May 13th, 2011
The people are what makes Michael Reno thrive on stage.
Reno, a storyteller and musician, said being on stage and interacting with an audience is where his material starts.
"The audiences are the reason I keep going," Reno said. "People liked to be talked to and told stories."
That's why Reno chose to participate in the second annual Music and Mud event May 21 at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton. Reno participated in the event's first year, and he's has been traveling the United States and Europe for more than 40 years telling stories and singing music.
The Catawba Valley Community Chorus scheduled for Friday at Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Newton was canceled due to a death in the director's family.
A concert will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive in Hickory.
As long as Juanita Sigmon can remember, she has looked at the world around her and thought about how she might paint it.
For the second time in school history, the CVCC baseball team embarks on a quest to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X tournament.
The Bucs (35-13) face Patrick Henry Community College today at 1 p.m. at Oâ€™Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of Pasco-Hernando and Surry Community College on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Last year, the Bucs entered the tournament, which was played at Hooker Field in Martinsville, Va., as the No. 6 seed.
Derek Chase's love for nature took him to science, but his desire to teach others got him the honors of being Catawba County Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
Chase, a science teacher at Bunker Hill High School, received top honors during a ceremony at Newton Expo on Thursday.
"I am surprised and honored by this (award)," Chase said. "It's a privilege to be a teacher in Catawba County."
Chase said being a teacher is more than helping students learn. He said it's about being a mentor and encouraging students to make the right decision.
Authorities will not charge neither the suspect nor the victim in a domestic shooting case that occurred Wednesday near the Burke County Line in Hickory.
Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, said the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office to let them make a decision on whether charges will be filed.
Kay Webster's candle ignited to the sound of a six-gun salute.
Slowly leaning toward her neighbor's shoulder, she passed the tiny flame on throughout the crowd, creating a mild orange glow beneath the barely-shining stars Wednesday.
She bowed her head and silently prayed for different police officers who died in the line of duty.
"It's like when they go, they are forgotten, and it shouldn't be like that," Webster said. "I don't think people realize that officers put themselves in the line of duty every day."
Grover William Setzer, 75, of Hickory, passed away May 11, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a brief battle with lung cancer. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Maxine Nance, 82, of Claremont, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Bethel Lutheran Church.
As National Police Week begins May 15, an initiative in Newton aims to salute the sacrifices of law enforcement officers, as well as the families who support those badge-wearing men and women.
Every year, between 140 and 160 police officers are killed in the line of duty, according to Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S. When an officer dies, they leave behind families that face challenges and concerns after their loved one's loss of life, said Holy Cross Lutheran Church Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick, who also serves as a Newton Police Department chaplain.
Rain forced the St. Stephensâ€™ soccer team to move its home game on the road Wednesday to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Lady Indians (16-3-3) responded by flooding their opponent, RS Central, with defense and drowning them in goals.
Macy Franklin scored three goals, including two in the second half, and Sabrina Summers had three assists, as St. Stephens rolled to a first round victory.