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Indian boys, N-C girls win, Whitener scores 1,000th

December 7, 2011

After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.

The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.

Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.

Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).

Girls basketball

Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16

Rivers helps No. 7 Duke beat Colorado State, 87-64

December 7, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.

Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 7, 2011

Frederick “Fred” George Lampe Sr., 86, of Conover, answered final bells one last time and steamed away into the sunset Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.  The Lampe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Projects to reroute traffic

December 7, 2011

Two bridge construction projects along N.C. 16 Business north and south of Conover will soon detour traffic.

The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) will make repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70 south of downtown Conover and replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over I-40 north of downtown.

Work on the bridge over U.S. 70 is expected to begin this month, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer with DOT division 12.

According to DOT information, the project will be funded by the state.

Car chase ends in arrest

December 7, 2011

A Hickory man is in jail after leading authorities on a chase that ended on Interstate 40 Monday night.

Demetrius Devette Adams, 30, of 2970 12th Ave. SE in Hickory, is in the Catawba County Detention Center after leading officers on a chase that started in Newton.

Authorities say a Newton Police Officer attempted to pull Adams over on U.S. 70 just before midnight Monday after discovering the car he was driving — a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria — was stolen.

New lights to help preserve history

December 7, 2011

Museum officials say a new, improved lighting system will help artifacts stand the test of time.

The Catawba County Historical Association recently installed high-tech LED lighting in the main hallway and three gallery rooms at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton.

The system was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act energy-efficiency grant of $15,000 awarded to the city of Newton earlier this year.

Schools seek weather waiver for calendar

December 7, 2011

Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.

Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a “good cause” or “winter waiver” that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.

In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.

Peoples Bancorp CEO to retire

December 7, 2011

The leader of Newton-based Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina will retire at the end of next year.

Tony Wolfe, who has served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company since 1993, announced Wednesday he will retire in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The bank is performing well, and it has a strong leadership team in place," Wolfe said in a press release. "I want to spend additional time with my wife and family, do some traveling and pursue other hobbies and interests. All things considered, now seems like a good time to begin planning for a new phase of our lives."

AP sources: Southern Miss' Fedora accepts UNC job

December 7, 2011

Two people familiar with the situation say Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach.

They say the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

Zahra's remains returned to her father

December 7, 2011

HICKORY — The remains of a 10-year-old disabled girl killed in North Carolina last year have been released to her father.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains of Zahra Baker last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to her father.

Adam Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there. Baker can't leave the country until he resolves criminal charges alleging several misdemeanors and two felonies unrelated to the girl's slaying.

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