Archive - 2011
Class was not in session at Newton-Conover High School on Thursday, but the cafeteria was open.
Handfuls of students â€” now on Christmas break â€” still showed up to school to feed hundreds of area children and their families. A collaboration of NCHS students, teachers and local volunteers helped feed a steady stream of area citizens on Thursday.
There were no qualifiers to participate; people just showed up to eat.
Rachael Hamm, a sophomore at NCHS, was one of about 50 students who served, entertained and fed the hungry on Thursday.
For the 15th straight year, Newton-Conover hosts its unique Red Devil Duals wrestling tournament starting Friday.
The Duals feature six teams, including the Red Devils, Alexander Central, Hibriten, Durham School of the Arts, Enka and Piedmont.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said despite his teamâ€™s 16-0 record this season, the goal of this tournament is to improve.
â€śOur goal is not to go undefeated,â€ť Clark said. â€śThatâ€™s never been a goal of mine. Our goal is to go 5-0 in February during the state dual team tournament. If we get beat now, itâ€™s a good thing, but you never want to lose.â€ť
A Maiden man is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor in connection to an incident that occurred in Lincoln County earlier this month.
Horace Keith Dover, 55, of 5434 Bucks Garage Road in Maiden, was arrested and charged Wednesday with taking indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl Dec. 9.
Lincoln County authorities say the original incident occurred during a car ride with the girl and her family on a highway in Lincoln County. Dover did know the victim, officers said.
Three Maiden residents were recently arrested in a five-county drug bust in which law-enforcement agencies targeted nearly 100 people.
Rufus Durand "Chico" Lynch Jr., 27; Natasha Lane Wilhelm, 30; and Wendy Lou Wood, 27, all of Maiden, were arrested as part of a "16 Days of Christmas" operation, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Police departments in Newton, Conover and Maiden, and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, are involved in the ongoing investigation, as well as law enforcement agencies in Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Gaston and Rockingham counties.
The Greater Hickory Classic tournament on the Pro Golf Association (PGA) Champions Tour will return to Conover and move to the fall in 2012.
The PGA Champions Tour released its 2012 tournament schedule this week, and it includes seven new tournament venues and several date changes for existing tournaments, according to the PGA. The schedule includes the 10th annual Greater Hickory Classic.
A drop in gasoline prices since spring may be the spark North Carolina motorists need to travel during the Christmas holiday.
AAA Carolinas says 2.4 million motorists are expected to drive 50 miles or more during the holiday travel period beginning Friday and lasting through Jan. 2.
Since May 6, gasoline prices in North Carolina have dropped 64 cents. The average price statewide is the cheapest since it hit $3.14 a gallon in early February, and the lowest since peaking at nearly $3.88 on May 6.
Elisa Baker, who pleaded guilty in September to killing 10-year-old disabled Zahra Baker, is looking to make a deal on federal drug charges.
Lawyers for Elisa Baker have filed documents in federal court indicating she has worked out a deal with prosecutors on charges of distributing painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.
Plea deal documents filed Monday were not available to the public. Her trial is scheduled to start in January.
Christmas spirit is alive in the Catawba Valley, with the holiday just three days away.
Inside The O-N-E and at observernewsonline.com today:
* Hundreds of Catawba County children sent their letters to Santa, and The O-N-E shares many of them with you today. Among the most popular requests this year are video game systems, iPods, iPads, skateboards and dolls. Find a sampling of Santa letters today in â€śDear Santa: What I Want For Christmasâ€ť inside The O-N-E and Outlook, and visit the local news tab at observernewsonline.com for a comprehensive wish list from county children.
Mildred “Mickey” Queen Allen, 86, of Catawba, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. The Allen family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Each year, Jeanette Ringley turns the Peoples Bank on â€śAâ€ť street into a winter wonderland.
Ringley, Peoples' business center manager, transforms the bank with her collection of Christmas decorations.
Wooden cutouts of Christmas carolers line the entrance walkway to a main lobby and banking area filled inch to inch with Christmas trees, snowmen, a life-size Santa and detailed holiday miniatures. Blue, green, red and white lights are draped across the ceiling and walls, shining on wreaths and a fully-decorated Christmas tree in the center of the room.