September 10th, 2010
Catawba County is more than 600 miles from New York City.
Sandy Cooke, Sherrills Ford Library branch manager, wanted to close that gap and bring the events of Sept. 11 closer to home.
“It affects us all,” Cooke said of the attacks. “We all have a personal stake in this. We’re human.”
For the last eight years, Cooke created a Sept. 11 display in the Sherrills Ford Library, complete with books, memorabilia, photographs and newspapers about what many people say changed the course of American history.
Everyone has personal terrorists.
From underwater mortgages to abusive relationships and secret addictions, these problems devastate lives and leave a path of destruction.
Nine years ago, Trina Hines, 46, of Conover, faced real terrorists during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Hines shares her survival story with others, so when they face terrorists, whether they be actual or theoretical, they can overcome and persevere.
Alice Naomi Wells Hart, 86, of Hickory, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Hickory. The Rev. Bob Alle will officiate.
Timothy Shane Crouse Jr. was born Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, and died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in the Garden of Angels section of Startown Jenkins Cemetery. The Rev. Chris Bookman will officiate.
The Bandys Trojans battled the North Lincoln Knights to a 0-0 ties Thursday at Bandys. North Lincoln is the No. 16 2-A team in the state. Bandys coach Cliff Mayer said he was proud of his team because the Trojans were without three starters.
The Trojans are 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play.
R-S CENTRAL 1, FRED T. FOARD 1
Fred T. Foard and R-S Central were tied at halftime Thursday, and thatâ€™s how they ended the match.
Both teams scored a goal in the second half to earn the draw. Nick Bolick scored the lone goal for Foard.
The Bunker Hill Bears are looking for something they havenâ€™t found in 11 years â€” a 4-0 start to a football season. The last time the Bears went 4-0 to start a season, Bill Clinton was the president.
That thought, however, is not even in the playersâ€™ heads.
â€śI donâ€™t think that is registering with any of the kids, and we are just preparing for our next opponent,â€ť Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner said. â€śWe are just going to keep plowing forward.â€ť
The Bears go for their fourth straight win Friday at Fred T. Foard.
A Hickory family’s pet died Thursday in a house fire.
The dog was inside the house, located at 1959 16th St. NE in Hickory, when a fire broke out in the basement.
No one was at home when the fire started, but one of the residents returned home at 10:07 a.m. and smelled smoke, said Terri Byers with the Hickory Fire Department.
Thirteen Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. They found flames in the basement, as well as smoke and heat damage on the first floor.
The city of Hickory will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance event Saturday.
The event, which is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. in Union Square in downtown Hickory, marks the first time the city organized a 9/11 event by itself.
“We right away started planning this event (after Sept. 11, 2009),” said Mandy Pitts, Hickory communications director. “We plan for this to be the start of an annual event.”
The Hickory High School band will play patriotic tunes prior to start of the event.
Certain roads in Catawba County are expected to be paved in the coming months, following a recommendation by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the NCDOT, presented the Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with the NCDOT’s priority list for paving and widening secondary roads in the county.
The county was allocated $1,580,200 in North Carolina highway funds to use in the projects, and all of the funding is expected to be utilized.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened Tuesday, and after two days, the shelter is back to overcrowded conditions.
The shelter housed 119 cats and dogs at noon on Thursday, which exceeds the shelter’s capacity by 41 animals.
But for Jane Tse, of Hickory, surrendering her dog to the animal shelter Thursday was her only choice.
Tse’s daughter died in October, and she has cared for her daughter’s dog since her death.
“She was just too sick to take care of (the dog),” Tse said.
Area WATCH DOGS organizations put a leash on school violence.
The WATCH Dads of Great Students (DOGS) organization is comprised of volunteer father figures, like dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers, who commit time in area schools to be positive role models for students.