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Archive - Feb 16, 2012

Trojans beat East Burke, await Red Devils in final

February 16, 2012

With a balanced team effort and a strong third quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Catawba Valley 2A championship game.

The Lady Trojans (24-1) knocked off East Burke (17-9) on Thursday to advance to their third meeting of the season against Newton-Conover (23-3) in Friday's CVAC girls championship game.

Following two East Burke three-pointers late in the first half, Bandys led by 10 points at the half, 38-28.

The Trojans immediately cranked up their defense to start the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers 16-4 in the third quarter.

Cavaliers eliminate Red Devils in CVAC semifinals

February 16, 2012

Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Friday’s CVAC championship game.

The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.

The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.

N-C’s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.

Bobcats on pace to become the worst NBA team ever

February 16, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive.

The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26 and flirting with NBA futility.

Because of the lockout-shortened season Charlotte won't challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' record of 72 losses. However, the Bobcats have lost 16 straight games and have a worse winning percentage (.103) than that infamous 76ers team.

School year starting date — you choose

February 16, 2012

Leaders in Catawba County's school systems have approved calendars that will send students to class Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year.

Some people say the early-August start is positive in part because it will allow high school students to complete first-semester exams before the holiday break in late December.

Others argue the early-August start is negative because, among other things, it shortens this year's summer vacation to about eight weeks.

What's your preference — a school year that begins in early August or late August? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

Maiden water line work continues

February 16, 2012

Construction crews continued work on a Main Street water line replacement project Thursday in Maiden.

The project is replacing one of the oldest water lines in the town and relocating a line from beneath the street to underneath the sidewalk.

Maiden officials say the line has broken several times the past several years due to buildup in a pipe.

Burglars hit string of Conover churches

February 16, 2012

Conover police are investigating a rash of church break-ins near the city's downtown area.

In the past two weeks, three Conover churches and one downtown business reported break-ins. For each of the break-ins, police report burglars took only small amounts of money and broke windows and ransacked office areas.

"This person is not taking anything of value," Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said. "This is occurring after hours in the churches, and most of them have been occupied up until 7-7:30 at night."

Conover Fire Department gets grant money

February 16, 2012

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (N.C.) announced that 12 North Carolina fire departments will receive a total of $1,907,418 through the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The Conover Fire Department will receive $38,228.

The funding will help firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed communications equipment, protective gear, training and other resources.

Police expect data system to increase efficiency

February 16, 2012

Newton police will roll out new dispatch and records technology this spring that they say will make the department more efficient and help solve more crimes.

Newton Police Department (NPD) will launch its new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) beginning in May.

Police officials say the updated, computer-based systems will “streamline” processes that used to take dispatchers, officers and supervisors weeks and months to do.

UPDATED: Chinese company comes to Denver, brings 600 jobs

February 16, 2012

Chinese manufacturer Chongqing RATO Power announced today that it will establish its North American headquarters in Denver and will hire as many as 600 employees in a temporary manufacturing while it searches for a permanent site for its production and distribution center.

“This is the start of something really big that can help change this community and this area,” said Gov. Beverly Perdue who was in Denver for the announcement. Perdue said she hoped the announcement was the “first day of a long-term journey together” with RATO.

Newton water system projects scheduled

February 16, 2012

Work will soon begin on a pair of Newton water system projects.

Neill Grading & Construction Company and a subcontractor will begin replacing a water main on U.S. 70 next week between Hughey Drive and Boundary Street.

Crews will begin a water easement and rights-of-way project the following week in the Shannonbrook subdivision. That project is expected to be completed by late June.

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