August 26th, 2010
A Hickory teenager is recovering Thursday after falling from a moving vehicle earlier this week.
James Patrick Walton, 16, sustained head injuries during the fall and is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Walton was sitting on the trunk of a stationary 1995 Eagle Talon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the residential area in the 700 block of 37th Avenue NE in Hickory.
Another teenager, Damion Alexander Sietz, 16, of Hickory, was also sitting on the vehicleâs trunk beside Walton.
It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie â men in bright green, full-body jumpsuits search an abandoned warehouse for a dangerous substance leaking into the atmosphere.
But for the Catawba County Emergency Servicesâ HAZMAT team, itâs just another day on the job.
The 35-person crew, comprised of volunteers from area emergency management teams, conducted a training session Thursday to prepare for an evaluation of their services in November.
Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.
âWe were last â dead last,â Mike said.
One year and thousands of miles of bike riding later, Joyce completed a 60-mile bike ride across Catawba County to celebrate her 60th birthday.
âI just thought it was something I could feasibly do,â Joyce said. âIâm really just doing it for myself. I thought, âWhy not?ââ
Joyce and Mike, who live in Newton, started riding bikes together two weeks before the 2009 reunion ride, and after their first ride, they were hooked.
The Hickory Crawdads scored two runs in the first inning, and that made all the difference. Hickory held off Lakewood on Wednesday to defeat the first-place BlueClaws 5-3.
The win moves Hickory within 2-1/2 games of first place with three games remaining in the teamâs final homestand of the 2010 season. Hickory and Lakewood play Game 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hickory starting pitcher Neil Ramirez worked six innings and gave up only one run. He struck out six batters, surrendered three hits, and earned the win.
Maiden needed five games Wednesday at St. Stephens for its second win of the season. The Blue Devils, just as they did last week against Fred T. Foard, needed all five games and won 3-2.
The Blue Devils defeated the Indians 18-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-11.
Maiden improved to 2-0, and St. Stephens dropped to 2-3.
Mackenzie Garrison led Maiden with 18 kills and 12 blocks in the non-conference win. Melanie Annas had 10 kills and 12 digs, and Go Lo finished with 21 digs.
Newton officials have just announced that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe to drink.
Newton City Manager Todd Clark said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no contamination exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.
After numerous voice training lessons and theatrical performances, Makenzie Simpson will open a new curtain on stage in Northern Ireland.
Simpson, a 2008 Fred T. Foard graduate and current performing arts major at Lees-McRae College, was accepted to study abroad this fall at Belfast Metropolitan University in Northern Ireland.
"(Ireland) is always a place I wanted to go," said Simpson, 19. "This is something that will stay with me for a long time."
It may have been two hours late for some schools, but the first day of school ran smoothly Wednesday for area teachers, students and parents.
âWe started with a two-hour delay, but everything went wellâ said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. âTeachers did a great job with introducing students to the new school year.â
Newton-Conover City Schools and Startown and Balls Creek elementary schools opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday following a water line break Tuesday in Newton that threatened water pressure and sanitation for city water customers.
Newton restored to water service Wednesday after a broken water line affected citizens.
And while the tap has been turned on again, the impacts of the fracture in a 16-inch water main along U.S. 70 may continue into Thursday.
"Right now our system is pressurized, and we are not aware of any leaks or problems at this point," said Newton Assistant City Manager Glenn Pattishall. "Our crews, along with some crews from Hickory Sand worked on (the broken line) during the evening (Tuesday) and the early part of (Wednesday) and got it fixed."
Benny Monroe Lineberger, 75, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Lineberger family.
John Daniel Wilkinson, 84, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wilkinson family.