April 28th, 2011
Celebrating diversity and unity is nothing new for Newton, but as the city began planning this year's Unity Day it decided the annual event needed a little something extra.
"We are trying to do something a little different," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who is chair of the Newton Human Relations Council, which organizes Unity Day. "We wanted to try to shake it up and make it a more festive atmosphere."
This year's Unity Day event is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Southside Park, and it promises musical entertainment, food and fun.
The event is free to the public.
After 11 years in New York City, noted pianist, musical director and musician John Coffey returns to Catawba County.
Coffey spent 22 years in Catawba County before he moved to New York, but he returned often enough to stay connected to his friends and the arts.
While in New York, he met many professional musicians, which is one reason he moved to the Big Apple.
“I went to New York to work with as many professional musicians as I could, and I did,” Coffey said.
A new non-profit organization aims to turn one of Hickory’s downtown business spaces into one of its most peaceful places.
The Minetta Lane Center for Arts and Peace is currently renovating and rehabilitating the former Hickory News building on Union Square. When complete, the facility will become a gallery space, a performance place and an area where adults and children can learn.
Despite falling behind 1-0 against Hickory, the Bunker Hill baseball team â€śShookâ€ť it off, literally.
The Bears (23-0) came back with an offensive onslaught, led by catcher Tyler Shook, to capture their second straight Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic on Wednesday.
Shook had a four-RBI performance, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jacob Shepherd added two RBIs in the victory.
A passenger in a fatal accident was released from the hospital.
Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver, was released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Davis was a back-seat passenger in a single-car accident early Tuesday morning that killed 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford.
Davis was ejected from the vehicle after driver 20-year-old Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was going about 70 mph on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday. The speed limit is 45 mph on the road.
Maiden and Newton firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a two-story storage building Wednesday.
Maiden assistant fire chief Tracy Caldwell said Maiden firefighters arrived at 1109 Zeb Haynes Road in Maiden at 3:10 p.m. to a storage outbuilding on fire. Caldwell said Maiden firefighters, with the help of Newton firefighters, had the structure fire extinguished in 15 minutes.
Caldwell said the fire started on the second-story of the storage building, which stored household items.
After struggling in recent years, a pair of North Carolina banks with more than two centuries of combined service are merging.
News of the merger came just ahead of a Department of Justice announcement that the future banking brand for both financial institutions agreed to pay a $400,000 restitution settlement after it failed to detect a $40-million Ponzi scheme operated through its accounts.
Court documents released Wednesday reveal that during the past two years CommunityOne Bank experienced more than $283 million in losses that brought it to the brink of failure.
Further, the bank's accounts were utilized in a $40-million Ponzi securities fraud and money laundering scheme.
That left the Asheboro-based bank with few choices for survival: raise new capital, sell or merge.
In the end, the bank did all three.
Colby James Dobritz, 19, of Catawba, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Dobritz family.
Joe Carrell Carter, 78, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” No pressure, Carolina Panthers. All you're about to do is make a decision that could immediately turn around a troubled franchise or lead it further into the abyss.
Add in never-before-seen uncertainty involving the bizarre labor dispute and you don't have to remind the team's brass of the pressure in holding the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
"It does kind of put a face on the beginning of my career," new coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.