April 20th, 2011
To swim or not to swim?
That is the question facing Newton city leaders for the second straight year.
Tight fiscal times are making the decision to open the Newton Recreation Department swimming pool a difficult one.
"We did not open the pool last year because of budgetary constraints, and we talked about how we would try to open it again this year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "I think we need to open the swimming pool."
Council member Mary Bess Lawing wants to see the pool opened again, as well.
The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a community celebration to remember Jesus' life.
First Presbyterian Church in Newton will host a Good Friday service at noon in the church's sanctuary. Mark Watson, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, said the service is expected to last about 45 minutes.
"It's a time to remember Jesus through scripture reading, meditation and liturgy," Watson said.
In addition to the quiet time and scripture message, Watson said participants will sing traditional hymns and hear a solo by Ann Aichinger, a pastor at New Vision Church in Conover.
Charles Ray Poovey, 86, of Newton, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Poovey family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Norman Eugene Deal, 68, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Deal family.
An abandoned house caught fire Tuesday night, and officials are seeking information on its cause.
At 10:19 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters responded to a fire in a wooded area that involved an old abandoned house at 3760 11th St. NE.
No injuries were reported in the fire, and damage estimates are being compiled.
Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one tanker, and one command vehicle. Due to the size of the woods fire, HFD called for two additional tankers.
A tanker from St. Stephens Fire Department also responded to the scene.Â
Bandysâ€™ unbeaten conference softball record â€” gone.
Maidenâ€™s chances of winning the conference title â€” still alive.
The Blue Devils (10-2) avenged a 6-4 home loss to the Trojans on March 24 and overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 on the road Tuesday.
The loss for Bandys (9-1) is the first in conference play and keeps Maidenâ€™s hopes alive for the chance of a CVAC title.
Maiden pitcher Hannah Callahan had trouble early in the first inning of Tuesdayâ€™s game, as she loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batter.
HICKORY â€” The father of a murdered 10-year-old cancer survivor is no longer in federal custody but has to wear an ankle monitor to check his whereabouts.
Australian native Adam Baker is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. He posted $10,000 bond but was turned over to federal immigration officials who have prohibited him from leaving the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black said Wednesday that Baker was not in custody, but declined to elaborate.
Oliver Morris Kaylor, 84, of Conover, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Kaylor family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Althea June “Mamaw Tincy” Williamson Frye, 71, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Frye family.
CVCC kicked off its first annual Day of International Understanding event Tuesday to celebrate community diversity.
The Day of International Understanding was a two-part event held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Complex coordinated by the Multicultural Affairs Office. The event was open to the public and admission was free. The event started with the national anthem and then participants introduced themselves in their native languages.
Thieves who robbed the Humane Society of Catawba County on Monday night didn't just steal from the non-profit agency.
They stole from the animals it works to protect.
"It is quite heart-breaking that someone would break in and steal," said Juli Reed with HSCC. "It is heart-breaking that somebody would take advantage of us and the animals."
When Humane Society staff members arrived at the facility on 20th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday morning, they immediately saw signs of a break-in.
Three singles and six doubles players from county teams are guaranteed a spot at Regionals after Mondayâ€™s opening round of the CVAC tournament.
Among the county teams to have players advancing to Regionals were Maiden and Newton-Conover.
The Red Devils, who are beginning their quest for a second straight state championship in 2A, had John Reid qualify individually for the second year in a row.
Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe, as well as Austin Adams and John Tate, qualified for regions in doubles.