May 26th, 2011
“We have three dates that define us as a nation and as a people. The first is July 4, Independence Day — the celebration of our birth as a nation and the principles that guide us.
“The second is Nov. 11, Veterans Day, when we celebrate and honor the men and women in uniform who now serve and have served our country with distinction.
It was the trip of a lifetime, they said. It lasted a day, but the memories will be etched in their minds forever. For John Caldwell, Duane Kline, John Dunlap and Leonard “Flash” Arndt, it was a gift of appreciation and thanks for their service as World War II veterans.
“We saw a whole lot of memorials to World War II that made our time over there seem like it should be,” Caldwell said. “In other words, we were fighting for freedom.”
The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.
Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.
Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).
Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.
Thatâ€™s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.
The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.
â€śThe students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we donâ€™t have the same amount of garbage,â€ť said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. â€śItâ€™s been very easy to operate.â€ť
The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.
Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.
The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid â€” funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.
"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.
George William Gardner, 76, of Claremont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Ruby Vandeline Bradshaw Pugh, 82, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Brian Center East.
The celebration of life service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at 3:16 Christian Community Church.
The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."
Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.
I oppose all attempts by the U.S. Postal Service to consolidate the Hickory Processing and Distribution Facility into the Greensboro plant over 80-plus miles away.
The city of Newton has a limited amount of compost and mulch that is being offered to Newton residents free of charge.
Citizens may pick up the compost and/or mulch at the cityâ€™s facility on Boston Road (off N.C. 10 West) on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the city of Newton Sanitation Division at (828) 695-4294.
For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.
The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.
Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.