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May 25th, 2011

Crawdads return to Frans, top River Dogs

May 25, 2011

The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.

Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.

Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.

Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).

School uses Thermo Compactors

May 25, 2011

Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.

That’s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.

The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.

“The students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we don’t have the same amount of garbage,” said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. “It’s been very easy to operate.”

The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.

County to cut mutual aid fire funding, despite needs

May 25, 2011

Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.

The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid — funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.

"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 25, 2011

George William Gardner, 76, of Claremont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Ruby Vandeline Bradshaw Pugh, 82, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Brian Center East.
The celebration of life service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at 3:16 Christian Community Church.

Senate budget threatens NCCS, HPS

May 25, 2011

The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.

"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."

Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.

Dear editor: USPS consolidation would 'murder' Hickory

May 25, 2011

Dear editor:
I oppose all attempts by the U.S. Postal Service to consolidate the Hickory Processing and Distribution Facility into the Greensboro plant over 80-plus miles away.

Free compost, mulch for Newton residents

May 25, 2011

The city of Newton has a limited amount of compost and mulch that is being offered to Newton residents free of charge.

Citizens may pick up the compost and/or mulch at the city’s facility on Boston Road (off N.C. 10 West) on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call the city of Newton Sanitation Division at (828) 695-4294.

May 24th

Tigers knock off unbeaten Franklin

May 24, 2011

For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.

The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.

Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.

Rotary salutes character, integrity

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotarians presented the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award on Tuesday night, and just like the annual award's namesake, this year's recipient is a club member "exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity."

Newton-native, World War II veteran and career contractor Glenn E. Yount was presented with the "Dr. Mac" award during Newton-Conover Rotary Club's annual Rotary Night at Catawba Country Club. Yount, 94, has been a Rotarian for 26 years, is the club's senior member and attends club meetings regularly.

Wolfe recieves Rotary's top honor

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.

"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."

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