October 4th, 2010
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday an appointment to fill the board's vacant seat.
The Board appointed Randy Isenhower, a candidate for commissioner in the general election, to fill the seat vacated when commissioner Glenn Barger resigned effective Sept. 30.
Catawba County Clerk Barbara E. Morris swore in Isenhower immediately following the appointment. Isenhower's wife, Carmen, held the Bible, while his parents, Stine and Carolyn Isenhower, stood to his right.
Dr. Henry Lee Reaves, 80, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Reaves family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Theresa Marie LaMarre, 72, of Hickory, formerly of North Adams, Mass., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with the Rev. Gary Patterson officiating.
Gary Hallberg started the Sundayâ€™s final round five shots behind Fred Couples, and he started making up ground early. Hallberg birdied the first hole on his way to a final-round 61 and his first win on the Champions Tour.
"So this is what it feels like to win," he said to members of the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation. "Shaking hands and kissing babies."
CONOVER (AP) â€” Peter Senior eagled the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic on Friday.
The 51-year-old Australian eagled the 18th hole in windy conditions at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa to take his first lead on the Champions Tour.
â€śI played pretty good today,â€ť Senior said. â€śIt was a good ball-striking round, which I havenâ€™t done the last four or five weeks.â€ť
The Hickory Red Tornadoes controlled their game from the start Friday at Fred T. Foard. Hickory won the opening coin toss, elected to receive, and their offense quickly went to work.
Hickory scored on its first two drives and led 14-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game. It rode a wave of offense and used a tight defense Friday night to earn a 53-13 win over Foard.
â€śIt was a good win for us, and this is something weâ€™ve been waiting on for a while,â€ť said Hickory head coach John Worley.Â
After winning 21 straight games at Gurley Stadium and five straight games in the 2010 season, Newton-Conover found itself in unfamiliar territory early Friday night.
At halftime, the visiting Bandys Trojans led 10-7 over the Red Devils.
â€śI guess we thought we were going to go out there and walk the dog on them, and that definitely didnâ€™t happen,â€ť said Newton-Conover running back Octavius Harden. â€śThey made us play hard in this game.â€ť
But after trailing at the gameâ€™s midway point, Newton-Conover scored 14 unanswered points to secure a 21-10 victory and maintain an unbeaten season.
Tuttle Elementary School has a nationally recognized Parent Teacher Organization.
The Tuttle Elementary PTO was selected as runner-up in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year.
The Tuttle PTO applied for the award to honor PTOs who excelled through adversity without sacrificing programming for students and teachers.
"A lot of our families have fallen on hard times," said Laura Taylor, who was Tuttle PTO vice president for the 2009-10 school year. "It's 30 minutes for us to get to a bigger city. We were struggling."
There could be a new face on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners weeks before the general election.
County Commissioners will consider appointing Randy Isenhower, a candidate for the Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 2 election, to fill the vacated seat of Glenn Barger. Barger resigned from the board to become Catawba County Schools interim superintendent.
"I'm excited for the vote of confidence from the Board," Isenhower said. "It's an honor, and I'm very excited to serve."
A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition Friday after shooting himself in the head.
The boy, whose name was not released, was alone at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he found a .32 revolver in a dresser drawer, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The gun did not have a lock on it at the time of the incident, and Reid said he didn't know if the gun was loaded when the boy found it.
The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is bringing the green to Catawba County.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the tournament, and those spectators bring more to the region than simply an interest in golf - they bring money.
"We think it's the single largest tourism draw in the region," said Bebe Leitch, Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority executive director.