Archive - Jan 2012
Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, the first woman elected governor in the state, said Thursday she would not seek re-election this year because she believes a bid would make it more difficult to fund education.
Perdue has faced poor poll numbers, continued budget troubles and a campaign investigation while Republicans took over the Legislature last year.
Catawba County leaders are considering plans to merge the countyâ€™s Alchohol Beverage Control office with Alexander Countyâ€™s. Why? What does that mean?
Details in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.
After a night-time crash during a summer district attorneys conference at the beach, Assistant District 25 Attorney Eric Bellas was charged with operating a bicycle while intoxicated. This week, charges against him were dismissed in Brunswick County.
Leading by as many as 12 points, the Lenoir-Rhyne menâ€™s basketball team held off a late charge by Tusculum (7-10, 4-5) to win on Wednesday.
The Bears improve to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
L-Râ€™s Kevin Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.
Women's college basketball
Tusculum 68, Lenoir-Rhyne 65
Tied with 3:46 left in the game, the Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Bears 11-8 in the gameâ€™s waning moments to pick up the conference victory.
Last Fridayâ€™s fundraiser game between Maiden and Newton-Conover raised almost $600.
All proceeds raised go toward â€śCoaches vs. Cancer.â€ť
Money was raised through various donations, a 50/50 raffle held in the third quarter of the boys game and $1 half court shots.
The Coaches versus Cancer Council was formed in 1998 to help raise funds through coaches to fight cancer.
The Newton-Conover and Maiden basketball game was one of several area contests that raised money for the organization.
Hickory Christian Academy will raise money Friday at its game against Statesville Christian.
WASHINGTON â€” Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach.
Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice. Saunders' lead assistant has been an NBA coach twice â€” with Minnesota and Cleveland. His career record improved to 101-207.
He didn't change the starting lineup.
"All these guys get a clean slate with me," Wittman said.
A district court judge dismissed a DWI case against Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas on Wednesday in Brunswick County.
Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was charged with DWI during summer 2011 while attending a district attorneyâ€™s conference in Sunset Beach. After two continuances, the case was dismissed Wednesday by Judge Nancy Phillips at the Brunswick County Courthouse.
Helen Irene Goble Cook, 73, of Conover, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Cook family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Catawba County commissioners are expected to vote Friday on a potential merger between the Catawba County and Taylorsville Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) boards.
If approved, the merger would result in annual savings for the Taylorsville board and create better product selection at its store in Alexander County.
Catawba County would also get .5 percent of the gross annual sales at the Taylorsville store if the merger is approved.
Catawba Countyâ€™s ABC Board has assisted the Alexander County store since June 2011, when Taylorsvilleâ€™s ABC Store manager was dismissed.
A man will serve at least 13 years in prison for the 2009 murder of his former Conover roommate
Jonathan Scott Brown, 30, of Hickory, pled guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal sentenced Brown to no less than 166 months and no more than 209 months of active prison time in the N.C. Department of Correction.
Brown pled guilty to murdering his then-roommate, Lee Hill Bryson, on March 4, 2009, by shooting him with a handgun. Brown then buried Brysonâ€™s body in a shallow grave in Burke County.
Local aid groups and organizations banded together Wednesday to count the areaâ€™s homeless.
While final numbers will be estimates and released later this month, officials say the numbers appear to be similar to recent years.
In the past 10 years, the number of people living in poverty has increased about 61 percent in Catawba County, with areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to U.S. Census data.