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September 13th, 2010

Accused rapists’ cases continued

September 13, 2010

Three men accused of first-degree rape and other charges had their cases continued in court last week.
Eddy Fernando Barrios-Ortiz, Milion Estuardo Barrios-Ortiz and Carlos Andreas Corenza Zeledon, all of Hickory, are charged with first-degree rape, robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident that occurred in January.
They were scheduled to appear in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court last week.
The Barrios-Ortiz brothers’ cases were continued to Oct. 4, and Zeledon’s case was continued to Dec. 6.

Phony locksmiths scam consumers

September 13, 2010

Good research is key in preventing scams from phony locksmiths.
Less than one month after a network of phony locksmiths were banned from practicing business in North Carolina, area officials are encouraging residents to be on the lookout for similar scams.
A group of unlicensed locksmith companies used bait-and switch-tactics to scam customers across the state, according to an Aug. 31 press release from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office.

Week spotlights art in schools

September 13, 2010

An area elementary school participated Monday in a nationwide event honoring arts education in the classroom.
Students at Balls Creek Elementary School in Newton learned about different art forms, from gourd making to architecture, to kick off National Arts in Education week.
“I wanted to show students there is more to art than drawing and painting,” said Alison Willard, Balls Creek Elementary art teacher, who organized the event.

6 alleged gang members arrested

September 13, 2010

Conover Police arrested six alleged gang members this weekend after shots were fired in an area mobile home park.
Christian Nava, 22, of Hickory; Edgar Antonio Hernandez, 23, of Conover; Samuel Antonio Hernandez, 18, of Conover; Arturo Hernandez Gabriel, 27, of Newton; Victor Efren Ramirez, 18, of Conover; and Juan Jesus Santalian, 19, of Hickory, were arrested on view and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits, said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 13, 2010

Gary Wayne Laws, 62, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-11:45 a.m. at the church.

Helen Juanita Wilson Bostian, 92, of Claremont, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Bostian family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Survey online for CCS leader search

September 13, 2010

As the Catawba County Board of Education works to hire a new superintendent, board members want input from interested members of the community.


On the Catawba County Schools website - www.catawbaschools.net – is the link to a survey. The board asks residents to take a moment to share their thoughts and opinions. This survey will help shape the search and decision-making processes for a new superintendent.

This Week's Heavy Hitter: Sanford

September 13, 2010

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ryan Sanford has been selected as this week's Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner.

Sanford, a redshirt freshman free safety, made a key hit on a pass break-up late in Saturday’s night game that prevented a touchdown and preserved Lenoir-Rhyne’s 41-13 win over Davidson.

Sanford, who was credited with a tackle against the Wildcats and has three takedowns for the season, wins the award for the first time in his Bear career.

GoldToeMoretz will donate $1,000 in the names of each week’s winner of the Heavy Hitter Award to Habitat For Humanity of Catawba County.

September 11th

Lakewood wins pivotal Game 3

September 11, 2010

The Lakewood BlueClaws scored three runs in the first inning Saturday, and they never looked back. The BlueClaws defeated the Hickory Crawdads 6-0 in the third game of the Divisional Round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.

The BlueClaws won the series 2-1.

Lakewood catcher Sebastian Valle dealt the first blow with a two run homer in the bottom of the first inning and was followed later by an RBI single from third baseman Jeremy Barnes to make it 3-0.

Lakewood added a run in the fourth, before two unearned runs in the 8th
came in to account for the 6-0 final.

Bunker Gets Win No. 4

September 11, 2010

It’s been 11 years since Bunker Hill started a regular season 4-0. The Bears broke that streak Friday against the Fred T. Foard Tigers doing what they do best — running the ball and eating the clock. The Bears defeated the Tigers 34-13 at Foard and improved to 4-0 for the first time since in 12 seasons.

Bunker Hill (4-0) gained 254 yards of total offense, and 164 of those yards came from junior running back Reggie Davis, who had 19 carries.

N-C Overcomes Turnovers

September 11, 2010

It seemed like an undefeated Newton-Conover on Friday wanted to give the game to the St. Stephens and deny coach Nick Bazzle a 100th career win. The Red Devils committed four turnovers in the first half — three lost fumbles and an interception, but they rebounded in the second half en route to a 28-14 win at St. Stephens.

“There could have been a little more shine on it,” Bazzle said. “It’s not that big of a deal to me. I have coaches that prepare just as hard as I do. I’m in a football place, and they love football in this community, and you’re supposed to win at Newton-Conover.”

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