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April 7th, 2011

2 wanted in armed robbery

April 7, 2011

Hickory Police are looking for two suspects involved Thursday in an armed robbery.

Two black males walked into the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 in Hickory about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal.

One of the suspects showed a knife and demanded money from the three clerks who were inside the store at the time. Deal didn't know if customers were in the store during the robbery.

Employees emptied the cash register for the suspects, and the men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packages of cigarettes.

Commissioners approve incentives

April 7, 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.

BREAKING: Police search for suspects in armed robbery

April 7, 2011

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.

April 6th

Crawdads’ season starts tonight

April 6, 2011

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 continues Internet upgrade

April 6, 2011

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.

Bonnie, Clyde identified

April 6, 2011

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.

Survivor speaks about tobacco dangers

April 6, 2011

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.

1 airlifted after 3-car crash

April 6, 2011

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 6, 2011

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.

April 5th

Four-letter man: ESPN’s Bodenheimer talks sports

April 5, 2011

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 Sportsman’s Club’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.
 

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