March 9th, 2011
Students at University Christian High School in Conover learned this week that what they study in civics class actually applies in the real world.
The ninth grade honors civics and economics class participated in a three-part learning opportunity with Conover City Council to inspire civic participation and encourage open government.
Catawba County is one of several North Carolina counties listed under a flood watch.
Heavy rainfall saturates soil already moist from rain, causing significant runoff into streams and creeks, according to the National Weather Service. Those conditions can lead to flooding in the area. The flood watch is in effect until Thursday afternoon.
Much of western North Carolina is expected to see 2-4 inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. Other counties under a flood watch include Alexander, Burke, Iredell, Lincoln and Gaston.
Despite a solid pitching performance from Hannah Callahan on Tuesday, the Lady Blue Devils were defeated by West Lincoln at home.
Callahan pitched a complete game and allowed four hits, one walk and struck out nine West Lincoln batters.
The Rebels (1-2) got the scoring in the game going in the top of the fourth inning, as Baily Fishel singled, advanced to third base on a throwing error and scored on a single by Emily Workman.
Maiden (1-2) tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth, as Mollie Sigmon scored on a single by Lauren Sizemore. That made it 1-1 after five innings.
Same game, same opponent and same result.
The Newton-Conover Lady Red Devils' basketball team had their season ended by Salisbury for the second straight season. The Lady Hornets (26-1) won the Western Regional championship and will play East Bladen for the state title on Saturday.
N-C coach Jonathan Tharpe compared facing Salisbury the past two seasons.
Newton-Conover earned their second Catawba Valley Athletic Conference victory on Monday over East Burke.
The Red Devils (3-1, 2-0), who are the defending 2A state champions, had impressive performances all-around.
Improving to 5-1 in singles matches this season was Austin Adams. He defeated Logan Green 6-0, 6-0.
John Reid improved his individual mark to 4-1 with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Neil Eckard.
Freshman Tyler Barrymore completed the fifth singles match of his career on Monday, defeating Kaleb Harwell for his third victory 6-2, 6-2.
The woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a Lenoir man was sentenced to probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges.
Tiffany Jade Vassello, 23, received five years supervised probation for consolidated charges of misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor careless and reckless driving. She was also charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
The charges are Class 1 misdemeanors. If Vassello doesn't violate her probation, she won't receive jail time.
James “Jim” Henry Huffman Sr., 76, of Claremont, died March 7, 2011, following a period of declining health. Jim was the eldest son of the late John Henry and Elma Loftin Huffman. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Huffman family.
Phillip Dexter Keener, 54, of Hickory, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A celebration of Phillip's life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel on Startown Road.
Court dates are piling up for Elisa Baker, whose felony charges were continued Tuesday in superior court.
Baker, who is charged in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra, was scheduled to appear in court for bigamy and obstruction of justice charges that surfaced after the investigation in Zahra's murder.
Those cases were continued, adding more dates on the court docket for Baker and her court-appointed attorney Scott Reilly. Baker is confined in Catawba County jail under a $307,700 bond, and she didn't appear in court Tuesday.
Prayers are lifted high this week for Catawba County residents infected with HIV and AIDS.
This week is the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV and AIDS, and three area churches, as well as ALFA, are reaching out to residents infected and affected by the disease.
"(The goal) is to inspire those who are affected and infected by HIV," said Michelle Mathis, health and wellness minister at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church. "Life doesn't end with a positive diagnosis."
A group of Hickory women are Knit Wits, and they don't care who knows it.
The women, who are in their 90s, live at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory, where they knit lap blankets, head coverings and baby caps to donate to area hospitals and other organizations.
"I feel like we're doing something for somebody that needs something special," said Romalda Aman, 95.