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March 18th, 2011

Baker, Wilkinson combine for 18 strikeouts in pitching duel

March 18, 2011

The temperature heated up Friday and so did the pitching at St. Stephens.
Lady Indians’ pitcher Katie Baker and Alexander Central’s pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson combined to allow one hit in six innings in Friday’s Northwestern Conference battle. 

The Lady Cougars (5-0, 4-0) got the best of Baker and the Indians (4-2, 0-2) in the sixth inning, as she allowed two crucial hits. The Indians made two critical errors in a heartbreaking 3-0 loss at home.

Friday, March 19, 2011

March 18, 2011

Macel Christine Willis Beard, 76, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beard family.

Connie Lucille Canipe Miller, 42, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Miller family.

Pierre halfway to job requirements

March 18, 2011

Advance Pierre Foods is about halfway to the job-creation requirements outlined in an incentives package provided to the company when it expanded its Claremont operations last year.

The company announced a year ago this month that it will add 500 jobs and bring a $16.8-million investment to the Claremont facility on East Main Street.

The company has until December to fulfill those requirements, which means 264 jobs must be added to the facility in nine months or Pierre Foods will risk losing its incentives.

Case continued for triple-murder

March 18, 2011

The man accused of shooting three people to death in a Conover mobile home park was assigned a new court date Thursday — one day before he was slated for a first appearance in court.

Everette Hewitt, 32, of Claremont, had his case continued to April 6, according to the Catawba County Clerk of Court's Office. Hewitt is charged with murdering three people Tuesday when he allegedly walked into a Conover mobile home and started shooting.

Overturned truck closes parkway

March 18, 2011

A portion of McDonald Parkway was closed when a truck overturned from a mechanical malfunction during a Friday-morning commute.

No one was injured in the crash, but officers closed the roadway for several hours as the North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the incident.

UPS truck driver Daniel Stidham, 52, of Tennessee, was turning left on McDonald Parkway in Hickory about 8 a.m. when his vehicle had a mechanical failure, said Hickory Police Sgt. C. Anderson. The malfunction caused the truck to flip during the left turn, sending the truck into a guard rail and a power pole.

Unemployment increases — by how much?

March 18, 2011

The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina announced Friday that the latest unemployment rates increased in almost 100 percent of the state's counties.

But that percentage could leave out some of the county's jobless, masking a higher unemployment rate than was originally projected.

Unemployment rates are based on estimates of people seeking work in the state, said Larry Parker, an ESC spokesperson.

March 17th

Hickory takes top honors at county match

March 17, 2011

The Hickory men’s golf team won the Catawba County golf tournament for the 11th time in 12 attempts Thursday.

Leading the Red Tornadoes was the sensational play of senior J.T. Poston, who shot a 4-under-par-68 to win the tournament. That performance comes three days after he shot a 1-under-par-71 Monday in a Northwestern Conference match.

County governments to meet

March 17, 2011

Two county governing bodies are set to hold meetings Monday night.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

Maiden Town Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers of the Maiden Branch Library.

Items on the meetings' agenda include:

Maiden Town Council:
-Finance officer's report for February;
-Public hearing for a text amendment to allow metal roofs on mobile homes;
-Manager's report to discuss funding options for a new town hall;

County battles gas prices

March 17, 2011

Private citizens aren't the only people in Catawba County experiencing an economic crunch since gas prices started to increase.

County agencies, that provide essential transportation and response services to residents, are also looking for ways to cut fuel costs during an increasingly difficult budget year.

Catawba County Schools has about 246 buses it uses to transport the county's students to school and other activities. Some of those buses run double and triple routes to accommodate the needs of every student, said CCS transportation director Cecil W. Davis.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March 17, 2011

Connie Canipe Miller, 42, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  Arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary in Newton.

John  “Jake” Lawrence James, 88, of Conover, died Wednesday,  March 16, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.  The James family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

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