Grawyn Miller bounced her 14-month-old daughter, Zia, on her knees as she flipped through a book about farm animals. Zia stared at the colorful pages and made animal noises -- a moo for the cow and a gobble, gobble for the turkey. The book was a free gift to Zia, one of seven she has received since September. And until she turns 5, Zia will receive a free book every month.
Marcus Hughes, a senior at Hibriten High School, dramatically flailed his hands and laughed with gusto in front of a small audience at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday. He was one of 19 high school students who performed the words of the Bard in the third annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Contest.
Children lined up with brightly colored baskets ready to take off in order to grab as many eggs as possible on the soccer field at Sawmills Veterans Park.
The third annual Sawmills Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday in the blustery, chilly weather, but families still brought their children to scoop up hollow plastic eggs filled with candy, and rubber ducks in the grass.
Maleah Story lost her home at 2560 Indian Grave Road in Valmead on Saturday, possibly including her cats.
The beige double-wide mobile home went up quickly about noon, with flames and smoke pouring through the roof. The flames stretched from one end of the home to the other as firefighters battled the flames. Before long, the mobile home was gutted, and by the end there was nothing but the exterior walls and the porch.
Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts, a longtime light of tolerance, diversity, health care access and women’s issues, died Wednesday evening at Frye Regional Medical Center, where she had been since Monday after having a heart attack. She was 83.
The South Caldwell Spartans scored six unanswered runs to claim a 7-4 victory over Fred T. Foard on Wednesday night in Sawmills.
The West Caldwell Warriors are still in search of their first win of the season after a 7-3 loss to East Lincoln on Tuesday night in Gamewell.
The South Caldwell Spartans improved to 4-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a 10-0 victory in five innings over Freedom on Wednesday night in Sawmills.
Starting pitcher Jacob Raby was masterful in the win. He threw all five shutout innings and allowed just three hits, while striking out 12. He struck out seven straight batters spanning from the third through the fifth inning. Nine of the final 10 batters he faced went down on strikes.
"That was a pretty impressive outing by Raby," said South head coach Jeff Parham. "His curve ball was real tight and it worked real well for him. We still got a ways to go. We're just going to keep working to get better."
The Spartans scored runs in four of the five innings, starting with two in the first. Brock Johnson scored the first run on a wild pitch. On the same play, a throwing error by the catcher allowed courtesy runner Seth Ingle to score and give South a 2-0 lead. Johnson reached base with a walk and Ingle was running for Brett Macchia, who reached on an error.
South Caldwell added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Raby led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a groundout by Tanner Parham. Johnson followed with a single before Macchia hit a two-run double to deep left center. Two batters later, Ingle, running for Macchia, scored on a sacrifice bunt by Bailey Dollar to extend the lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hunter Church led off with a walk and Dylan Wingler reached on an error. Church came in to score on an RBI groundout by Parham. Two batters later, Macchia reached on an error that allowed Wingler to score to give South a 7-0 advantage.
The Spartans put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. Dollar led off with a walk and Wingler later doubled. Raby followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-0. After Parham walked, Johnson hit an RBI single to score courtesy runner Tanner Green and end the game at 10-0.
South Caldwell will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when it travels across the county to take on West Caldwell.
South Caldwell pitchers Rian Haire and Alex Laws combined to shut out Hickory High School to help the Spartans to a 4-0 victory over the Red Tornadoes on Tuesday night in Sawmills.