Archive - Jan 2012
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.
Peyton Ramseur experimented with five different calculators before he found one that could be powered by a potato.
He turned his experiment into an entry in Catawba County Schools' (CCS) annual science fair.
"All you need is a galvanized nail, pennies, two potatoes and a calculator terminal," said Ramseur, a sixth-grader at St. Stephens Elementary School. "The calculator will turn on because of the phosphoric acid in the potatoes."
A Friday the 13th illness outbreak among Harbor Inn patrons has impacted at least 40 people, according to the countyâ€™s health department.
The O-N-E was first to report this story last week, and now some of the people who were sick are pointing fingers at the salad bar.
More details in Wednesdayâ€™s print an online editions of The O-N-E.
In Newton, thieves are stealing copper from empty warehouses, including one where more than $200,000 in wire was stolen. Now a $2,000 reward is available for information on the burglars.
Bandys won 17 games in a row entering Tuesdayâ€™s girls basketball game against Newton-Conover.
The Lady Red Devils made sure there wouldnâ€™t be an 18th straight victory.
Freshman Taylor Petty scored 20 points for N-C (16-3, 8-1), while seniors Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs added 20 and 19 points, respectively, lifting the LRDs to the rivalry win at home.
Newton-Conover, who is undefeated at home, jumped out to a 13-3 lead, forcing a Bandys timeout.
Newton-Conover defeated Bandys in a match-up of top-ranked wrestling teams in the conference, 40-17.
The Red Devils improve to 36-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Catawba Valley 2A, while Bandys falls to 12-11 overall and 3-1 in the CVAC.
Maiden 48, West Caldwell 36
106: Ben Mayo (M) pin Grant Barnette
113: Gavin Thomas (M) pin Michael Lowe
120: Aaron Upton (W) win by forfeit
126: Jacob Hewitt (M) win by forfeit
132: Bradley Webb (M) win by forfeit
138: Ethan Steward (M) pin Kenneth Bentley
145: Matt Wooten (W) pin Gage Isaac
CHARLOTTE â€” Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-78 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Chandler, a former Bobcats player, shot 9 for 10 from the field as the Knicks won despite a career-low scoring output from star Carmelo Anthony.
Amar'e Stoudemire chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds while Landry Fields added 18 points and four assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time since Jan. 11.
This photo of Patriot Guard members saluting the casket of deceased Army Sgt. Willie Dennis Hill is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Hill, who grew up in the Catawba community, died during service in the Korean War in the 1950s. The military worked with Hill's family and other organizations to bring his remains back to Catawba County last week.
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â€¨On the outside, a vacant industrial building doesnâ€™t seem like it would offer much to an aspiring criminal.
â€¨Its sometimes shattered windows and weedy doors donâ€™t seem very appealing to a money-hungry crook, and the thousands of square feet of nothingness inside seem to fit the likes of a homeless person more than a thief.
Yet the area's increasing number of vacant warehouses keep getting hit, not for heavy equipment or luxurious items inside, but for a much simpler product that can pay off big â€” copper wiring.â€¨
Newton is one of the hardest-hit areas.
Katherine Lucille Bromley, 93, of Ukiah, Calif., died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
Mary Kay Braim, 47, of Conover, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Braim family.
Ricky Alexander Powell, 25, of Hickory, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. The Powell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.