August 17th, 2011
Clyde Allen Hatchett, age 86, of South US 321 Hwy., Maiden passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hatchett Family.
At the peak of Soldiers Reunion week, Catawba County's community newspaper is giving away some of its biggest prizes.
During Soldiers Reunion Day on Thursday, The Observer News Enterprise invites area residents to stop by the newspaper's tent on the north side of the Court Square.
When they do, they could win prizes, said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard.
After nearly four decades working in pediatric and family dentistry, Dr. Penn Waldron is retiring his dental tools.
"I think it is time to give it up to a younger, fresher mind, with more knowledge," said Waldron, 70.
As Waldron passes his practice on to that "younger, fresher mind," Dr. Ross Penland, he said he has the fullest confidence in his successor.
"I was ready to let go," Waldron said. "I thoroughly trust and appreciate what Ross can do, and I have no misgivings at all."
After a solid scrimmage against Forbush last week, the Fred T. Foard volleyball team went in the opposite direction against the Lady Eagles on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (0-1) dropped three straight sets to Forbush in a tough home loss, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14, at Jerry Copas Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Lady Tigers coach Alison Yount said the loss was due to a lack of focus.
Jo Ann Venable Thomas, 59 of Dalena Drive, Claremont died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011at her residence, The Thomas family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton
When Margaret Moose opened Studio 258 three weeks ago, a couple of guys showed up wanting to be the first people tattooed in Newton â€“ legally, that is.
A tattoo artist and painter, Moose was generally amused by the gentlemenâ€™s effort, but had to tell them they were too late and would have to settle for being the second people tattooed in the city.
A tire exploded in a manâ€™s face Monday in the parking of Penske Truck Rental in Conover.
Conover Police say Johnny Henson Bryon, 63, of Conover, was putting air in the tire of a hand truck on Monday when it blew up. Fragments of the wheel came back and hit him in the face, causing damage to his facial and throat area, said Steve Brewer, Conover Police chief.
Bryson was transported to the hospital and was discharged as of press time Wednesday, according to a Catawba Valley Medical Center operator.
After an opening score by the Catawba County Hornets, it all went downhill from there.
The visiting High Point Ravens scored 20 unanswered points and yielded no points in the second half on their way to a victory over the Hornets.
Catawba County (3-2) took the opening drive of the game 48 yards, leading to a score. Former Maiden product Tommy Henry scored on a six-yard run to make it a 6-0 game after a missed two-point conversion.
Before the end of the first quarter, the Ravens tied up the game on a 30-yard pass from Mike Johnston to Eric Gibbs.
Kay Phyllis Shull Parkhurst, 68, of Hildebran passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Parkhurst family.
Peggy Lou Preslar Spencer of Hickory passed away on Aug. 12, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Spencer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC (828.267.5740).
Catawba County leaders say a newly opened biodiesel research facility will attract more business to the area, save money on fuel and reduce the areaâ€™s carbon footprint. State leaders call it a â€śmodel for the future.â€ť
â€¨But the largest attribute of the facility may be the collaboration between big groups â€“ something federal, state and local leaders all agree is necessary for positive change.