April 11th, 2011
When it comes to beer, the Hickory Hops festival attracts a large crowd.
âThis year, the Hickory Hops festival is expected to entertain 2,700 (people), that number came from ticket sales online, at Olde Hickory Tap Room and Amos Howards,â said Nikol Wuest, manager of Olde Hickory Tap room.
This year, brewers are traveling from as far as Georgia to showcase their top beer.
âI would say it has now doubled with brewers, as well as the interest of those who want to participate and sample the beers,â said Phil Bennett, a Hickory Hops volunteer.
One of two men accused of robbing a Hickory store Thursday is in custody.
De'andra Ventredous Killebrew, 20, of Charlotte, turned himself into the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department on Friday. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and is in Catawba County jail under a $9,500 bond.
Killebrew and another unidentified man allegedly entered the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 SW in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hickory Police Department.
Law enforcement representatives agreed Sunday that gang activity is a major issue in Catawba County.
During a Catawba County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch meeting at Newton City Hall, a panel of police chiefs and officers from nine local jurisdictions answered questions about gangs and other related issues.
Police chiefs and officers from the Hickory, Catawba, Conover, Newton, Maiden, Brookford and Claremont police departments agreed there is currently gang activity in Catawba County.
The City of Newton Human Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for the Cityâs annual Unity Day Award. The nomination deadline for this prestigious award is Tuesday, April 12. The award will be formally presented at the Cityâs Unity Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30 at Southside Park. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The nominee should be an individual, business, or industry that has demonstrated outstanding service to the Newton community and that has worked to improve relations among cultures and races in the City.
Rivals St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard met for the second time on the soccer field this season Friday. They didnât disappoint.
The Lady Indians scored five minutes into the game, and held off an aggressive second half by the Lady Tigers to remain undefeated in Northwestern Conference play.
âIt is the same old Foard-St. Stephens game,â said Lady Indians coach Chuck Davis. âIt is always a one-goal game. I donât care if it is raining, dry, cold or hot. They just get so pumped up to play against us.â
Politics may be at the root of a slow budget approval.
On Thursday, concerned parents, students and teachers gathered in the gym at Fred T. Foard High School to listen to Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger explain the budget process and what he hopes the numbers will look like for the 2011-12 school year.
"This is the first time in history that the General Assembly changed to a Republican party in both houses," Barger said. "There is a strong voice coming out of the newly elected representatives."
Celebrate moms and fund the Catawba County Parenting Network at the same time.
The Parenting Network organized its first fundraising event for April 16 and decided it should honor mothers for their years of nurturing and raising children.
"We are all about moms and parenting," said Susan Lee, Parenting Network director. "This is going to be an uplifting day to celebrate moms, and people can bring their moms."
Bandys High School turned into a farm for a day as agriculture came alive for county residents.
More than 2,200 students and residents discovered farm life Friday at the school's annual Ag Day.
After more than 25 years and doubled participation, this event continues to carry one purpose â to raise agricultural awareness among community members who may not have an understanding of where food comes from.
Newton-Conover scored six minutes into Thursdayâs game and never looked back.
The Lady Red Devils earned their third victory of the season, knocking off a tough Maiden team at home.
The win comes after Newton-Conover (3-13-0, 3-5-0) started the season with a 1-10 record.
âComing into this game, our mindset was that every game counts,â said N-C coach Robert Froyd. âEven if we donât go into the postseason, every game for us counts. It is a matter of pride, making sure we have respect for ourselves and showing each other what could have been.â
Hugh Gaither Sigmon, 85, of Conover, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Sigmon family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Kenneth Wayne Mellon, 42, of Taylorsville, formerly of Maiden, passed away April 4, 2011, at his residence. Services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home.