September 9th, 2010
A Hickory family’s pet died Thursday in a house fire.
The dog was inside the house, located at 1959 16th St. NE in Hickory, when a fire broke out in the basement.
No one was at home when the fire started, but one of the residents returned home at 10:07 a.m. and smelled smoke, said Terri Byers with the Hickory Fire Department.
Thirteen Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. They found flames in the basement, as well as smoke and heat damage on the first floor.
The city of Hickory will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance event Saturday.
The event, which is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. in Union Square in downtown Hickory, marks the first time the city organized a 9/11 event by itself.
“We right away started planning this event (after Sept. 11, 2009),” said Mandy Pitts, Hickory communications director. “We plan for this to be the start of an annual event.”
The Hickory High School band will play patriotic tunes prior to start of the event.
Certain roads in Catawba County are expected to be paved in the coming months, following a recommendation by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the NCDOT, presented the Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with the NCDOT’s priority list for paving and widening secondary roads in the county.
The county was allocated $1,580,200 in North Carolina highway funds to use in the projects, and all of the funding is expected to be utilized.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened Tuesday, and after two days, the shelter is back to overcrowded conditions.
The shelter housed 119 cats and dogs at noon on Thursday, which exceeds the shelter’s capacity by 41 animals.
But for Jane Tse, of Hickory, surrendering her dog to the animal shelter Thursday was her only choice.
Tse’s daughter died in October, and she has cared for her daughter’s dog since her death.
“She was just too sick to take care of (the dog),” Tse said.
Area WATCH DOGS organizations put a leash on school violence.
The WATCH Dads of Great Students (DOGS) organization is comprised of volunteer father figures, like dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers, who commit time in area schools to be positive role models for students.
Michelle Ann Baxter Borrelli, 46, of Maiden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at her residence. The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, from 1–2 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.
Kelly Regina Cardwell, 50, of Catawba, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Cardwell family entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Hickory and Lakewood were locked in a battle Wednesday during the first two innings of the playoff opener at L.P. Frans Stadium. Hickory starter Neil Ramirez held the Northern Divisionâ€™s top team scoreless through two innings, but things quickly unraveled in the third.
â€śMomentum is a funny thing,â€ť said Bill Richardson, Crawdads manager.Â
The Newton-Conover Red Devils earned their first soccer win of the season Wednesday. The Red Devils won 1-0 at Maiden. Chandler Johnson scored the match's lone goal in the 26th minute, and Eli Cordes earned the assist.
Newton-Conover is 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2A and 1-7 overall. Maiden dropped to 1-5 overall on 0-1 in conference play.
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Terry Aviles led the Bears in a conference win Wednesday at home against the Cavaliers. Aviles scored one of the Bearsâ€™ four goals and assisted on two more.
When Lorrie Dean was raising her children as a single parent, the backpack program could have helped her out immensely.
Now that Dean’s children are adults, she wants to help families who are struggling to put food on the table, just as she did.
Dean is one of many Catawba County BB&T employees who started volunteering Wednesday for the county’s backpack program, which provides free meals for underprivileged children during weekends.
The bill is in for repairing a water line break that affected most Newton city water customers last month, and city leaders were surprised by the cost estimates.
Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said a water line break along U.S. 70 early in the morning on Aug. 24 will cost the city about $59,000.
"I would have thought it would be five times that," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who previously called the water line break a "budget buster."