August 8th, 2011
It was nearly two years ago that Justin Walker, formerly Justin Weisner, had his lifeâ€™s defining moment.
The now 20-year-old, who has Down syndrome, scored a touchdown in his senior year for the Newton-Conover football team against West Caldwell.
Today, Walker is trying to conquer another hurdle in life â€” his first job. Heâ€™s spent the entire summer working as a bat boy for the Hickory Crawdads.
A Maiden man is dead after he apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday.
Divers recovered the body of Marlowe D. Young, 35, of Maiden on Sunday after searching for the man who apparently drowned while swimming to shore a day before. Â
Authorities say Young was boating with three friends on Saturday close to channel marker B2 on Lake Norman. At about 4 p.m., Young and some of the friends jumped off the rental pontoon boat and tried to swim to Goat Island, which was close by. Â
If you walk throughout the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, there are not many areas that are off limits. It is a place that administrators say is â€śvery open and public,â€ť and in the end is an educational tool that serves the societal group within its name â€“ the community.
â€¨â€śOur general areas are all open to the public,â€ť said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.
SUMTER, S.C.â€” A brawl after a play at the plate has put American Legion baseball teams from North Carolina and Georgia out of a regional baseball tournament in Sumter.
The decision to remove both teams from the Southeast Regional Tournament came after organizers consulted with national American Legion officials.
The fight erupted after Cherryville Post 100 scored two runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0 over Douglasville, Ga., Post 145 on Sunday morning.
Searchers recovered the body of a Maiden man who apparently drowned Saturday while trying to swim to an island at Lake Norman.
Thirty rescuers resumed a search early Sunday but didn't find the body until mid-afternoon, a spokesman for the Iredell County Sheriff's Department said.
The sheriff's office identified the man as Marlowe Demar Young, 35, of Maiden. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Mooresville, the spokesman said.
As members of Congress debated deep cuts to federal spending, workers were busy inside the Capitol Hill office of GOP Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry.
The renovations included laying new carpet, a new coat of paint for the walls, hanging drapes and unboxing new furniture.
McHenry, an outspoken conservative from Cherryville whose district stretches from the suburbs of Charlotte west into the Blue Ridge, said through a spokesman the work had been scheduled for months and that the new furniture was needed to replace old wooden desks that were "basically falling apart."
Eager for his senior season and the opportunity to play football in college, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson went to work this summer.
The 6-foot-3-inch signal caller took part in 10 camps all around the state of North Carolina in hopes that a school would notice him.
Betty Jean Lail Ross, 80, of East Maiden Rd., passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Ross Family.
A Catawba County Hmong association wants to expand and share its culture with others. Property recently re-zoned by county commissioners should help that happen more quickly.
Catawba County commissioners re-zoned land belonging to the Hmong Southeast Puavpheej, Inc. association last month from residential to a mixed-use district â€“ a move that will allow the Hmong to build a multi-purpose facility that will be used for festivals and cultural education.
Catawba Countyâ€™s region has one of the largest Hmong populations in the nation, and new census data reports that those numbers are holding steady.
â€¨From 2000 to 2010, the Hmong population in Catawba County has grown by about 1,000 people, and there are about 3,000 Hmong currently living in the area, according to census data. The Hmong population makes up about 2.1 percent of the total population in Catawba County and makes about 60 percent of the total Asian population county wide.