Forest City, NCDigital Courier

Owls, Newton agree to July 4th concert after game

FOREST CITY — The Forest City Owls and the Rutherford County Outlaws already hit a home run for the July 4th weekend when the baseball organization tapped singer Lee Newton to perform a concert. If two nights of fireworks for the holiday weekend were not enough, the Sunday night (July...
Caldwell County, NCNews-Topic

Unvaccinated should be cautious, health care leader says

As a new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 has begun spreading in the U.S., local health officials are worried that the number of Caldwell County residents getting vaccinated has dropped off. Nearly two-thirds of all county residents have not had a COVID-19 shot, but the number of people coming to...
Mcdowell County, NCMcDowell News

Lady Titans' Hames headed to Young Harris

The late surge of college commitments for McDowell High School athletes continues as recent graduate Lucy Hames recently inked with Division II Young Harris College to play softball in 2022. Hames is the second member of the softball program to have signed from this past school year. Avery Jordan committed...
Lenoir, NCNews-Topic

Keller resigns as Hibriten boys basketball coach

Hibriten High School joins the list of county high schools making major changes in their athletic programs. The school announced the resignation of boys basketball coach Chad Keller late Friday morning. “After a long time of contemplation, prayer, and conversations with family and friends, I have decided to step away...
Caldwell County, NCHickory Daily Record

H.S. ROUNDUP: St. Stephens wrestling wins conference tournament

The St. Stephens wrestling team finished first during the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference tournament on Thursday in Marion, while host McDowell finished second and Alexander Central came in third. The Indians totaled 191 points, the Titans had 167 and the Cougars tallied 103. South Caldwell was fourth with 86 points, Watauga...
Blowing Rock, NCthecoastlandtimes.com

Ann Ruffin Hines

Ann Ruffin Hines died on June 1, 2021 at her home in Hound Ears, Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Services were held at Chetola in Blowing Rock, NC, Monday June 7 at 2 p.m. with a reception following. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton, North Carolina, June 12, at 11 a.m. Burial of her ashes will be in Beaver Hill Cemetery after the service, with a reception afterwards at Greenfield.
Marion, NCMcDowell News

Officials from McDowell County, Marion and Old Fort to hold meetings

The McDowell County Commissioners, the Old Fort Board of Aldermen, the McDowell County Board of Education and the Marion City Council will all hold their regular meetings for June this week. McDowell County Commission. First, the McDowell County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the conference...
Burke County, NCMorganton News Herald

LOCAL BRIEFS: Five Burke prep softball players named all-district

The N.C. Softball Coaches Association recently announced its all-district teams, and five Burke County players were named to the All-District 7 teams. Draughn, which at 9-5 finished with the best record of any team in the county, was represented by senior shortstop Chloe Gary, sophomore centerfielder Katie Cozort and freshman third baseman Maddie Crouch.
Caldwell County, NCNews-Topic

13 named to all-District 7 team

Caldwell County was well represented on the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association all-district team with a total of 13 players on the District 7 honor roll. In Class 2A, West Caldwell’s Cam Crisp made the list, and Hibriten had five players honored — Jillian Jones, who was also the district’s 2A pitcher of the year, Zoey Walker, Peyton Boggs, Anna Reeves and Sydney Wike.
Valdese, NCMorganton News Herald

H.S. ROUNDUP: Patton baseball avenges loss vs. Draughn in finale

VALDESE — After an early elbow injury, pitching ace Peyton Smith couldn’t contribute the way he wanted to for most of the season for the Patton baseball team. On the road Thursday, he still found a way to help the Panthers avenge a loss earlier in the week versus rival Draughn in both teams’ regular-season finale.
Hickory, NCHickory Daily Record

Stanford Park skateboard competition postponed

Due to the weather forecast, the Stanford Park Skateboard Competition scheduled for Saturday, June 12, has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, June 19. The competition is hosted by the Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department in partnership with First in Flight Skateshop and will be held at Stanford Skate Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burke County, NCMorganton News Herald

Local veteran receives special recognition from governor

This article is part of a series celebrating the winners of the 2021 Gov. Volunteer Service Awards program. Local resident John Widener has gained statewide recognition for his work helping veterans. Widener is one of 20 people in North Carolina to be honored with a 2021 Governor’s Medallion Award for...
Rutherford County, NCDigital Courier

Man dies in single-vehicle crash

MOORESBORO — A 49-year-old man was killed Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash off N.C. Highway 120, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Danny Andrew Bull died in the 1:43 p.m. crash near Six Points. The crash also critically injured a woman passenger, who has yet to be identified. She was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, trooper J.K. Henderson said Friday morning.