April 22nd, 2011
The three bears.
No, this isnâ€™t a childrenâ€™s story, but it was a storybook ending for a trio of Bunker Hill baseball players.
First basemen/pitcher Jacob Shepherd, third basemen/pitcher Cody Plemmons and outfielder Cody Ervin officially signed to continue their baseball careers in college Friday.
Shepherd signed with Catawba College, Plemmons with Lenoir-Rhyne and Ervin with Mars Hill.
Jackie Darlene Spake, 55, of Conover, died Friday, April 21, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
After sitting idle about six years, the Warlong Glove building on the former Broyhill Furniture site in Conover will once again open to the public.
"We are ahead of schedule," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.
Conover purchased the 27-acre Broyhill Furniture property in downtown Conover in 2005, after the company closed the facility's doors in 2004. Duncan, who originally thought the Conover Station project will take 10 years to complete, is now planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the summer.
Conover received $6.5 million in grants for Conover Station, but according to city officials, applying for grants is not an easy task.
"(Completing) the application is the easy part," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "Completing the documents to start spending the money is the hard work."
In 2007 Duncan, along with a core group in the city government planning department, started applying for grants in 2007 for Conover Station after purchasing the property in 2005.
Two years ago, Dr. Kerry Reeves and wife Joy left behind the comforts of their Conover home and moved into an orphanage in Haiti, as they expanded New Vision Ministries into a full-time
Some of the many services they provide for the Haitian people include vision care, business
mentoring programs for fisherman and a sponsorship program for children, which involves a sponsor paying for a year's worth of education.
In Haiti, there is no such thing as public education and according to UNICEF, roughly 50 percent of their children never step foot in a classroom.
After losing senior leader Katie Johnson to a knee injury in the second period, St. Stephens was determined not to let her down.
Freshman Alex Roarke and sophomore Macy Franklin each pocketed goals in the second period, as St. Stephens picked up its eighth conference victory against Watauga on Thursday.
â€śKatie gets hurt and all of a sudden, we picked up our play,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śYou have to hand it to the girls for having their teammates back. They wanted to do it for Katie. It was nice for them to step up in her absence.â€ť
A mail carrier met her worst nightmare Thursday when she was attacked by five dogs while delivering a package to former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's property.
According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, Mary Bolton, 32, was delivering mail at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday to 6397 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba.
Catawba Fire Chief Don Robinson said Bolton could not fit a package into the mailbox, so she attempted to walk to the home when she was attacked by one dog. Robinson said four more dogs then approached Bolton and also attacked her.
Even though Saturday's tornadoes were miles away from Catawba County, that didn't stop area American Red Cross volunteers and employees from making a trip to help victims.
David Garrison, administrator for readiness and response with Catawba Valley American Red Cross, arrived Sunday with two other Red Cross volunteers to help feed victims.
"We have a partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men (organization)," Garrison said. "We buy the food, they prepare it, and we distribute it."
Margaret Elizabeth Houser Jenks, 80 of Vale, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her residence. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 5 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.
Jo Ann Harper returned to her roots.
Born and raised “in the country,” Harper’s family farmed and lived off the land.
Harper, a downtown Conover merchant and member of the merchant association, was one of three people instrumental in forming the Conover Farmers Market.
“We were brainstorming about ways to revitalize downtown Conover, and I asked the merchant’s association if they ever thought about having a farmer’s market,” Harper said.