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Archive - Feb 2012

February 27th

Attorney found dead in home

February 27, 2012

A former Catawba County government attorney and Conover City Council candidate was found dead Sunday at his home in Conover.


Lewis E. Waddell Jr., who was the subject of a recent N.C. State Bar investigation, was found dead in his home about 5:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to police reports.

He was 69.


Police were called to Waddell’s residence at 410 3rd Ave. NE in Conover after a neighbor discovered his body.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 27, 2012

Lewis E. Waddell Jr., 69, of Conover, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at his home.  The Waddell family has entrusted the arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Barbara Jane Hefner, 69, of Claremont, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  The Hefner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

School embezzlement trial begins

February 27, 2012

The trial of a Hickory woman accused of stealing money from an elementary school organization began Monday in court.

Holly Lafone Specht, 31, is accused of stealing money from Webb A. Murray Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) when she served as the group’s treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.

Specht is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of embezzlement by public officers and trustees, and four counts of forging endorsement.

Mayfield indicted in Caldwell County

February 27, 2012

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted Monday on four counts of felony larceny in Caldwell County.

The indictments stem from a year-long investigation by the Hudson Police Department in which officers probed the theft of trailers located at the site of the former Anderson Truck Lines at 2698 Hickory Blvd.

Authorities searched Mayfield’s Catawba home on Nov. 16, 2011, using a search warrant granted to the Hudson Police Department, and seized furniture found on the premises.

Hickory student charged with rape

February 27, 2012

A Hickory High School student was charged with first-degree rape after an alleged incident outside an area church on Saturday.

A 14-year-old girl says she was raped by two teenage boys Saturday afternoon outside of Exodus Church on Highland Avenue in Hickory.

Hickory police say the girl knew both suspects, including Mikal Jerome Gray, a 17-year-old Hickory High School student.

The girl says Gray and a 15-year-old male suspect raped her after a gathering for youth at Exodus Church.

Church break-ins suspect arrested

February 27, 2012

Police arrested a Conover man that they think may be linked to the city’s recent string of church break-ins.

Conover police arrested Ryan Chrishan Johnson, 26, of 611 11th St. SW in Conover, early Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into Family Health Care Practices near the five-point intersection downtown.

Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said CPD Officer Victor Morales spotted Johnson in an alley behind Family Health Care Practices about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and the suspect tried to hide behind several trash cans.

February 26th

Pair of Red Devils win wrestling state titles

February 26, 2012

A pair of Newton-Conover wrestlers earned individual state championships Saturday in Greensboro.

Senior Addison Klutz and sophomore Franklin Wepner both earned titles, the first since Andrew Tremain's state championship in 2010.

"It's an honor to be on the list of Newton-Conover state champions," Wepner said. "I would like to thank coach (Eddy) Clark and coach (Vallie) Murray. I'd also like to congratulate Addison for his state championship."

Klutz said he is thankful to those who helped pass along the rich tradition in the Newton-Conover wrestling program.

February 25th

Catawba County's week ahead

February 26, 2012

A black history celebration and a music fundraiser to benefit area students are among events in Catawba County this week. A variety of community organizations also welcome the public to their regular meetings.
To share events with the community, email the information and contact information to onenews@observernewsonline.com.
The O-N-E publishes an events listing daily on its Your News page, and Catawba County's Week Ahead appears each Monday at observernewsonline.com.

Monday

February 24th

Trojans win to reach third-straight Western Regional

February 24, 2012

Bandys is returning to the Western Regionals following a 73-55 win against North Stanly on Friday.

The Lady Trojans (27-2) delivered the Lady Comets their second loss of the season in New London.

“I was really tickled with the win,” said Bandys coach Beth Queen. “We went into a difficult gym to play at. They had a good crowd. It was a small gym. They were really loud.”

The Trojans fell behind 6-0 with two three-pointers from North Stanly, but Bandys roared back to take an eight-point lead after the first quarter.

Foard's McGinnis signs with Emory & Henry

February 24, 2012

The transformation from Tiger to Wasp started Friday for Katheryn McGinnis.

The Foard senior soccer player signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Emory & Henry this fall.

“I’m really, really excited,” McGinnis said. “It’s something I’ve always looked forward to as a kid growing up — getting to play first at the varsity level and now at college. I’m very excited that my dream is coming true.”

A four-year member of the Lady Tigers varsity squad, McGinnis earned all-conference honors last season and the coaches’ award in 2010.

For the second time in less than a week, the St. Stephens junior varsity football team tasted...
Below is a look at Thursday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: Volleyball Bunker...
Will Saenger scored three goals — all in the second half — leading Fred T. Foard to a 5-0 victory...

 

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