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July 27th, 2011

North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

July 27, 2011

North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.

The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."

Blue Devils teaching football, values at camp

July 27, 2011

Youngsters from throughout the area gathered this week at Maiden High School for the sixth annual Blue Devils football camp.

The camp, which started Monday and concluded Wednesday, features third- through seventh-graders working with members of the Maiden football program, including coaches and players.

Each camper takes a turn playing every position, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.

‘Dads pitchers, homers ground Shorebirds

July 27, 2011

The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up on Tuesday at L.P. Frans Stadium. So did the Hickory Crawdads’ pitching and hitting.

The Crawdads got solo home runs from Christian Villanueva, Tomas Telis and Andrew Clark, while Hickory pitching combined for a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against Delmarva.

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 27, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

Maiden project to affect traffic, water

July 27, 2011

A plan to replace a 75-year-old water line in Maiden will affect traffic in coming months, but town officials say the impact will be as minimal as possible.

Maiden’s Main Street Waterline Replacement Project will replace one of the oldest water lines in the town as well as relocate a new water line out of the road. Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms said the old water line has had several breaks over the past few years. Buildup inside the pipe has caused the problem, he said.

July 26th

Windows to a new world

July 26, 2011

Before this summer, Snow Creek Elementary School’s library had blank, white walls.

Thanks to five Hickory High School (HHS) girls and Snow Creek media coordinator, Ellen Sigmon, windows have opened up in the library, literally.

“Since there aren’t windows, I thought it would be neat to have murals fill the blank space in the library,” Sigmon said. “I was talking to Caroline (Sigmon’s daughter) about it and she wanted to do one.”

No change coming

July 26, 2011

Voting districts in the Newton-Conover City Schools system will remain unchanged for the next 10 years.

As a result, about 50 homes — 112 citizens — will remain in the Conover district, while the population of the Newton voting district will remain slightly smaller than its counterpart in the school system.

Despite the slight size difference, the school system will be within population sizes outlined in the state election statues.

Police ID shotgun robber

July 26, 2011

Police have identified the man who robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday with a sawed-off shotgun.

Conover Police issued a warrant for Freddy Soots, 32, of Whiteville, with robbery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday and are searching for the suspect.

Police say Soots walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of a duffle bag and demanding money.

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 26, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

July 25th

Man killed in motorcyle crash

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.

Trooper R.E. Raper reported that Brittain was driving his 2006 motorcycle north on Heavner Road approaching the intersection of N.C. 10 West, about 10 miles West of Newton.

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