April 7th, 2011
Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentives package for a Hickory company in the hope that the business will bring much-needed jobs to Catawba County.
Furniture manufacturer Fairmont Designs will receive a $25,000 grant to help the company increase productivity and efficiency or relocate equipment. In exchange, the company agreed to create 200 jobs and invest $1.5 million.
Hickory Police are searching for two males involved in an armed robbery.
About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, two black males robbed Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 in Hickory. The men left on foot and believe to be carrying a knife.
Both men appear to be in their late 20s and wearing black hood sweatshirts. One is of a large build, while the other is thinner. One male was wearing khaki pants, and the other was wearing a black head scarf and has a mustache.
Anyone who sees the men or has information about the armed robbery, call Hickory Police at (828) 328-5551.
The Hickory Crawdads kick off the 2011 campaign tonight against the Asheville Tourists.
After the Texas Rangers made the World Series last season, the expectations are high for their minor league affiliate in Hickory.
Town of Catawba officials voted Monday to continue improving the town's online presence with an upgraded website.
The town will spend $1,200 on a program to add customization features to www.townofcatawbanc.org, a website that currently gives the town "a limited amount of flexibility," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett.
During the council's April meeting, Barnett showed council members the town of Elizabethtown's website, which will resemble Catawba's new website, once it is completed.
"It'll be the same concept, but it will be geared toward Catawba," Barnett said.
Police identified the man and woman dubbed Bonnie and Clyde, and the pair faces several charges and $1 million bonds.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Michael Neal Bagwell, 35, and Diana Michelle Dayton, 35, both of Georgia, are facing numerous criminal charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony larceny.
His voice is hoarse and scratchy, like someone with a lingering case of the flu or an over-zealous sports fan.
But no amount of rest, cough drops or medication can cure his voice.
"Would you want to talk like this forever?" asked Fred Haywood, 55, a former smoker and cancer survivor, who now works as a tobacco educator at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A man wobbled unsteadily and lifted his arms for balance as North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers helped him to his feet, patted him down and placed him in handcuffs.
The man was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday on Interstate 40 that caused one victim to be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Troopers on the scene said prescription drugs were involved in the crash.
Truman Leonard Carter, 78, of Lincolnton, passed away April 6, 2011, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.
Nancy Jane Moose Cadieu, 76, of Maiden, passed away April 4, 2011 at her residence. Services will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 4 p.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
George Bodenheimer, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, visited Catawba County on Tuesday. He was the guest at the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Clubâ€™s second meeting of 2011 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
During his time in Hickory, Bodenheimer was interviewed by the press about a variety of topics, from sports to broadcasting to his career at ESPN.
Q: Who is your favorite broadcaster?
A: Probably Keith Jackson. He spent many years at ABC and hosted college football for a number of years. He did a wonderful job.
Two suspects were shot by police Tuesday after the couple went on a car theft and home invasion crime spree.
Sheriff's deputies opened fire on a man and woman after a high-speed chase and pursuit yards from a day care and Sherrills Ford Elementary School.
"They had a Bonnie and Clyde thing going on," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The pursuit started about 2:45 p.m. when sheriff's deputies received several calls reporting sightings of a suspicious vehicle in a subdivision about 5 miles from Island Point Road in Sherrills Ford.