September 28th, 2010
Laurels to Catawba County citizens who have so much interest in local politics that they organized and presented a candidates forum for political races important to this community. Likewise, laurels to the political candidates who took time to make their platforms known during this great opportunity to reach voters.
Jennifer Bandy and a group of her friends and relatives wanted to learn more about candidates seeking election in Catawba County, so they orchestrated a pair of non-partisan political forums and invited candidates hoping to represent area voters.
Catawba County high school students with a passion for theater arts will have a new option during the next school year.
Catawba County Schools, partnered with The Green Room Community Theatre, will launch the Green Room Academey of Drama, or GRAD program, for county students interested in theatre arts.
"If everyone will embrace it, Newton will be on the verge of a renaissance," said Sylvia Schnople, program director.
Video game contestants traveled from across the state to see who could be the next guitar hero.
Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club held its second annual RotaryRock on Saturday at the Multi-Purpose Center at Catawba Valley Community College. The event enticed a statewide crowd with its rare occurrence, $2,000 in total prize money, and chances to claim being the best at popular Xbox games, such as "Madden 2011," "Guitar Hero III" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
Actors in The Green Room Community Theatre's production of "The King and I" use their imagination a lot.
While rehearsing at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Newton, the actors imagine a royal throne to their left, a table to their right and an elaborate backdrop behind them. The location of props and backdrops stops this week for the actors, who will get their first glimpse of the Old Post Office Playhouse and its production stage.
In a little more than a week, the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton will hold its first production.
But before actors in "The King and I" take the stage, a few final adjustments must be made to the building.
Sherry Butler, Green Room Community Theatre executive director, said she hopes the facility will be complete at the end of the week.
"The main thing right now is the certificate of occupancy," Butler said. "The rest is just cleaning and putting carpet down."
Police arrested a woman Saturday after she allegedly stole money from an elderly man and bracelets from a pawn shop.
Natasha Marie Chafin, 21, of Taylorsville, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering from a motor vehicle, two counts of larceny, carrying concealed weapons, possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Louise Reel Carpenter, 96, of Cherryville, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville. A private memorial graveside service will be held at a later date.
Curtis “Steven” Mainess, 42, of Newton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Palliative CaerCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Mainess family.
A homeless man was killed Friday as he tried to cross U.S. 321 in Hickory.
Rodney Lewis Church, 44, was struck by at least two cars about 10:25 p.m. as he attempted to cross U.S. 321 to reach a convenience store, according to the Hickory Police Department.
Police said Church was wearing dark clothes at the time of the incident, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges were filed against the drivers of the cars. It does not appear that either driver was drinking.
The Jimmy Clausen era in Carolina got off to a slow start Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. He fumbled a snap at the Bengalsâ€™ 30-yard line, his first pass flew into the chest of Cincinnati defensive end Frostee Rucker, and he threw an interception from just outside the red zone.
All that happened in the first half.
â€śI really donâ€™t get too nervous out there,â€ť Clausen said when asked about butterflies before his first career start. â€śIâ€™m just trying to go out there and execute and make plays.â€ť
Preparations for the Ensure Classic are in full swing.
The eighth annual Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors starts Monday and continues through Oct. 3.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the event and watch the 78 players vie for the top prize of more than $200,000, not to mention the honor of being named tournament winner.
Although the event starts Monday, crews were working for weeks to make the Ensure Classic run smoothly.