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February 2nd, 2011

Groundhogs' forecasts differ

February 2, 2011

The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.

February 1st

Rebound effort: Gibbs, Pitts combine for 26 points in dominant CVAC victory over Bears

February 2, 2011

The PA system may have been silent before the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill girls basketball game, but the Lady Red Devils offensive and defense were loud.

Kadesha Gibbs and Samiya Pitts combined for 26 of the Lady Red Devils’ 57 points, and Newton-Conover forced 26 Bunker Hill turnovers on their way to the Catawba Valley 2A victory.

The win by the Lady Red Devils (16-2, 10-1) is the first since a tough 61-44 defeat last week against East Burke.

Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe remembers the game all too well.

Area woman returns from Egypt

February 1, 2011

The background of Lydia Marlene Stewart's cell phone is a photo of her standing in front of centuries-old pyramids in Egypt.

The photo was snapped during her 16-day tour of the country, which ended just days before political unrest erupted from Egyptians demanding changes in their government.

When Stewart, of Claremont, sees images of the violent protests calling for 30-year ruler Hosni Mubarak to step down, she hurts for the country that she said was a lifelong dream to visit.

Couple continues transplant after theft

February 1, 2011

It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.

Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure — with or without the money.

The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.

No timeline for Zahra indictment

February 1, 2011

The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.

Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.

Reaching for a goal

February 1, 2011

Catawba County is thousands of miles away from Tucson, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.

But as Giffords recovers, her therapy mimics the therapy received by many Catawba County patients, who struggle every day to recover from once life-threatening conditions.

Giffords is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation center, much like the rehabilitation center at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 1, 2011

Lois Elizabeth Barger Arrowood, 86, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Arrowood family.

Vernie Smith Weaver, 68, of Conover, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her residence.  Allen Mitchell Funeral Home, of Hickory, is serving the Weaver family.

January 31st

Strokes of genius: Eight Red Devils, four Trojans chosen for All-CVAC honors

January 31, 2011

The Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honored 18 female and 15 male swimmers in the area on Monday.

Among those honored were eight swimmers from Newton-Conover and four swimmers from Bandys.

Bandys’ Michaela Beatty was named the girl’s swimmer of the year. Beatty had an impressive year, especially in her two strongest events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the CVAC championships on Jan. 22.

Beatty finished third in both events at the state level as a sophomore last season.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 31, 2011

Brenda Jennings Shook, 56, of Conover, joined her husband, Bobby Shook, and her parents, Earl and Peggy Jennings, in the loving care of Jesus on Jan. 31, 2011.  The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

Herbert Ray Little, 90, of Catawba, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Brian Center in Viewmont.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Little family.

New park coming to city

January 31, 2011

Conover received a grant valued at more than $400,000 to help the city make improvements to a tract of land near Conover Station.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant will help city officials engineer a stormwater wetland on Conover Station's southern end. Once the wetland is completed, it will become Conover Station Park, which increases the city's park acreage by nearly 50 percent and serves the city's only quadrant not currently benefitting from a park.

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