Archive - Dec 29, 2011
Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.
When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devilsâ€™ chance at a repeat.
The gameâ€™s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two schoolâ€™s football programs.
Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts â€” a staggering 22 percent for the game.
Fred T. Foard earned its highest finish in recent memory at the Catawba Valley Classic, knocking off its second in-county rival in two days.
The Tigers scored 31 points in the second half against Newton-Conover, including 13 from Jordan Turner and eight points each from Tyler Dickens and Bryce Falgout, to overcome a slow start to the game and pick up the fifth-place boys trophy at the Classic, 48-41.
Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.
In the end, it was Fred T. Foardâ€™s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.
â€śOverall, Iâ€™m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,â€ť said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. â€śI think weâ€™ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. Weâ€™ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.â€ť
Area pharmacists will begin electronically monitoring pseudoephedrine-like purchases next week in an effort to curtail methamphetamine production statewide.
As part of a new state law tabbed â€śStop Methamphetamine Labs,â€ť pharmacists in Catawba County and across the state will begin logging pseudoephedrine and other sales of products used to make meth.
Lawmakers formed the law this summer to increase the regulation of pseudoephedrine products to curtail meth production and reduce costs to local governments for meth-lab cleanup costs. It was signed into law June 23.
William “Pete” Earl Turner, 71, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Turner family.
Oswald "Ozzie" William Charles Jr., 68, of Conover, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Charles family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
At least four people plan to run for two open Catawba County Board of Commissioners seats in the 2012 election.
Filing for 2012 election races begins at noon Feb. 13 and continues through Feb. 29. However, Catawba County elections officials said candidates are currently allowed to file reports declaring their intention to organize an election campaign.
Two people â€” Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton â€” have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.
Area residents and businesses can expect gas prices to increase â€” again.
State officials announced last week that the gasoline tax will increase by almost 4 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.
The increase is the second this year alone, forcing local businesses like Yellow Cab Company to tighten a budgetary belt already squeezed.
â€śIt puts a hurting on all of us,â€ť said Yellow Cab General Manager Ron Stephens. â€śAll itâ€™s doing is making the rich man richer and poor man poorer.â€ť
Championship day for the Catawba Valley Classic is here, and basketball action at Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Tarlton Complex tips off at 1 p.m.
A day full of hoops action concludes with championship games tonight when No. 1 seed Hickory faces No. 3 seed Newton-Conover in girls action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the boys championship game No. 1 seed Hickory plays No. 3 Alexander Central in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m.
Just imagine flying across the nation on Christmas Day. Just imagine 12 nights in Burbank, Calif. Just imagine working six of those days under pressure, on deadline, with no pay. Just imagine being part of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Just imagine what it feels like to see float No. 56 round the magic corner.
â€śJust Imagineâ€ť is the theme for the 123rd Rose Parade, and Conover resident Michael Paysour will be in Pasadena for the third year in a row as a float decorator.
Paysour, 59, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. history and civics at Fred T. Foard High School.
The Catawba Valley Classic continued Wednesday and The O-N-E provided live game coverage during all the girls action at Catawba Valley Community College. for complete details on the games and final scores from all the tournament action be sure to visit the blog: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2