. When the cashier rung up the sale and opened the register, Fish said Bowman stuck his hand in the cash register drawer.

"The clerk wrestled with him while he was trying to get the money," Fish said.

May 9th

Bunker Hill erases 4-0 hole, wins CVAC title

May 9, 2011

Down 4-0, the Bunker Hill baseball never gave up.

The Bears relied on their veteran leadership to score 10 runs over the next six innings on their way to a second straight CVAC baseball tournament championship.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 9, 2011

Modene King Atkinson, 76, of Claremont, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at her residence. The Atkinson family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Jasper Lawrence Bissette, 64, of Conover, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Bissette family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Protests continue in merger threat

May 9, 2011

Hickory mail processing center workers have one question in mind for their federal bosses — how can closing the Conover facility be a good decision?

"How's it going to work?" asked Katie Racine, postal clerk at the processing center.

Racine said if the U.S. Postal Service closes the processing center located in Conover and moves everything to Greensboro operations, its impossible to have mail delivered on time.

"How is it going to get back in the same amount of time (as it is now)," Racine said. "It's physically impossible, to our beliefs."

From Maiden with love

May 9, 2011

Ethan Allen employees Matt Jenkins and Brock Arrowood arrived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week with a trailer packed with supplies bought by their fellow employees at the Maiden furniture plant.

The scene they discovered was hard to believe.

"It looked like a bomb had gone off. There was nothing but rubble," Jenkins said. "There were entire areas that were just gone. There was nothing there, but trash, and then right across the road, everything was still intact."

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