September 15th, 2010
The Pierre Foods facility expansion in Claremont is nearly complete.
The 45,000-square-foot cold storage facility expansion is in operation and should be completed in the next few weeks, said construction project manager Andrew Vachon.
Work on the expansion started in April and came with the company’s announcement that Pierre Foods will bring more than 500 jobs and $16.8 million in investments to the area over a three-year period.
The facility was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy and is on schedule for completion.
Barbara Hill Marlow, 67, of Hickory, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Scott Frady will officiate. The family will receive friends following the ceremony.
North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash Wednesday that left one man dead.
Carlos Alberto Hernandez, 42, of Hickory, died Tuesday when his vehicle crashed on Kool Park Road in Hickory.
Hernandez was driving north on Kool Park Road about 4:45 p.m. when he crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
He then struck some mailboxes on the side of the road and crossed the center line again, striking a second vehicle.
Bunker Hill lineman Nick Isenhour, pictured with assistant coach Tate Campbell, is this weekâs winner of the Golden Helmet Award presented by Coca-Cola. Isenhour made key blocks on offense in the Bearsâ five-touchdown game Friday at Fred T. Foard, and he also made eight tackles and two sacks. Bunker Hill is 4-0 for the first time since 1999 and has a bye this week.
The Trojans kept their one-loss record in tact Tuesday with a home win over the East Burke Cavaliers. The Trojans swept the Cavaliers 3-0 and won the games 25-16, 25-15, 25-18. Bandys improved to 5-1 against the Catawba Valley 2-A âÂ the lone loss Aug. 31 at Newton-Conover â and 6-2 overall. Punch led the way to victory with six kills, three stuff blocks and three blocks. Taylor Sigmon had a team-high 10 kills and contributed two blocks, and Madi Story finished with 25 assists.
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Lenoir-Rhyne faces this week its first away game of the 2010 season. The Bears travel to North Greenville in Tigerville, S.C., this week looking to secure their third win of the season.
The Bears are 2-1 this season after winning 41-13 on Saturday over the Davidson Wildcats and are looking for their second straight victory.
North Greenville enters the game 1-2 and picked up its first win Saturday with a 30-point victory over Edward Waters.
This is the first home game of the season for North Greenville, which suffered back-to-back losses at Mars Hill and Charleston Southern.
Dreams for a newly renovated fire department and town hall in Catawba went up in smoke Monday.
Catawba Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to postpone its town hall and fire department construction projects indefinitely.
âI think weâve all determined that we canât afford to do this project without a tax increase, and no one wants that,â said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. âThe only way we have to pay for it is the taxes; thatâs all weâve got.â
Hundreds of people received a free, Southern breakfast on the go Tuesday.
Midstate Mills in Newton celebrated the companyâs first Southern Biscuit Day on Tuesday with free biscuits in downtown Newton.
âWe were brainstorming one day, and we said, âHey, wouldnât it be great to have a biscuit day in Newton?ââ said Steve Arndt, Midstate Mills vice president and chief sales/marketing officer.
Midstate Mills employees and volunteers gave away more than 500 free biscuits by 10 a.m., just three hours after the distribution started.
Summer is almost over, but Amanda Burkeâs grandchildren havenât spent much time outdoors.
Burke said mosquitoes, rats, snakes and other pests from an unmaintained lot beside her fatherâs house on 110 N. Fourth Ave. in Maiden prevent her family from going outside and enjoying the warm weather.
âIf it would have been kept up, it wouldnât have gotten this bad,â Burke said.
Burkeâs grandchildren, ages 4, 2 and 6 months, come back inside with numerous mosquito bites every time they go outside.
Bruce Gragg, 79, of Newton, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the church. The interment will be at New Hopewell Baptist Church in Avery County on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.
Gary Wayne Laws, 62, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Laws family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.