Archive - Feb 2012
In May, North Carolina voters will voice their opinions on gay marriage in the state.
A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage will be on the ballot during the primary election.
Do you support the amendment? Voice your opinion now at observernewsonline.com.
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Trying to repeat its state title from a season ago, Fred T. Foard goes from the hunters to the hunted.
The Tigers wrestling team claimed the schoolâ€™s first-ever boys state championship a year ago.
Foard coach Mike Carey said the feeling of entering as defending champions isnâ€™t that different from starting last year as challengers.
â€śIt gives us a sense of confidence that we can do well,â€ť Carey said. â€śIndividually, we just have to wrestle every match we get the chance to. It could be the last time. We have to make sure we need to take care of things and good things will come.â€ť
A pair of Fred T. Foard swimmers were honored by the Northwestern 3A/4A conference this week for their outstanding achievements this past season.
The Tigersâ€™ Jake Pierce and Leah Watts were named conference swimmers of the year.
Watts shares her honor with Hickoryâ€™s Janie Kennedy.
Along with her solo award, Watts was named all-conference in the 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â€” Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday's race â€” right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle.
Tony Stewart, the defending NASCAR champion, won the first race and will line up next to Kenseth at Daytona International Speedway.
A Kings Mountain native will spend at least 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one of the most brutal murders in Catawba County history.
Michael Anderson, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in Catawba County court. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced in the aggravated range to 196 to 245 months in a N.C. Department of Correction prison.
Anderson has been in jail since Feb. 14, 2011, when he called a 9-1-1 operator and said he had shot, killed and â€śmutilatedâ€ť his roommate, 36-year-old Hickory resident Stephen Starr.
Xavier and Kaiden McMurtry expected to learn about the nation's presidents Thursday morning.
The Hickory boys didn't expect their father to join them.
Army Staff Sgt. Barry McMurtry just returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan, his fifth deployment. McMurtry's sons thought he would return this weekend, but he surprised them when he walked onto the stage at Mountain View Elementary School's Presidents' Day program.
Xavier and Kaiden walked onto the stage, surrounded their father and hugged him.
A man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to the brutal murder of a Hickory woman more than five years ago.
A Superior Court Judge sentenced Antonio Trejo, 32, to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to killing then-26-year-old Teresa Zavala in July 2006 at the Dogwood Hills Mobile Home Park in Hickory.
Trejo, who is from Mexico, is currently serving a 10-year, nine-month sentence for a different knife attack on a woman in November 2008. He was indicted for Zavalaâ€™s murder in spring 2009.
A former Fred T. Foard High School teacher pleaded guilty on Thursday to stalking one of his former students for more than a year.
John Donadio, 60, was ordered to pay court costs and enter into a prayer for judgment after pleading guilty to misdemeanor stalking. The charge, a class A1 misdemeanor, has a maximum punishment of 150 days in jail.
The stateâ€™s case against Donadio revolves around a host of incidents involving one of his former students, Josh Pruitt, from 2008-09.
Newtonâ€™s fire department faces burning needs, including a new fire station.
The downtown facility was last renovated in 1958, and a new station has moved from city leadersâ€™ â€śwantâ€ť list 10 years ago to the â€śneedâ€ť column today.
More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, including insight into the debate over the location for a new facility.
Also get details about the city fire departmentâ€™s efforts to fund more firefighters in an effort to meet national standards for structure fire response.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s chance to return to the Western Regional final â€” 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.
â€śIâ€™m proud of them,â€ť N-C coach Ike Williams said of his team. â€śWe 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.â€ť