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Lady Red Devils win ugly game, advance to finals

February 15, 2012

In a game that included a combined 40 fouls and 50 turnovers, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team survived an early scare from South Iredell to advance to Friday's CVAC 2A tournament final with a 65-37 victory.

The Lady Red Devils (23-3) will meet the winner of No. 2 Bandys and No. 3 East Burke in the championship game.

"It was ugly. That's all I can say," said N-C coach Ike Williams. "We kind of knew Bandys would be here scouting. We wanted to be conservative with the game plan and what we ran. Obviously, it ended up being an ugly game."

Warriors top Bears, return to CVAC final

February 15, 2012

Despite putting up a strong effort Wednesday, the Bunker Hill boys basketball team had its season ended by West Caldwell, 67-47.

The loss ends the Bears' four-game winning streak.

Bunker Hill (7-18) led 16-15 after the first quarter, giving the top-seeded Warriors (16-6) an early scare.

West Caldwell outscored the Bears 15-6 in the second quarter and carried a 30-22 lead into halftime. Ashton Smith paced the Warriors in the first half with eight points.

Barnes helps No. 8 UNC rally past Miami 73-64

February 15, 2012

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and No. 8 North Carolina used smothering defense to rally from an eight-point deficit in the second half and beat Miami 73-64 Wednesday night.

The Tar Heels, who came in leading the nation with 83.5 points per game, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the second half to get back in the game, and held Miami without a point for nearly five minutes down the stretch.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 15, 2012

Ethel Irene Price Hoke, 77, of Hickory, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital due to an automobile accident.  The Hoke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory.

Charles Dwight Triplett, 92, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Triplett family.

Hope, search for missing girl continue

February 15, 2012

One and one-third miles.

It’s the distance police say 9-year-old Asha Degree walked along N.C. 18.before vanishing 12 years ago.

Asha’s friends and family, bundled against the biting wind and cold, walked in Asha’s steps Tuesday.

It’s an 11-year tradition they wish could end.

“Every time it snows or rains, I think about her,” said Asha’s brother, O'Bryant Degree. “I wonder if she’s safe.”

Flurry of downtown businesses open

February 15, 2012

Newton has seen a recent spike in small businesses popping up throughout downtown.

In fact, there were seven small business openings within city limits in January alone, said Rob Powell, the city of Newton’s commercial development coordinator.

“There are still a couple more that we are working with, but haven’t opened up yet,” Powell said “It looks like next month will be pretty busy as well.”

Conover mom's bond reduced

February 15, 2012

A Conover woman charged with child abuse had her bond reduced Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte police say Ladonna Parlier, 26, was seen tampering with her infant daughter's intravenous line at Carolinas Medical Center earlier this month.

A judge reduced Parlier's bond to $12,500, $2,500 each for the five counts of felony child abuse she faces, according to the Observer.

Her bond was previously set at $137,500.

She has been ordered to not have contact with her 5-month-old child.

Newton youth sports participation increases

February 15, 2012

Basketball is booming in Newton's recreation department.

"Out of 31 days in January, we played 25 days straight, and we had no practices in our (Newton Recreation Center) facility," said Newton Assistant Recreation Director Carol Stiles. "There are 28 days in February, and we'll play 28. It is seven-days-a-week, and a lot of the coaches don't like it because they don't get to practice. Sometimes there are too many people in there, but we don't have any other space."

The story is similar for girls volleyball.

New furnishings

February 15, 2012

It’s Tuesday night, and Newton Martial Arts Soke Paul Langford is getting the senior division ready for class.

“Everybody get up, let’s go,” he said.

A handful of students of various ages and colorful belts dress, line up and start stretching.

For the most part, it’s a normal Tuesday night for the veteran Newton group. However, the surroundings are different.

Newton Martial Arts (NMA) kicked its way into a new facility in 2012, giving the group’s instructors, students and parents more space and better amenities to practice their custom Teashikido style of Karate.

Maiden man wins $250k in lottery

February 15, 2012

A Maiden resident is $250,000 richer after winning big in a state lottery game.

Mike Bollinger, of Maiden, won a quarter of a million dollars on a $1 Mega Millions ticket he purchased in Stanley on Friday.

His ticket was one of two that matched all five white balls in the Friday drawing, beating odds of more than one in 3.9 million. The other ticket, which is also worth $250,000, has yet to be claimed.

Bollinger, a police officer and EMT member, purchased the ticket at Beach's General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to information provided by the N.C. Education Lottery.

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