October 22nd, 2010
Going into this yearâ€™s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.
The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
â€śLast year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,â€ť junior Corbin Evans said. â€śI think we should have gotten past that round, but we just werenâ€™t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think weâ€™ll go very far.â€ť
Newton will spend $307,000 to keep intact a long-time part of the city's skyline and create a new opportunity for revenue in the process
Even though the plan, technically, doesn't hold any water.
Investigators in the Zahra Baker case are using GPS devices to pinpoint an exact location in an area landfill where a key piece of evidence might be located.
Crews continued a search Thursday of the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County for the piece of evidence, which police will not identify.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday during a press conference that the piece of evidence, if found, will provide a "good, solid timeline" in Zahra's case.
Crews, however, aren't searching for Zahra's body in the landfill, Adkins said.
A Maiden woman died in a three-car collision Wednesday in Florida while she screamed for help along a roadway.
Tammy Chester, 39, and her husband, Jeremy Chester, 28, both of Maiden, stopped their vehicle Wednesday about 8 p.m. on State Road 528 in the outside, eastbound lane in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jeremy Chester was driving the couple's 1993 Toyota, and Tammy Chester was sitting in the passenger seat when the vehicle stopped on the road.
Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."
Del Norris Rozzelle, 68, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The Rozzelle family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
Carolyn Ann Belton, 69, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Belton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesdayâ€™s rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.
â€śWe wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,â€ť Hickory senior Michael Delong said. â€śWe knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.â€ť
Newton leaders say proposed rules for new residential subdivisions will hurt the city's efforts to recruit developers.
"If we continue to restrict our subdivision regulations, we will continue to eliminate development in this town," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "In the last four years, I don't think anyone can say I have not been an advocate for developers. We have, at times, gone above and beyond to assist folks who come in and want to make housing. I do not see anything constructive about anything in these recommendations that will assist us in bringing housing to our area."
Police are searching an area landfill for a piece of evidence they say will shed light on the case of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.
Hickory Police Department, with the help of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, started searching the Foothills Environmental Landfill on Wednesday in the hope of locating evidence to establish a timeline in Zahra's case.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins declined to elaborate on what the piece of evidence is, but he said police are not looking for Zahra's body in the landfill.