July 4th, 2011
As Pontiac convertibles and sport utility vehicles eased down East Main Street in Maiden, 2-year-old Colby Frye was having a hard time keeping up.
Decked out in red, white and blue gear from head to toe, Frye rocked back and forth on a miniaturized and toy version of an off-road ATV â€” trying to get as much momentum as he could to hold steady with the parade.
He was fading backwards, getting tired and becoming frustrated. But just as he was about to give up, a helpful push from his dad sent Frye spiraling forward. A smile shot across his face.
West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.
The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).
West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.
Wild 6, Stars 3
Fred Marshall Shook, 62, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 30, 2011. The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Lillie Irene Ballard Lawing, 94, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Stanley Total Living Center, Stanley. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery.
With the green light to start, a healthy line of patriotic pre-schoolers and adolescents took to the large roundabout outside Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory ready to ride.
Hoisted up on bikes, tricycles, big wheels and strollers, the cluster of about 50 children produced a sea of red, white and blue that floated slowly down the narrow street connecting different portions of the SALT block off of N.C. 127.
Area law enforcement will employ checkpoints and step-up patrols this weekend in preparation for the July 4 holiday Monday.
Local police chiefs said Friday that their departments will collaborate with others to help enforce Booze it & Lose it: Operation Firecracker, a campaign initiated by state officials to remove impaired drivers from the roads.
N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced earlier this week that local law enforcement officers from across the state will help with the campaign.
Several area officials registered to run for re-election Friday on the first day of filing for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.
Most of Maidenâ€™s town officials due for re-election filed for candidacy Friday, including Mayor Robert Smyre, councilman David Boldon and councilman Max Bumgarner Jr.
Councilman Howard Ervin did not file, but non-incumbent Mike Moore did file for the councilman race.
Police arrested a Maiden man Friday that is accused of choking and strangling a 73-year-old Newton woman before stealing multiple firearms from her home. â€¨
With help from the Maiden Police Department, Newton Police arrested and charged Austin Sinclair Anthony, 22, of Maiden, with attempted murder, kidnapping and larceny charges Friday after he and two other suspects choked and strangled an elderly woman Tuesday.
â€¨â€¨Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies have not identified the suspects who fired several shots into an occupied dwelling Thursday. â€¨
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said suspects shot into a single-family dwelling at 4926 Swinging Bridge Road in Conover, but did not injure anyone inside the home. â€¨
Reid said the incident doesnâ€™t look like an accident, and there are no suspects at this time. â€¨The home was in a rural area.
In incidents like these, Reid said his officers canvas the neighborhood to see if anyone has seen anything suspicious. â€¨
â€¨â€¨Authorities are searching for suspects that stole copper pipe and electrical cords from a Hospice construction site in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday.
â€¨Unidentified suspects entered the construction site at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road by unknown means and took more than 300 feet of copper pipe used for air conditioning.
The copper pipe was valued at about $5,000, according to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office report. â€¨
â€śPeople steal copper wire and pipe and sell it by the pound,â€ť said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. â€śIt can be very valuable.â€ť
Needing a win to stay alive against Hickory, Gaston came through in the clutch.
Bravesâ€™ starting pitcher Henry Rundio allowed three runs on the mound and drove in three runs from the plate to keep the Braves in the Region IV playoffs, 6-3.
Hickory leadoff hitter Cole McGraw gave Post 48 (12-8) an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After falling behind in the count 0-1, McGraw took the second pitch he saw deep over left-center field to give Hickory a 1-0 lead.