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Maiden vacates win, had ineligible player in 3 games

September 20, 2011

Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season — the first time in Blue Devils’ football history that a win has been vacated.

The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.

The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the player’s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.

Branching out

September 20, 2011

Despite ever-increasing e-reader technology, the Catawba County Library system is growing.

Catawba County Library Director Karen Foss said branches are seeing more circulation and visitors than ever before, an increase that she said may have ties to the economy.

The Conover branch of the library has grown so much during the last two years that it is relocating to a bigger space at Conover Station – a move that library leaders say will not only give it more space but new programs as well.

Alert neighbor stops thieves before burglary

September 20, 2011

Crooks tried to break into an older woman’s home in Maiden on Saturday morning, but an alert neighbor tipped off police before they could finish the job.

Maiden police arrested one man and are looking for another after the two men attempted to break into the woman’s home on Triplett Farm Road.

Police said the men tried to break into the residence around 6:35 a.m. Saturday but did not gain entry.

When the men returned to their car outside the house, a neighbor called police and reported the suspicious activity, police said.

Catawba paves path to new restaurant

September 20, 2011

Catawba officials are making sure there’s a smooth arrival for the town’s newest restaurant.

The town decided last week on the company that will fix sidewalks around the downtown area, including in front of Catawba’s soon-to-open restaurant – Cindys Starlite Café 2.

The sidewalk renovations will take place along the whole length of East Central Avenue and from the corner of East Central and South Main Street to N.C. 10, said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett.

Claremont Optimist Club starts fresh

September 20, 2011

Last fall, the Claremont Optimist Club was in bad shape.

The group, locally known for providing recreational leagues and activities for kids, had struggled financially for years, resisted talking with city officials and made poor use of its facilities.   

It was a “sinking ship” on the verge of capsizing.

But now, after a year of electing new leaders, getting finances in order and re-opening communication with city officials two weeks ago, Optimist leaders say they are ready to put their rough waters behind them and head toward smooth sailing.

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