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Deacons top Mountaineers in Hickory

March 29, 2011

Just under 1,000 fans showed up at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory to witness Wake Forest and Appalachian State square off in college baseball.

The Demon Deacons scored six runs in the first four innings of the game to distance themselves and hold off a late rally by the Mountaineers to seal the victory.

Both coaches enjoyed their time in Hickory and Frans Stadium.

“We love the ballpark here,” said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. “This is old school and old-fashion baseball. We hopefully want to do this every year and continue to grow it.”

Man shot to death after dispute

March 29, 2011

A teenager was shot and killed after an alleged dispute in downtown Hickory, and police arrested a man for the teen's murder.

Hickory Police found Steven Darnell Simpson, 19, of Hickory, in a red Toyota Camry near the 300 block of First Avenue Southwest in Hickory about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Simpson was shot in the head.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 29, 2011

Richard C. Young, 61, of Conover, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  The Young family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.

Adam Lee Buchanan, 31, of Lincolnton, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011, at CMC-Main in Charlotte.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at 3 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.

Is the county safe from nuclear disaster?

March 29, 2011

Explosions and fires rocked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan just days after the country was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in mid-March.

Weeks later, a large-scale nuclear disaster was avoided, for now. The near-catastrophe drew worldwide attention to nuclear power and the potential dangers of radioactive materials. The United States government recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone around the site to avoid harmful radiation in Japan.

1 injured in tractor-trailer crash

March 29, 2011

Lime green metal was twisted at odd angles, exposing the engine of a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of U.S. 321 in Newton. Broken glass was scattered everywhere. The vehicle's driver dabbed at his head with a white towel, a stream of dark blood trailing from the man's forehead.

The twisted wreckage of the 18-wheeler's cab rested near U.S. 321 mile marker 37 after the vehicle struck another tractor-trailer driven by a student driver.

DEVELOPING: Man dies after Hickory shooting

March 29, 2011

One man was shot in the head while traveling in Hickory on Monday night.
The victim later died from his injuries.
Hickory Police received a call at 9:27 p.m. Monday for shots fired in the 300 block of First Avenue Southwest.
Steven Darnell Simpson, 19, was found with a gunshot wound to his head. Simpson was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he later died.
Hickory Police are conducting interviews involving the case. More information is expected later today.
Check back with www.observernewsonline.com for more details as they become available.

BREAKING: Startown Road reopens after wreck

March 29, 2011

Startown Road is reopened after a Tuesday wreck impacted traffic around Startown Elementary during the morning commute.
An overturned tractor-trailer truck forced closure of Startown Road near Startown Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Details are still emerging in this story, and The O-N-E will deliver more information as it becomes available.
Check back with www.observernewsonline.com throughout the day for updates to this story.

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