May 19th, 2011
John William Thomas, 73, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his residence. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Ellen S. Pennigar, 85, of Sherrills Ford, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The Pennigar family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Two Lenoir-Rhyne University graduates, a choir tour to Europe and a desire to make people laugh brought Natasha Fox and Laura Greene together.
Fox, 24, and Greene, 26, were part of a radio show at L-R where the pair liked to "goof off" while on the show.
"We wrote comedy and tried to be a comedy band," Fox said.
The girls noticed their comedy act wasn't working, so the pair opted for something more musical. In 2008, the group became known as A Furry Greene Fox.
A sinkhole opened on U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, and motorists should avoid the area if possible.
The sinkhole is on private and public property in the westbound lanes on U.S. 70 SE in front of Valley Hills Mall. Detours have been set up in the area, and if possible, motorists should avoid this area.
Hickory Police Department and Hickory Public Service crews are on the scene, and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are on the way to assess the situation.
Bandys and Wilkes Central shared two things on Wednesday â€” team colors and a softball field.
The Lady Trojans, however, owned the lead.
Scarlett Harris hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, and the Lady Trojans (20-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, to advance to the second round playoffs.
Harrisâ€™ two-run shot came from the third position in the line-up, which is a significant difference from her typical fifth spot in the batting order.
A new movie filmed in parts of Catawba County will be screened locally this weekend.
"Pendulum Swing," a feature film shot in various parts of the county and North Carolina, will premiere Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Carolina Theater in Hickory.
The film, which "follows a man into the dark place of his life," will be screened at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. each night this weekend.
"The only money we actually spent on the film was put to food, gas and the occasional hotel room," "Pendulum Swing" Director Bill Rahn said.
Elisa Baker faces federal drug trafficking charges, in addition to second-degree murder for the death of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
A federal grand jury, sitting in Charlotte, indicted Elisa, 43, of Hickory, Wednesday on drug trafficking charges, according to Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Instead of throwing out fallen limbs from your yard, send them off for a new pen.
James Miller, owner of Millermark Pens, takes his hobby of "making something artistic from a hunk of wood" into a small business of creating and selling pens and pencils made from various types of wood.
"I started out making (pens) as gifts," Miller said, adding by word-of-mouth, more people started requesting the unique writing utensils. "It's fun and interesting."
Ruth Moses Black Cook, 86, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Cook family.
The Reverend Stanley Louis Stiver Jr., Lutheran minister, community leader and collector of crosses, died Monday in Newton. He was 89 years old. The Stiver family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
On Tuesday, officials with the U.S. Postal Service told Hickory Metro residents that if a mail processing center here is consolidated into Greensboro, mail service won't be seriously impacted.
"It should be transparent to most of our customers," said USPS Greensboro District Manager Russ Gardner.
Moments later, Gardner admitted that's not exactly true.
U.S. Postal Service officials say a financial crisis is prompting a study concerning consolidation of Hickory's mail processing center into a similar operation in Greensboro.
"We are facing an acute financial crisis," USPS Greensboro District Manager Russ Gardner said, adding increases in electronic communication, a decline in first-class mail volume and an economic recession are impacting the postal service's bottom line. "We continue to deliver to more than 1 million residences every year, but we have less mail. We have got to do it smarter, faster and more efficiently."