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Cavaliers eliminate Red Devils in overtime

February 22, 2012

Newton-Conover’s chance to return to the Western Regional final — gone.

The Lady Red Devils (25-4) fell behind early to East Burke (19-9), but managed to take the game into overtime.

With the loss of senior leader Shynese Whitener to fouls, the LRDs fell behind late in the extra session and never caught up, falling 64-62 in the second round of the playoffs Wednesday.

“I’m proud of them,” N-C coach Ike Williams said of his team. “We had a great run. You have to give East Burke all the credit in the world. They came in with a good game plan, ready to play and played hard.”

Madi Story’s 31 paces Trojans past Bulldogs

February 22, 2012

Behind 31 points from CVAC player of the year Madi Story, Bandys advanced to the third round of the 2A playoffs with a 79-53 win against No. 5 Thomasville.

The Lady Trojans (26-2) shot 64 percent from the field (29-of-45) during Wednesday’s game. 

Guided by 16 points from Story in the first half, Bandys built an early lead, and the Trojans were ahead 40-24 at the half.

From there, the Trojans went on cruise control, scoring 39 points in the second half on their way to a victory and a third-round playoff appearance.

Pacers hand Bobcats another loss, 102-88

February 22, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Tyler Hansbrough had a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers continued their dominance of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 102-88 victory Wednesday night.

The Pacers have now beaten the Bobcats nine time straight times, including twice this week. This game was much closer than the 35-point rout Sunday in Indianapolis — at least for three quarters.

The Pacers led by 10 after three quarters but began to pull away in the fourth. Danny Granger had 12 points and A.J. Price, Paul George, Dahntay Jones and Darren Collison also scored in double digits.

Zahra playground volunteers invited to help

February 22, 2012

Groups organizing a playground to honor Zahra Baker hope volunteers will help build it.

The city of Hickory, the Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba County and numerous community sponsors are building the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground at Kiwanis Park on 805 6th Street SE, just off Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.

The groups are inviting members of the community to volunteer April 12-14 to help construct the playground.

Young professionals share retention ideas

February 22, 2012

Catawba County’s young professionals say it will take a combination of jobs and quality-of-life improvements to keep young people from leaving the region.

In the past 10 years, the county has had a 15-percent decline in the population ages 25 to 34. In that same time period, surrounding counties have also witnessed a 25-percent decline in the younger age brackets.

The elderly population has skyrocketed throughout.

Grant focuses on firefighters

February 22, 2012

Newton will seek federal funds to help the city's fire department get closer to meeting national standards for fighting structure fires.

As part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, the U.S. government is providing about $380 million to fire departments throughout the nation. The priorities of the funding are to provide firefighters for departments that have either laid off personnel, face the prospect of reduced staffing or seek additional firefighters to meet National Fire Protection Association standards, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Newton revisits new fire station

February 22, 2012

Newton is again pondering the idea of building a new fire station headquarters.

The current headquarters, located in Newton’s downtown area on West “A” Street, was last renovated in 1958 and has a host of health, safety and space issues that fire and city officials say have needed addressing for quite some time.

“It’s clear that we absolutely need it,” Newton Mayor Anne Stedman said at the city’s annual retreat this month. “It’s not a want anymore.”

A discussion for building a new headquarters has been going on for more than 10 years.

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