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Pierce passes Bird in Celtics' win over Bobcats

February 7, 2012

BOSTON — Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.

Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

February 7, 2012

This photo of Bruce Prestwood, right, and Shirley Harvey at The Corner Table is The O-N-E's news photo of the week.

The volunteers served food Jan. 31 during a 10th anniversary celebration at the crisis assistance ministry in Newton.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. To suggest photos of the week or submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 7, 2012

Eleanor Kay Sopala Robinette, 66, of Conover, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.

Walking miracle

February 7, 2012

Larry Evans died in December in the lobby of the West Wilkes High School gym.

The experience changed his life.

Evans, 67, of Conover, was revived thanks to several students, their parents and school staff members.

“There are some really, really nice people up there,” Evans said. “I think if it had happened anywhere else, I wouldn’t be here. The Lord had everything in place.”

Paige Tart, Evans' daughter, shared the following story of what happened Friday, Dec. 16, the day her father's heart stopped beating.

Completely lifeless

New park expected by fall

February 7, 2012

Conover plans to offer citizens a new place to enjoy fresh fall air this year.

Officials expect the city's new Conover Station Park to be completed by fall, opening opportunities for walking along trails, enjoying a playground and taking in the area's newest outdoor recreation site.

Along with a $7,900 city investment, nearly $750,000 in N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant money is funding the project.

Officials stress healthy habits to avoid virus

February 7, 2012

Local health officials say washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid norovirus, the “stomach bug” that has affected citizens across Catawba County and the state.

There have been multiple outbreak reports throughout North Carolina in the past month, including more than 130 Catawba County residents who contracted the virus at a Conover seafood restaurant.

There have been eight reports of norovirus outbreaks across the state in the past month — including outbreaks in the Charlotte area, Alamance County and Orange County.

Gas leaks at Rock Barn

February 7, 2012

Two gas leaks within 24 hours in Conover forced several residential evacuations and road closures.

First responders and gas crews responded to leaks Monday night and Tuesday afternoon near the main entrance to the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover.

Fire officials say both leaks started when utility crews cut a gas line while installing new equipment for AT&T.

“They were doing some underground boring and ran into it,” said Claremont Fire Chief Gary Sigmon. “When you’re digging, that can happen.”

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Feb. 7

February 7, 2012

Maiden Town Council appointed a new town resident to fill a vacant seat on the elected body.

Details from Maiden leaders’ Monday night meeting only in Tuesday’s print and online editions of The O-N-E.

In Newton, city leaders are investing about $24,000 for improvements to its compost facility after a citation from state inspectors. The decision opposes staff recommendations to close the facility and begin depositing leaves and brush in the county landfill.

Red Devils gear up for another dual run

February 7, 2012

Entering Tuesday’s first and second rounds of the dual team state wrestling tournament, Newton-Conover is rolling.

The Red Devils, tied for 10th in the country in wins with 38, try to capture something that has evaded them the past few seasons — a state championship.

It starts with a first-round match-up against Ashe County.

N-C wrestling coach Eddy Clark said it all starts with a formula.

Turner leaving as N-C athletic director

February 7, 2012

Newton-Conover High School's athletic director will soon leave the post.
Ericia Turner, who has served as NCHS' AD for three years, accepted a job directing athletics in the Alamance-Burlington Schools system.

“This job just came along,” Turner said. “Once I learned about the position, I got excited about it. I thought it was a good position for me. When I got selected, that was my confirmation.”

Turner has tendered a 60-day notice to Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS).

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