August 24th, 2010
Doris Williams Whitley, 83, of Hickory, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Springs of Catawba following several years of declining health. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Doris Williams Whitley.
Walter Jones Jr., 78, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Jones family.
Catawba County will temporarily close its Animal Shelter off Highway 321 in Newton, beginning on Wednesday, to allow for a thorough sanitation of the shelter. This decision follows an increasing number of cases of an upper respiratory illness that remains unidentified, in spite of extensive tests and treatment at the shelter and at two animal virus labs.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers are off to a good start. Foard won last weekâ€™s Freedom Soccer Invitational, and it stayed unbeaten Monday with a 3-2 overtime win at home over Shelby Crest.
â€śItâ€™s matches like these that remind the players not to let their guards down,â€ť Foard coach Scottie Goforth said.
Foardâ€™s Kenan Ruffner scored the game-winning goal on a header with less than 1 minute left in the second overtime period.
Both lanes of U.S. 70 were closed Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. after public works officials cut a gas line while attempting to locate a broken water line.
About 136 Newton residents in a 1.4-square mile area are without water after a water line break threatened the city's ability to provide water to customers.
Currently water service has been been discontinued for city water customers between St. Paul's Church Road and Boundary Street, including the Newton shopping center where Bi-Lo and several other businesses are located.
Two men killed in a head-on collision Sunday were suspects in a moped theft, which occurred earlier that morning.
Christopher Archie Greene, 27, of Newton, and Brian Odell Lail, 30, of Hickory, were traveling in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road in Newton about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. B.E. Hipp of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Greene was driving the vehicle and Lail was riding in the truck bed, allegedly holding a moped that was stolen earlier Sunday morning from Legends apartment complex at 2113 21st St. SE in Hickory.
The Catawba Valley lost a sports broadcasting legend Sunday. Bill Bass, a longtime public address announcer in Catawba County, died Sunday at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem after a short-term battle with an illness. He was 79.Â
â€śHe was a Southern gentleman at heart,â€ť Dr. Carl Starnes said. â€śHe never had a bad thing to say about anybody. There was nobody that didnâ€™t like Bill. It was always a pleasure, interesting, and kind of like being with an older brother or uncle...Itâ€™s going to be tough, but itâ€™s something weâ€™ve got to live with.â€ť
laremont officials will meet this week to interview candidates for the vacant city manager position.
City Council and Claremont citizen Jennifer Lowrance will interview three candidates for the job Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. during closed-session special meetings.
Candidates will be asked a series of more than 20 questions during the interview, and each candidate will be asked the same questions.
â€śIâ€™ve done several interviews before, and itâ€™s good to include (citizens),â€ť said Tom Hogg, Claremontâ€™s interim city manager.
A womanâ€™s ex-boyfriend stabbed her Sunday with a steak knife and her stiletto shoe.
Hickory Police arrested Cameron Caleb Seagle, 21, of Hickory, on Sunday after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Brittany Danielle Wiles, 19, of Hickory.
He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, attempted first-degree murder and second-degree trespassing.
According to the Hickory Police Department, Seagle waited outside Wilesâ€™ apartment complex at 740 Fifth Ave. SW in Hickory about 2:40 a.m. Sunday.
Joan Killian Moseley, 78, of Hickory, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Moseley family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Sue Wagner Crump, 86, of Newton, passed away Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Crump family.
Twin sisters Blair and Jenna Johnson do just about everything together – including attend cosmetology school.
The sisters are two of 63 students in Catawba Valley Community College’s cosmetology school, a program experiencing record enrollment.
“It’s because the economy has been so bad,” said instructor Joyce Thomas. “People are looking for work where they’re going to get a job in the field, and everybody’s always going to get their hair done. It’s guaranteed.”